Our Board

The Board of Emerge Aotearoa is comprised of four Trustees from the former Recovery Solutions Group, four from the former Richmond Services and an independent Chair. 


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Board Chair: Gabrielle Huria 

Gabrielle Huria has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the Board. Gabrielle is of the Ngāi Tūāhuriri hapu based at Tuahiwi marae in North Canterbury. She has an impressive and extensive background in governance and in community and Ngai Tahu tribal development, as well as having NGO, mental health and community housing experience.  Her career has also spanned communication and broadcasting. More recently she is the Kaihautu/ Mission Leader for Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Tiaki Manatu.  Gabrielle is also one of two representatives for the Christchurch diocese on Te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika. 

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Board Kaumātua Advisor: Sir Pita Sharples 

Sir Pita Sharples has a doctorate in Anthropology/Linguistics and was formerly a Professor of Education at The University of Auckland.  Pita’s lifelong passion has centred around Hoani Waititi Marae, one of Aotearoa’s first inter-tribal marae for urban Māori, which he was instrumental in building. As well as pioneering the development of kohanga reo throughout New Zealand, he founded the first kura kaupapa Māori at Hoani Waititi Marae in 1985 and later developed the first whare kura (secondary school) for graduates of kura kaupapa.  He was also the inaugural chairperson of Te Rūnanga Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa.  Sir Pita also created the New Zealand National School of Māori Weaponry and was appointed Tumu Whakarae (Master).  He established Te Roopu Manutaki Māori cultural group, which he has led, composed and choreographed for, for over 30 years.  He led this group to victory in the 1975 and 1990 national kapahaka festivals.

Sir Pita pioneered the development of the Race Relations office in NZ and was appointed the inaugural Chief Executive Officer from 1972-1980. In 1990 he was awarded the great honour of a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday list of honours for his services to Māori and has been recognised for his involvement in a great number of initiatives aimed at Māori development, including being the cultural advisor to the various NZ Police Commissioners over the past 30 years. In terms of his involvement with the Police he is best known for his joint work educating people throughout NZ about the real dangers and consequences of using methamphetamine, as well as his many years working with gangs.  He also fronted a National Health Campaign called “It’s about Whānau” which promoted giving up smoking and specifically targeted a Māori audience, by whom he is highly respected and admired. Sir Pita recently retired as the Co-leader of the Māori Party and was a member of  Parliament from 2005 - 2014 during which time he served as the Minister of Maori Affairs.  He is a man of many faces, many talents and many passions and according to Pita himself, amongst his greatest achievements is that he is a proud father of five children and grandfather of eight mokopuna (grandchildren).

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Board Member: Graeme Bell 

Graeme has had an association with our public health system since 1993.  Most recently he was the Chief Executive of the Crown Health Financing Agency, a position he held from July 2002 until June 2012. The CHFA provided a range of financial, property and advisory services to District Health Boards. Graeme has previously held local and international senior management roles with Westpac, KPMG and Hutt Valley Health. He is experienced in strategic planning, risk management and financial management and control. Graeme has a comprehensive knowledge of the public health system and a broad range of business management skills. Graeme is a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.  He has accumulated 12 years of Board governance experience in health and disability sector NGOs.  

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Board Member: Dr Hinemoa Elder 

Hinemoa is of Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi descent.  She is married with two adult children. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists since 2006. Dr Elder is a current recipient of Health Research Council of New Zealand Eru Pomare Post Doctoral Fellowship. Her research into traumatic brain injury concepts and responses from a Māori perspective is internationally recognised. Dr Elder has been an Accident Compensation Corporation provider of neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with traumatic brain injury and their families since 2006. Dr Elder’s other subspecialty area of interest is Youth Forensic Psychiatry. Dr Elder has served on the Ministry of Health committees for youth forensic service development, conduct disorder and suicide prevention.  Dr Elder was a member of the expert advisory group of Blueprint II, which articulated the framework for New Zealand Mental Health service funding for a further 10 year period. She is a deputy psychiatrist member of the NZ Mental Health Review Tribunal and on the list of Specialist Assessors/Medical Consultants for assessment under the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003. Dr Elder is also an invited Research Associate of the Person-Centred Research Centre and the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at AUT.  She is a member of the Māori advisory board at the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland. Dr Elder is an advocate for the learning and use of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

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Board Member: Faumui Penelope Ginnen (Lope) 

Lope is a barrister at Halcyon Chambers specialising in family law.  She is a Court appointed lawyer for child and many of her cases involve families who struggle with violence, physical or mental health issues, addiction and poverty.  Lope is a Trustee of Brainwave Trust Aotearoa a charity that raises awareness about the impact of early experiences on infant brain development. She is an independent director of Ngati Whatua o Orakei Whai Maia Limited, a post settlement governance entity responsible for investment in education, health, housing and cultural development for Ngati Whatua o Orakei. Lope is also a member of the Community Advisory Group for Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Courts and a Director for Vaka Tautua, a Pasifika health support service provider.  She has previously been a Board member of Housing New Zealand Corporation, Hobsonville Land and Counties Manukau District Health Board.  Lope is of Samoan and NZ pakeha descent.

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Board Member: Shenagh Gleisner 

Shenagh has had a diverse career, managing front line mental health services, a Director of KPMG, a general manager in a Regional Health Authority, and a number of senior positions in the core public service. This includes roles in the State Services Commission, the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Acting Chief Executive of the Child Youth and Family Services, and the Acting Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of Labour.  She now undertakes a range of contracts in leadership and governance roles, across many sectors and agencies in the State Sector and not –for-profit agencies.

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Board Member: Materoa Mar 

Materoa is of Nga Puhi, Ngati Whatua and Ngati Porou descent, Materoa has been involved in mental health and Maori Health for more than 25 years in a variety of roles.  Materoa is currently Director - Maori Health for a large Primary Healthcare Organisation based in Palmerston North and also Leads the Whānau Ora Alliance Te Tihi o Ruahine.  She is a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation and served as Chair from 2004 to 2010. Materoa has also held various other Governance roles including but not limited to Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Manawatu, Hato Paora College and Te Rau Matatini. Materoa has also been involved over time with Indigenous Development and has benefited from visiting with and maintaining a broad array of relationships internationally.  Materoa is passionate and committed to improving the quality of services to Tangata Whaiora and Whānau.

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Board Member: Pat Snedden 

Pat is well-known and highly regarded for his extensive senior corporate governance experience in large New Zealand public entities in health, housing and infrastructure. He was Chief Crown Negotiator, Ngati Kahu and Te Hiku o Te Ika (Muriwhenua) and was involved in the settlement of major Treaty of Waitangi claims.  He is currently the Chair of Manaiakalani Education Trust, Chair of the Ko Awatea Education Partnership (CMDHB), and a Director for the Ports of Auckland. Formerly, pat has been the Chair of the Auckland District Health Board, Counties Manukau District Health Board, Housing New Zealand Corporation, Hobsonville Land Company and Tamaki Transformation Board.

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Board Member: Tim Walker 

Tim is a chartered accountant who runs his own business. He has worked for Deloittes, Inland Revenue and a number of other organisations in accounting and auditing roles.  In addition to his professional background, Tim has lived experience as a long term service user. In the late 1980's he was a client of Dorset House, a Richmond therapeutic community house. Since 2008, Tim has been a Trustee of Health Action Trust in Nelson. He is an experienced advocate both in hospital and consumer settings.