MidCentral Governance Group
The purpose of the MidCentral Governance Group is to provide strategic oversight of the Mana Whaikaha prototype.
Meet the MidCentral Governance Group
Members of the MidCentral Governance Group were appointed by the Minister for Disability Issues and Associate Minister of Health.
Peter Allen (Chair)
Peter’s whakapapa has links to Rangitane, one of the local iwi within MidCentral. Peter has a visual impairment. Peter spent twenty years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and for the last 9 years has worked as a civilian logistics analyst for the NZ Army at Linton Military Camp developing his strategic overview skills. Peter is a member of the Retina NZ management committee (a small incorporated society) that includes both governance and management responsibilities. Peter supports the intent and vision of Mana Whaikaha of giving more choice and control to disabled people and whanau as it is humanity in its most basic form – control over your life.
Heather Browning (Deputy Chair)
Heather has worked in the disability sector in New Zealand and Australia, initially as a Physiotherapist, and latterly in a variety of Service Management and Project Management roles for around forty years. She is now also actively involved in supporting the settlement process for former refugees in her role with the New Zealand Red Cross. Heather has experience in governance across a range of organisations. She is passionate about ensuring change and growth is sustainable, that policy development is driven by meaningful population outcomes and that service providers are accountable to the people they serve.
Rachel represents the views of hundreds of people with a learning disability living in the MidCentral region. She has lived experience which inspires her helping others speak up to have a better life, more choice and control. As well as being an active member (and Treasurer) of People First Manawatu, she has knowledge of rights and experience in running self-advocacy meetings for IDEA Services. Rachel has spoken up about education, living in residential services, lack of staffing and how hard it is to speak when things aren’t going well.
Martin has been involved as an academic activist in disability issues for most of his life. He sees the Enabling Good Lives – System Transformation as the best framework ever proposed in Aotearoa for disabled people to build the kind of lives they want. This because Enabling Good Lives – System Transformation has been co-designed with disabled people to the fore and because it is principles-based. He wants the MidCentral prototype to be successful – that is why he is serving on the Governance Group where he has strategic input.
Rasela has an affinity with people; she is a parent of children with disability, a teacher with 11 years’ experience and a manager of Pasifika for Tomorrow in which she walks alongside Pasifika people and provides support to maximise their potential. Rasela’s strong connections with the Pasifika communities in the MidCentral area assists Mana Whaikaha’s introduction into their families.
Pip has been married to William for 27 years and together they are parents of 6 daughters. Pip believes all people come with their own gifts, talents and challenges and that all of these should be respected and valued. She spent her parenting years at Playcentre and appreciates the lifelong learning valued in that environment. Pip has been an active member of The Learning and Behaviour Charitable Trust and is currently a member of the Enabling Good Lives Leadership Group and the MidCentral DHB Consumer Council. Pip’s beliefs and lived experienced have given her strength as an advocate for her daughter and other families helping them find their voice or to be their voice. Pip represents children and families and brings them to the forefront through her role with the MidCentral Governance Group as the disability support system undergoes transformation.
Maxine is the CEO for the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation Manawatu which provides accommodation and 24-hour lifestyle support for 35 disabled people. She is also the Treasurer for the Disabled Person’s Assembly (Palmerston North and Central Districts). Maxine’s previous roles have included being Chairperson for the Brain Injury Association (Palmerston North) Chairperson of the Globe Theatre Trust Board and Chair of a Council Controlled Organisation (Palmerston North City Council). The experiences in leadership and governance give Maxine a unique perspective from which to support the Governance Group.
Peter has been a union organiser with the Public Service Association for 13 years. During that time, he has worked extensively in the disability, community health and DHB areas. Peter has also been an advocate for a family member with a learning disability. Peter’s knowledge and clarity of thinking around employment matters will be valued in Mana Whaikaha’s workforce development stream.
Angela is a chartered accountant who works in Palmerston North. She was the strategic financial manager for the Rangitikei District Council and was the financial accountant for Northland Regional Council. In these roles, she has been responsible for developing budgets and financial policies, and the financial strategic direction. Angela has comprehensive experience with long-term budgeting and preparing reports for diverse audiences that include the perspectives of the community.
How the MidCentral Governance Group works together
The MidCentral Governance Group meet monthly. There are several key documents that guide their work and how they work.
MidCentral Governance Group Terms of Reference
MidCentral Governance Group Code of Conduct
Letter of expectations to the MidCentral Governance Group
To support the governance group's work, the Minister for Disability Issues and Associate Minister of Health set out their priorities for the transformed disability support system and their expectations to the governance group in a letter.
MidCentral Governance Group Framework
The MidCentral Governance Group developed a framework to guide their decision making.