Our Pou

On 15 April 2015, Dame Tariana Turia and Professor Sir Mason Durie were confirmed as Pou (Patrons) of Te Pou Matakana

“We are delighted and honoured to have Sir Mason and Dame Tariana as our Pou. Their support will be key in helping us to raise awareness of the vital work we do with Whānau Ora Partners and whānau across the North Island and we look forward to working closely with them” said TPM chair, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait.


Dame Tariana Turia

Ngāti Apa, Ngā Wairiki, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Whanganui | Pou, Te Pou Matakana

Dame Tariana Turia is widely regarded as the ‘Whaea’, or ‘Mother’, of Whānau Ora and was responsible for introducing it as a government policy for helping families in 2010.

Dame Tariana has held several ministerial portfolios including Minister responsible for Whānau Ora, Disability Issues, the Community and Voluntary Sector, as well as further Associate Ministerial responsibilities including Health, Housing, Social Development and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

Through her work in and outside of Parliament, she was able to significantly and positively affect the lives of countless others. She established the first Community and Voluntary Sector office, introduced the Treaty of Waitangi clause into the Health and Disability Act, and promoted the uptake of cultural competency as a basic standard right across the health sector. Her contributions towards the prevention of rheumatic fever and wide-ranging tobacco reform have seen her highly acclaimed on the international stage.


Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie

Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa | Pou, Te Pou Matakana

Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie is one of New Zealand’s most highly respected academics. His research on whānau development provided an important platform for Whānau Ora. He worked closely with Dame Tariana Turia to develop the Whānau Ora approach and was the founding Chair of the original Whānau Ora Taskforce in 2008.

He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand since 1995 and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit since 2001. In 2008, Otago University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Prior to retirement in 2012 he was Professor of Māori Research and Development and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Massey University. He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2013.

His extensive publications continue to be widely quoted within New Zealand and internationally, especially in connection with indigenous health advancement. In 2010 he was knighted for services to public health and especially Māori health.