Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Board

Hayden Wano, Chair

Hayden is of Te Atiawa, Taranaki and Ngati Awa descent and has over 30 years’ experience in senior health management. He is currently Chief Executive of Tui Ora Limited (a Māori development organisation and health and social service). Mr Wano has over 40 years’ health sector experience in mental health, community and medical services, including being the former Director of Clinical Services with Taranaki Healthcare Limited.

Hayden has held a wide range of governance positions, including Interim Chair of National Health Board, Chair of Taranaki District Health Board and Chair of Health Sponsorship Council. He is a former Director of TSB and recently retired from the role of Chair of TSB Community Trust. Hayden is currently a Board member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce and Wise Group.

Hayden has a Master of Business Administration from Massey University and participated in a Senior Executive Programme at Columbia University. In 2017 he received the Taranaki Mayoral Award for Business Excellence. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.

Dr Julie Wharewera-Mika

Julie is of Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tuhoe and Te Whānau-a-Apanui descent and is a Director, Clinical Psychologist and Lead Co-researcher at Manu Ārahi - The Flying Doctors. She has more than 20 years’ mental health experience, employed in various roles within the sector primarily as a clinical psychologist. She has been employed within inpatient services, Adult, and Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health District Health Board services. She is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Brain Research New Zealand, at the University of Auckland. Her broader areas of research interest are focused on improving Māori mental health and wellbeing, mental health service delivery, support services for survivors of sexual violence and Māori mental health workforce development.

Julie has extensive governance experience. She is the current Bi-cultural Director on the NZ Psychological Society Board and a member of the National Standing Committee for Bi-cultural Issues.

Julie has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, both from the University of Auckland.

Kevin Hague

Kevin is the Chief Executive of Forest & Bird. He has held various leadership roles in the business, government and community sectors. Kevin was previously Chief Executive of the West Coast District Health Board and Executive Director of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.

Kevin is a former New Zealand Member of Parliament and served on the Parliamentary Health Committee for eight years.

Kevin was a member of the New Zealand National Health Committee and the National Quality Improvement Committee, and was Chair of the New Zealand Public Health Advisory Committee.

Kelly Pope

Kelly is a mental health advocate, youth worker and writer. She is the Founder of Crazy Young Things Consulting, which provides consumer advice relating to mental health, peer support and youth participation. Currently, Kelly is the coordinator for Reframe Wānanga at Stepping Stone Trust - a Recovery College initiative for youth. Prior to this, she was a National Youth Consumer Advisor at Werry Centre and coordinator for the consumer network Awareness: Canterbury Action on Mental Health and Addictions.

Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury, a National Diploma in Mental Health Support Work from Southern Institute of Technology and a level 4 Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, though considers her most valuable qualification to be the fifteen years she spent using mental health services and journeying to understand her experiences beyond a bio-medical perspective.

Kendall Flutey

Kendall is of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kahungunu descent, and is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Banqer, an online programme that develops financial capability in children. Prior to this, Kendall held various positions including an accounting role at KPMG, web developer at Abletech, and founder roles with two other tech start-ups. She won the title of Young New Zealander of the Year in 2019, Te Whetū Maiangi Award for Young Achievers in 2019, and was named Young Māori Business Leader of the Year in 2018. Ms Flutey is a Trustee of Limitless, a youth-focused charitable trust. 

Kendall holds a Master of Entrepreneurship, a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting, all from the University of Otago.

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