“It opens their eyes”: Sector Māngai elected at Hui

“It opens their eyes”: Sector Māngai elected at Hui

There’s a mix of old and new amongst the Sector Māngai elected at Public Sector, DHB and Combined sector hui in August and September.

Their role is to organise and advocate for Māori members in their sectors. They also represent their sectors on Te Kōmiti o Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Awhina and on sector committees.

“It’s a very important role so it’s great to see fresh faces coming forward, while we’ve retained some experienced hands too,” says PSA Kaiwhakarite Māori Marcia Puru. Rangatahi reps were also elected at the hui.


The hui also covered a range of issues with speakers and workshops on everything from public service reforms, to mental health and te reo revitalisation. But alongside that, the hui enabled delegates to share ideas and experiences and to go away invigorated and inspired.

“It opens their eyes to see that it’s not just about my workplace. We all have common issues,” Marcia says. “It is huge for engaging delegates, building whanaungatanga, kotahitanga and rangatiratanga.”



Rātonga Mahi ā Hāpori - Community Public Services: Christine Hawea, Violet Slade, Mahana Paerata, Pania Love, Elizabeth Wichman

Te Pōari Hauora ā Rohe - DHB: Allan Franks, Virgil Iraia, Lesley Dixon, Thereza Clark, Corina Alipate, Andrea Jerry, Pamela McCullough, Natasha Hohaia

Kāwanatanga-ā-Rohe - Local Government: Sally Simpson, Joy Benioni, Kevin Thompson, Reremoana Sinclair

Rātonga Mahi ā te Kāwanatanga - Public Service: Priscilla Benioni, Paula Davis, Pere Paul, Marshall Tangaroa

Rāngai Tūmatanui - State Sector: Alby Marsh, Susan Young, Gail Arthur, Melanian Brown


CPS Simone Best, DHB Jazemine Murray, Local Government Leila Bailey-Moore, Public Service Rireana Kirkwood, State Sector Lance Westrupp

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