Co-chairs

Lil Anderson

Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi

Chief Executive, Office for Māori Crown Relations - Te Arawhiti

Lil has been leading the Caring for Communities workstream (C4C) within the All of Government Unit in DPMC for the last six months. She returns to her substantive role as Chief Executive at The Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti in October. Lil has more than 25 years’ experience in the Public Service and the wider State Sector.

Hannah Cameron

Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy and Policy, Te Kawa Mataaho

Public Service Commission

Hannah joined Te Kawa Mataaho in April 2018, having previously held the role of Deputy Chief Policy Officer at the Ministry of Health. Hannah started her career in the UK Civil Service and has worked in the New Zealand public service for 14 years in government departments that also include the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice and Department of Internal Affairs. During that time, she has worked on policy issues as varied as family violence, organ donation, special education and medicinal cannabis.

Better Outcomes Award and Service Excellence Judging Panel

  • Hannah Cameron
  • Lil Anderson

Isabel Evans

Director of Education, Ministry of Education

Isabel is a career public servant who has led the delivery of social services in the Auckland region for many years with an absolute commitment to supporting New Zealanders most in need. She is currently the Auckland Director for Education with the Ministry of Education. As a senior Pacific public sector leader her achievements and leadership provide inspiration for others. She has generously given her time and experience to mentor many across the public sector. In 2018 Isabel was an inaugural recipient of the New Zealand Public Service Medal.

John Henderson

Regional Commissioner for Social Development, Ministry of Social Development

John’s career spans more than 42 years of dedicated service to New Zealanders. He has been the Ministry of Social Development Regional Commissioner since 2001. John as had a career focussed on people. Since December 2019 John has been on secondment as a Principal Advisor for MSD. In 2019 John was awarded the New Zealand Public Service Medal.

Māori Crown Relationships Award Judging Panel

  • Hannah Cameron
  • Lil Anderson

Annie Aranui

Regional Commissioner, East Coast, Ministry of Social Development

Annie started her career as a Māori Cadet for the New Zealand Employment Service in 1983. She has held various management roles at MSD since then, and in 2015 was appointed MSD’s Regional Commissioner in the East Coast, a position she still holds today. Annie is committed to working collaboratively with partners to support better social and economic outcomes for whānau. As a grandmother of eight she is particularly focussed on supporting mokopuna and rangitahi to achieve their potential and aspirations. Annie partnered with Ngāti Pāhauwera to win the inaugural Spirit of Service Māori Crown Relationships award.

Geoff Short

Manahautū Tuarua, Deputy Chief Executive, Policy Partnerships, Te Puni Kōkiri

Geoff Short has extensive experience working across government and with Māori communities. In his previous role as an Executive Director at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Geoff led the work of the Child Wellbeing Unit and the Child Poverty Unit. He has also worked at the State Services Commission, as a Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Education, and served for a decade at Te Puni as Advisor to the Minister of Māori Affairs and latterly as the Deputy Secretary for Whānau and Social Policy.

Leadership in Governance Award Judging Panel

  • Hannah Cameron
  • Lil Anderson

Professor Gregor Coster CNZM

Dean of Faculty Health, Victoria University of Wellington

Gregor is the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Health at Victoria University of Wellington, appointed on 1 January 2017 to establish the new faculty including undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and to advance health research in areas such as health promotion, psychology, policy and service delivery, workplace health and safety and women’s health. Professor Coster is a highly experienced director who has served as the former chair of Counties Manukau DHB, chair of Worksafe New Zealand and board member of the Accident Compensation Commission, Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC), Health Workforce New Zealand and Unicef New Zealand.

Alan Isaac CNZM

Board Chair, Institute of Directors

Alan Isaac, CNZM, is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors New Zealand and President of the Institute’s National Council. He has extensive governance experience across the private and public sectors, and with sporting organisations. Alan was chair of KPMG for 10 years - until 2006 and is a former chair of New Zealand Cricket and former president of the International Cricket Council. He currently chairs the New Zealand Community Trust, and is a director of Selacs Insurance, Oceania Healthcare, Skellerup Holdings, Scales Corp and the Wellington Free Ambulance. Alan’s current community sporting roles include chair of the Basin Reserve Trust and trustee for the Wellington Cricket Trust and the Brierley Cricket Foundation.

Kirsten Patterson

Chief Executive, Institute of Directors

Kirsten Patterson (known as KP) is the Institute of Directors Chief Executive. She is a qualified lawyer and a Chartered Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand. She has extensive governance and leadership experience, and is actively involved in community initiatives. A strong advocate of diversity, KP was one of the founding members of Global Women’s ‘Champions for Change’, a group of senior executives and directors who commit to diversity in the workplace. She is also a founding member of WiSPA, an organisation promoting women in sport, and mentors a number of business leaders.

Young Leader of the Year Award Judging Panel

  • Hannah Cameron
  • Lil Anderson

Giovanni Fesuiai

Sector Manager, Parliamentary Group, Office of the Auditor General

Giovanni was born and raised in New Zealand and is of Samoan and New Zealand European descent. His Samoan heritage stems from the villages of Moata’a, Levili and Vaivase-Uta situated on the Samoan island of Upolu. He joined the Office of the Auditor-General in March 2020 as a Sector Manager in the Parliamentary Group. Giovanni was previously a Project Manager at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples leading work to expand training, education, and employment opportunities for young Pacific people in Auckland, Canterbury and Wellington. Prior to that he served at ACC and the Ministry for Primary Industries. Giovanni believes that spirit of service is about sacrifice, selflessness, leadership and choosing to do what is right, for the right reasons.

Jade Kinghazel

Pou Matarautaki, Operations Manager, Department of Conservation

Jade Kinghazel is Operations Manager, Whakatane Whirinaki Opotiki District for the Department of Conservation. Jade was the winner of the inaugural Young Leader of the Year Award in 2019 and says spirit of service is a way of life for her. Jade combines a passion for service to the community with being a great leader and manager. Outside work she volunteers with NZ Police Blue Light Programme and serves on a community trust supporting the revitalisation of a lower socio-economic area of Whakatane, for which she is working with local gangs to lead a project to build a park that will be a safe environment for families. She has developed and led components of the Ngāti Awa Rangitahi Leadership Programme.

Pou Tikanga | Cultural advisors

Tamahau Rowe (Leadership in Governance Award)

Whanganui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Taranaki

Tātai Heke Māori l Deputy Chief Executive Māori of Mātatū Aotearoa, New Zealand Teaching Council

Tamahau is currently delivering Titiri-led and values-based workshops over the Māori calendar year based around the theme of mana and what this means to iwi, to individual kaimahi and how mana is demonstrated, enhanced, and shared by each team at the Council. Tamahau has previously worked at the Ministry of Environment, provided cultural advice in Te Arawhiti, Ministry of Corrections, Whanganui District Council, and has been a devoted educationalist in Whare Wānanga, Secondary schools, and Kura Kaupapa.

Piriwiritua Rurawhe (Better Outcomes, Service Excellence and Māori Crown Relationships Awards)

Te Iwi Morehu, Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa

Pou Arahi – Chief Māori Advisor, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Piri is the former Secretary General of the Ratana Church and is now MBIE’s Chief Advisor Māori. Piri works across MBIE to ensure there are robust enduring relationships with Māori that align to the Māori Crown Partnership. He is also a board member of Tūhono Māori Public Servants Network.

Tu Sciascia (Young Leader of the Year Award)

Ngāti Kahungunu me Ngāi Tahu

Advisor Māori Capability, The Treasury

Tu is a current member of Puna Aronui - Senior Māori staff at the Treasury. A proud public servant all his (working) life, Tu has worked in Māori policy at Ministry of Education, as a national advisor of Māori art at Creative NZ, and for the last 5 years been advising the New Zealand Treasury on their Māori Capability journey. A regular and seen face on his marae in Pōrangahau, he is the chairman of Ngāti Kahungunu oldest kapa haka group - Tamatea Arikinui, a collector of Māori taonga and art, and is passionate about tikanga Māori and whakapapa. Tihei Mauriora!

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