Youth Horizons | Kia Puāwai welcomes new board member

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19 April 2022

Tania Thomas (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Mahurehure) has extensive leadership experience in the disability sector and started her career as a rehabilitation specialist working in the field of vision impairment.

Her most recent role was at Te Roopu Taurima, the largest kaupapa Māori disability support service in Aotearoa, where she was Manawhakahaere (CEO) for the past seven years.

In May, Tania will take up the position as Director of Advocacy for IHC.

Prior to joining Te Roopu Taurima she was the Director of the Whānau and Family Knowledge Centre at the Families Commission. Tania has also held the role of Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner responsible for portfolios in disability, Māori health, prisoner health and allied health professionals.

Tania holds governance roles within Ngāti Kahu, is on the Board of the National Advocacy Trust, the NZ Disability Support Network and convenor of Tui Tuia, NZDSN’s Māori Advisory Group, ASID/Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability and is an Area Governor within Rotary. 

She has an MBA from the University of Auckland. Nau mai, Tania!