Whānau Āwhina Plunket is on a journey to ensure equitable health outcomes for tangata Māori. 

This is a goal we are passionate and committed to achieving – and we know we can’t do it alone. 

In February 2020, three Kaiārahi Māori (Māori Capability Advisors) joined Whānau Āwhina Plunket to strengthen our internal capacity and capability to truly ‘walk the talk’.   

Their role is to assist, support and work alongside our Executive Leadership Team to ensure we're delivering equitable and meaningful outcomes for whānau Māori. 

We believe if we get it right for our most vulnerable whānau, we will get it right for everyone. 

Meet our Kaiārahi Māori: 

Waiana Collier 

WaianaKo Rakaumangamanga tōku maunga 

Ko Taumarere tōku awa 

Ko Ipipiri tōku moana 

Ko Mataatua tōku waka 

Ko Ngapuhi tōku iwi 

Ko Ngatikuta tōku hapu 

Ko Te Rawhiti tōku marae 

Ko Waiana Collier tōku ingoa 

Waiana is of Ngāpuhi descent and joined Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s Community Services in June 2017. Prior to her tenure with Plunket, Waiana held comprehensive Māori Health management roles within a leading Public Health Organisation (PHO) in Auckland. She has extensive experience in Māori health and early childhood education experience, where she managed bilingual early childhood centres before joining Auckland’s leading PHO. 

Waiana holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business: Māori Development with Honours having received the Dean’s Senior Prize. 

Waiana is passionate about Māori development and looks forward to bringing her skill set to these newly formulated roles. 

Diane Pakai 

DianeKo Puketapu te maunga 

Ko Ngaruroro te awa 

Ko Takitimu te waka 

Ko Tamatea Ariki Nui te rangatira 

Ko Ngati Kahungunu ki Heretaunga toku iwi 

Ko Ngati Hinepare me te Upokoiri toku hapu 

Ko Omahu toku marae 

Ko Kahukuranui te wharenui  

Ko Ruatapuwahine te wharekai  

Ko Mataora Toatoa raua Ko Tangimatua Hohepa oku matua 

Ko Diane Tangiora Pakai taku ingoa 

Ki Tamaki Makaurau Grey Lynn e noho kainga 

E toko toru nga tamariki, e toko whitu nga mokopuna 

Ko Kaiarahi Maori Capability Advisor ahau me nga roopu Whānau Āwhina Plunket 

No reira Tena Koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou katoa 

Prior to her role as a Kaiārahi Māori, Diane was a health care worker for the B4 School team. It was there that she realised more needed to be done to service Māori whānau who need us most. 

Diane has a background in health and wellness and has a number of qualifications and work backgrounds – naturopath, teacher, personal trainer, health & wellness consultant, coaching and volunteer support. She also brings with her experience as a solo parent, whāngai to her eight-year-old mokopuna, whaea to three adult children, kuia to seven mokopuna and, she says, aunty to too many! 

Fitness, mindfulness and spiritual wellness are three things that Diane has always been passionate about.  

“It was termed holistic healthcare, but it was the way we lived in Te Ao Māori from our late mother’s perspective – it was her encouragement and upbringing that enabled me to be the person I am today.” 

“E hara taku toa I te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini - My valour is not that of an individual but that of a multitude” 

“He waka eke noa - We’re all in this together” 

Leandra Wetere 

LeandraKo Hikurangi te maunga 

Ko Waiapu te awa 

Ko Nukutaememeha te waka 

Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi 

Ko Hinepare, Ko O-Hine-Waiapu ōku marae 

Ko Ngāi Tane, Ko Te Whanau a Takimoana ōku hapū 

Ko Leandra Wetere tōku ingoa 
 
Leandra is of Ngāti Porou and Scottish decent and began her journey with Whānau Āwhina Plunket in 2015 as a Community Services Co-ordinator.  Prior to joining Whānau Āwhina Plunket Leandra’s passion and commitment to whānau Māori had her in various roles within the community, working along side whānau and various sectors of public service,  including a role as victim’s advisor for the Waitakere District Court. Leandra holds a Bachelor in Māori & Indigenous Planning & Development.   

She began her career as a signaller in the New Zealand Army during which time she was deployed to Cambodia as part of a United Nations Mission and was awarded the New Zealand Operational Service medal, the United Nations medal and the Australian Meritorius Unit Citation.  

Leandra is married to Dale Wetere, nō Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Whātua and they have three tamariki and two mokopuna which have given her the biggest qualification in life! In her spare time Leandra enjoys rāranga (weaving) and spending time with whānau.

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