Jaqui Ngawaka

 Jaqui asserts that the state of mental health is a wicked problem that requires collective, concerted commitment.

Jaqui is a leader who believes in the potential of Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi to guide future prosperity for Aotearoa NZ.  She has used her professional skills and qualifications across education, broadcasting, and iwi development. She has also been involved in governance work including Chair roles and current appointments in the mental wellness sector. She is a Board member of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and the Chair of Emerge Aotearoa Trust subsidiary Mind and Body Consultants.

Jaqui was raised in the King Country and her principal whakapapa connections extend throughout Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāpuhi.