Māngere Integrated Community Health

Te Roopu Whakahaere/Leadership Group

The MICH Roopu Whakahaere was appointed on 20th March 2008 following extensive community consultation and public advertising.

The Tangata Whenua members

Five Tangata Whenua members were selected at an initial hui called by Mana Whenua and Tangata Whenua. The current members are:

  • Joseph (Joe) Wilson (Co-chair)
  • Janice Roberts
  • Mavis Tua
  • Hineamaru Rōpati

The Tangata Tiriti members

Five Tangata Tiriti members were appointed by an initial selection panel from Tangata Whenua, the Māngere Community Board and the Counties Manukau District Health Board. The current members are:

  • Peter Sykes (Co-chair)
  • Fia T. Tupou
  • Mele Tuilotolava
  • Makaafi (Maka) Mahe
  • Tim Hou

A brief profile on each of the members follows.

Tangata Whenua members

Joseph Wilson

Joseph (Joe) Wilson

Ko Maungakiekie te maunga
Ko Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa te moana
Ko Te Waiohua te iwi
Ko Te Ākitai te hapu
Ko Pūkaki me Makaurau ōku marae
Ko te whānau o Wirihana Takānini
Ko Hōhepa Wirihana Takānini e mihi atu nei ki a koutou
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Born and raised in Māngere, Joe retains his strong links with Pūkaki, Makaurau and Te Puea marae. Joe is of Te Waiohua/Ngāpuhi/Tūhoe whakapapa. He has worked in the commercial, alcohol and other drugs and correctional sectors and is currently employed with the Department of Corrections.

Joe is a family man who is passionate about his community and the significance of the value of relationships in developing community life.

Janice Roberts

Janice Roberts

Janice Roberts belongs to Te Wai o Hua ki Te Ākitai and Te Wai o Hua ki Te Ahiwaru hapū, the Mana Whenua hapū of Māngere. Janice has lived in Māngere all her life. ‘I’m passionate about my community. It’s home to my children, grandchildren and whānau,’ she says.

The chairperson of Makaurau Marae, Janice is actively involved in all initiatives relating to community wellbeing. These include health, education, housing and the environment. And as a social worker for Counties Manukau DHB, Janice supports patients and their whanau with their choices for ongoing healthcare.

Mavis Tua

Mavis Tua

Mavis has lived in Māngere for 35 years. She is actively involved in community work through Senior Citizens Māngere East and Papatoetoe Senior Citizens. Mavis is passionate about the needs of elderly citizens and those that experience mental and physical disabilities.

Mavis is a professional social worker by training and has previously worked in the hospital sector as a child and adolescent clinical social worker. Her tribal affiliations are Ngā Puhi, Tainui, Ngāti Whakaue and Taranaki.

Hineamaru Ropati

Hineamaru Ropati

Hineamaru has lived in Māngere for 24 years with her husband and raised seven children plus one yummy mokopuna. She is actively involved with a number of community organisations including: chair of Te Kura Kaupapa a Rohe o Māngere, marae trustee for Papatūānuku Marae, trustee for Genesis Youth Trust, member of Ngā Mahi Kia Tūpato o Tāmaki (Māori Injury Prevention Forum), trustee for Manukau Institute of Technology Runanga Board and chair of Manukau City Council Prevention Advisory Group (PAG). Hineamaru belongs to Ngāti Hine.

Hineamaru is currently employed by ACC as the Community Injury Prevention Consultant covering the geographical areas of Manukau, Papakura and Franklin through to Waikato. In this role, she sits on a number of cultural strategy forums that include mainstream, Pacific, Asian and Māori. She is the advocate for Māori and Pacific issues on the national Injury Prevention Aotearoa NZ Forum and for a strong growing movement called Te Waka Kai Ora (Māori organics).

Tangata Tiriti members

Peter Sykes

Peter Sykes

Peter has lived and worked in Māngere for over 20 years and has a background as a teacher, youth worker, community development worker and minister. Peter is married and his 3 children have been educated at Māngere schools.

Peter is the CEO of the Māngere East Family Service Centre which is a health, education and social services provider. He is currently involved with several organisations in Māngere including the ministry team at Selwyn Anglican Church. Peter is president of the Māngere East Rugby League & Sports Club, chair of Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate School Board of Trustees, treasurer of the Māngere East Primary School Board of Trustees, President of the Rotary Club of Mangere and a member of Māngere Safety team.

Fia T. Tupou

Fia T. Tupou

Fia T. Tupou is a family counsellor/therapist and is ACC registered. Fia was born and raised in Samoa and has lived in Māngere Bridge with her family for the last 15 years. She currently works with Genesis Youth Trust, a Police youth development programme and also runs a private practice.

Fia brings to the development of MICH a wealth of professional and cultural knowledge and experience at both governance and operational levels. She has been a member of the Māngere Community Board and the Pacific Advisory Group. She co-founded Malu l Uo Faatuatua, a community charitable trust that provides counselling and family therapy. The trust also provides clinical and cultural supervision for practitioners and NGOs.

Mele Tuilotolava

Mele Tuilotolava

Mele is the third daughter of Viliami and Louna Tuilotolava, who came to Māngere from Tonga in 1964 and have lived here ever since. Mele is a lawyer based in Friendship Chambers Manukau, and is married with three sons. She has worked in Manukau since 1999 and has provided legal clinics at the Māngere Citizens’ Advice Bureau and on Radio 531 PI. She is a past member of the National Ethics Committee for Health and Disability and was a Trustee of Ta Pasefika Primary Health Organisation until 2010 when it merged with Alliance Plus PHO.

Makaafi Mahe

Makaafi (Maka) Mahe

Maka has lived in Māngere for 14 years. He is currently a counsellor, group facilitator and cultural advisor for Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri in drug and alcohol services, domestic violence and gambling addictions.

Maka has worked with several community organisations in Māngere including the Pacific Care Trust mental health education programme, Pacific Island Alcohol and Drug Care NZ education programme, and Child, Youth & Family’s family therapy and gambling education programme. He has also been on the board of trustees of Māngere Central Primary School.

Tim Hou

Tim Hou

Tim Hou is a general practitioner who has worked as a partner at Māngere Health Centre for the past 10 years. Tim graduated in medicine from the University of Otago. He is currently a director of Procare Network Manukau Primary Health Organisation (PHO). Tim was a member of the MICH Planning Group that developed the project structure and process. Tim brings valuable experience to the group as a clinician who works with and in the Māngere community.

Programme Director – MICH

Tony Spelman – Ngāti Hikairo

Tony has lived in Māngere since 1996. He has been involved in health issues in the region in both community and consulting roles:

  • Community participant in the credentialling process for Counties Manukau District Health Board clinicians  2004 – 2011
  • Member of the Community Panel providing advice to the District Health Board on DHB initiatives and practice from a community perspective since 2005 – 2010
  • Worked with the Counties Manukau District Health Board to develop and implement tikanga best practice since 2005 – 2008

Tony works as a consultant with organisations in the not-for-profit and government sectors. He chaired the planning group to oversee the establishment of the MICH project in Māngere in 2007.

Since 1984 Tony has worked in the field of human resources and organisation development within the public sector. Since 1990 he has worked with the Treaty of Waitangi in the life and work of public sector organisations, in both central and local government.

He has worked at the Manukau City Council as Manager of Governance and Democracy, on ways that communities can participate in the affairs of local government and how local government can develop sustainable Tiriti/Treaty relationships with Mana/Tangata Whenua.

From 2005 – 2011 he co-chaired the Community Sector Taskforce, a national advocacy group which works on behalf of organisations in the Tangata Whenua, community and voluntary sector.

He is a former member of the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) Rūnanga and MIT Council.

Tony is also involved in tribal management for his iwi Ngāti Hikairo in Kāwhia, working as secretary of Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo since 1998.