In March 2022, Māori Health Authority Interim Chief Executive Riana Manuel and Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Interim Chief Executive Fepulea’i Margie Apa spent some time filming these videos.

Watch these videos to get to know them a bit better and find out what inspires, motivates and grounds them.

Video transcript

Kia ora, e te whānau.

We’re proud and excited to have officially taken up the reins as the chief executives for the interim Māori Health Authority and interim Health New Zealand. We’ve had a busy, challenging and inspiring few weeks finding our feet in our new roles and getting ready for the introduction of the new organisations on 1 July 2022. 

We’re mindful that, as the heart of our healthcare community, you continue to meet the pandemic head on while experiencing the demands of keeping the health system running and supporting each other. We’re extremely proud of the work you do and the way you do it, whether that’s in our hospitals and communities or elsewhere in the system. 

We’re absolutely committed to getting out and about and meeting as many of you as we can over the next few months. Clearly that’s not quite as easy as it sounds right now. And meeting all 80,000 people who will be working for Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority from 1 July, plus our 120,000 provider partners, is a bit of a challenge. However, technology is on our side! Recently we spent some time filming a video so you can get to know us a bit better and find out what inspires, motivates and grounds us.   

Like so many of you who are drawn to work in the health sector, we’re motivated to build the mana of our people and improve the health system for our whānau, our communities and all New Zealanders. Manaakitanga is a concept centred on the strength of whānau and communities, and something that resonates for both of us as we lead this transformation.

The new structure and the introduction of the Māori Health Authority will show Te Tiriti in action. This is a remarkable public sector ‘first’ in addressing issues around inequities through a government and iwi partnership. The opportunity in front of us is to leave our tamariki and mokopuna with a system that nurtures and uplifts their hauora oranga (wellbeing).

Not only can we simplify our system, we can become much more flexible in the way we commission and deliver our services.  We can extend the types of innovations and localised responses we’re seeing through the pandemic, and encourage models of care that are tailored to the needs of our diverse communities.

One of our immediate priorities is working to get the people with the right skills and expertise in place to help us lead this mahi.  It's important that we build a leadership team that people can look to with trust and confidence, but that we're also managing the pace of that change to be able to respond to the pressures you’re facing right now.   

And crucially, a big part of our job in these first few months is to listen. We know that many of us are frustrated with what isn’t working – and we want to hear about that. But we also know that there are some exciting and innovative things happening and some great ideas about how to make it better. We’re just as eager to hear about that too.

We’re looking forward to meeting as many of you as we can, as soon as we can. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and your whānau during the next few challenging weeks of the pandemic.

Kia kaha, kia manawānui, kia haumaru te haere.