Mai Maketu ki Tongariro
Tai noa atu ki Waikato
He piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha.
Ko ahau he uri o Ngati Rongomai , Ngati Pikiao o Te Arawa me Ngati Koroki – Kahukura, Tainui.
I was born in Rotorua, raised on the beautiful shores of Lake Rotoiti. Currently resides in Tāmaki Makaurau (South Auckland).
Donna has an extensive background in health promotion coupled with three years study in health promotion. She brings a broad range of expertise and connections having held several roles working on programmes and kaupapa in Māori health, Community Action Youth & Drugs (CAYAD), rangatahi health and wellbeing, homelessness, mental health and disabilities, suicide prevention, physical Hauora, sexual health, and advocacy for children in care. She has worked predominately on national programmes therefore has great insights into the contrast differences in strengths, needs , challenges for different communities in rural and urban settings. From grass roots to advocating at a policy level she doesn’t shy away from connecting with communities, listening, and actioning as a voice and representation for Māori and vulnerable communities.
Donna is the Pou Whakahaere Community Engagement Health Promotion Manager at MHF. She project leads our mahi for education settings and provides strategic direction to the working well mahi in developing and delivering culturally responsive approaches that create supportive work environments for Māori