Pegasus Health welcomes new Director of Hauora Māori and Ōritetanga

Pegasus Health’s commitment to equity and access will be further strengthened with the appointment of Irihāpeti Mahuika as its Director of Hauora (Health and Wellbeing) Māori and Ōritetanga (Equity and Equality).

This newly-created role supports Pegasus Health’s commitment to reduce inequities, increase access to services and improve hauora outcomes for Māori in Canterbury.

“Irihāpeti will bring focused leadership to Pegasus Health’s role in improving health outcomes for Māori. We have robust strategies and governance structures in place to help us achieve equitable health outcomes for Māori and these frameworks will now be supported by Irihāpeti’s knowledge, mana and leadership”.

“I’m honoured to be handing this korowai (cloak) to Irihāpeti. She will support us, the sector and the community to help Māori whānau flourish” says Pegasus Health CEO, Vince Barry.

Irihāpeti comes to Pegasus from Haeata Community Campus, where she was Director of Learning. She has a great passion for Kaupapa Māori and believes that strong, mana-enhancing relationships and communities centred around whānau are key to empowering Māori people to take charge of their lives.

“We were drawn to Irihāpeti because her values sit so beautifully with ours. She is a strong, thoughtful, confident wāhine, who leads with integrity and courage. She is able to genuinely connect with people and she cares deeply about her community.”

Irihāpeti is of Kāi Tahu descent and is committed to strengthening partnerships with mana whenua.

Nau mai, haere mai, Irihāpeti!

From left: Irihāpeti Mahuika, Hector Matthews – Executive Director, Māori and Pacific Health Canterbury DHB, Vince Barry – CEO Pegasus Health, Peter Townsend – Chair Pegasus Health Charitable Ltd, Mark Liddle COO Pegasus Health.