Awerangi Tamihere is the chief operating officer at New Zealand’s North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency. She has been with the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency since its inception in 2014.
She has spent the last three decades working to support development of policy, blueprinting gamechangers together with operationalising systemic change that contributes to the success and wellbeing of Māori. Her career has spanned central government, regional crown entities, the private sector and working with her own iwi.
More recently her work has focused on social innovation and evidencing social impact in the Whānau Ora space. She is also a Board member on the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board (MEDAB) of which its Maori Economic development goals are also underpinned by outcomes progressing the wellbeing of Māori.
New Zealand’s Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency aims to improve the lives of Maori by embedding indigenous and cultural principles into modern-day social value approaches, while keeping whanau (the family unit) and wellbeing at the centre.