Allan Franks

Te Rarawa/Ngaa Puhi
Ngaati Maniapoto

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He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
Kia ora mai tatou.

I’ve been told I’ve been a PSA delegate for 15 years, (really doesn’t seem that long) and I’ve been Kaimahi Māori in Mental Health Services for all that time, maybe longer.

My inspirational role-models for this work has been my mother, Whaea Wikitoria, the Whaea for the ADHB for a decade, and her tuakana Whaea Kerehi well known to Tokanui Hospital. I am presently Kaiatawhai with Manawanui Hinengaro Services ADHB.

Currently I am one of two Sector Māngai for the DHB Sector Committee and sit with Te Rūnanga O Ngā Toa Āwhina. I am also the Convenor for Te Tira Hauora, the Māori component of the DHB Sector Committee. I am the Māori Enterprise Delegate for the ADHB with links with other MEDs in Area 1 i.e. Waitemata DHB and Counties Manukau DHB.

My interest in joining this committee is to support Tikanga Māori with He Takataapui on behalf of Te Rūnanga O Ngā Toa Āwhina and meet with like-minded people to make our Union more user-friendly.