Ngā kōrero waitohu Our brand story

Launching the new commission

On Wednesday, 14 April 2021, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission held an event to acknowledge the establishment of the Commission, which officially opened its doors on Wednesday, 9 February 2021.

Hon Andrew Little, Minister of Health, Hayden Wano, Chair of the Commission Board, Dean Rangihuna, He Ara Oranga Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry Panel member, and former Mental Health Commissioner, Kevin Allan, spoke at the event.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission launch, April 2021

Dean Rangihau address to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, April 2021

Te Hiringa Mahara brand launch event 2022


Highlights from the Commission brand launch event, June 2022

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission officially unveiled its new name Te Hiringa Mahara at a ceremony in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington on 5 July 2022. Hayden Wano, Chair of Te Hiringa Mahara Board, Sharon Shea from our Expert Advisory Group, representatives from our creative partner agency, iwi ahi kā and Te Hiringa Mahara Chief Executive Karen Orsborn, spoke at the event.

Te Hiringa Mahara signifies positive energy, thoughtfulness, encouragement, confidence and strength. It inspires and ignites our inquiring and inquisitive minds, illuminating and liberating the potential within. On Tuesday, 5 July 2022, we held an event to officially unveil our new name Te Hiringa Mahara.

Our new name embraces our role as kaitiaki of mental health and wellbeing and is an expression of the commitment to being an organisation grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Te Hiringa Mahara is inclusive of all people, Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti. It is enduring and presents a challenge for us to live up to.

Te Hiringa Mahara: Te hinengaro tūmata tōrunga pai o te whakaaro nui - Igniting minds through positive energy and thoughtfulness.

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