Ngāti Hine Health Trust Executive Leadership Team. From left: Tania Pritchard, Geoff Milner, Jen Rutene-Smith and Jensen Webber.

Geoff Milner

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff Milner

Ko  Horouta  te  waka
Ko  Waiapu  te  awa
Ko  Hikurangi  te  maunga
Ko  Ngāti  Porou  te  iwi
Ko  Ngāti  Rangi  te  hapū
Ko  Reporua  te  marae
Ko  Tu  AuAu  te  whare  tipuna
Ko  Geoff  Milner  toku  ingoa

Geoff  took  up  the  role  as  CEO  for  the  Trust  on  24th  April  2017  having  relocated  to  Ngāti  Hine  from  Te  Tairāwhiti  (Gisborne  Turanganui-a-kiwa).  Geoff  brings  experience  in  senior  management,  governance  and  private  enterprise  to  Ngāti  Hine  Health  Trust  as  well  as  experience  in  a  pre  and  post  Treaty  Settlement  environment  within  Ngāti  Porou.  Having  worked  in  various  roles  within  the  health  sector  in  Hawkes  Bay  and  Tairāwhiti  as  well  as  on  the  ground  experiences  within  Te  Tairāwhiti,  Geoff  is  well  placed  to  contribute  to  the  issues  and  opportunities  for  Ngāti  Hine  Health  Trust  and  is  keen  to  learn  from  other  Māori  Providers  across  Aotearoa  as  well  as  our  neighbours  within  Te  Tai  Tokerau.  Geoff  counts  it  a  privilege  to  serve  Ngāti  Hine  Health  Trust  and  acknowledges  the  strong  foundations  laid  by  former  leaders.  He  is  committed  to  the  kaupapa  of  whānau  ora.

Geoff’s  wife  Reubena  is  currently  employed  by  He  Korowai  Trust  in  Kaitaia  and  their  youngest  son  Jack  is  presently  studying  at  Auckland  University.  They  also  have  two  adult  children.

Jen Rutene-Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer Rutene-Smith
MA First Class Hons, BA, DipTchg, NZTTC

Te Ngahengahe, Ngai Tuteauru, Ngati Kahu.
Marangai marangai, whiu atu taku manu ki tua o te pae Pūhangatohorā, kourua ko Whakarongorua
E papaki mai ana nga tai o Te Hokianga Whakapau Karakia ki raro

Jen’s whakapapa anchors her to the Hokianga. On both her grandparents and great grandparents sides, with her strongest identity links there. She attended Okaihau College. Her previous roles have related to Te Reo, Whānau, Education and Tikanga having held many senior levels of responsibility. This has included Treaty Tribunal research for the Hokianga Claimant Group, and Te Taitokerau Regional Coordinator: Victoria University of Wellington in Māori Medium Te Reo Māori Kaiako Professional Development Programme.

Her role as Chief Operations Officer – Whānau Ora is a key function charged to lead the operations of the Trust in what is a dynamic and challenging environment. The leadership team leads the implementation of the new way of working to support our whānau. Jen’s role is to work collaboratively in the leadership team to galvanise our kaimahi as part of our new organisational structure and new model of Whānau Ora Practice. Understanding that we continue our current work with whānau, at the same time learning to do that differently and learning to operate as one organisation. She looks forward to continuing this exciting work with Ngāti Hine Health Trust (NHHT) and is thankful to those who have entrusted her with this responsibility and opportunity to contribute to the journey.

The NHHT Strategic Plan 2018-2030 sets out a clear blueprint for a direction that will ultimately position NHHT, not for what Government wants but for what Whānau need in order to lead their own wellbeing journeys.

We seek to reconfigure our service design and delivery to align with thinking and practice that places whānau at the centre of everything we do, that encourages whānau leadership and that – in a systemic context and in the long-term is driving to ‘One Whanau, One Plan, One Place’

Jensen Webber

Chief Financial Officer

Jensen Webber

Ko Motatau te maunga
Ko Taikirau te awa
Ko Matawaia, ko Motatau ngā marae
Ko Hineamaru te tūpuna
Ko Ngāti Hine, ko Te Hikutu ngā hapū
Ko Ngāpuhi to Iwi
Ko Neri Paraha te tūpuna tane
Ko Heni Ngapeka Te Whata te tupuna wahine
Ko Heni Paraha tōku mama
Ko Bryan Webber tōku papa
Ko Jensen Webber taku ingoa

Jensen attended Northland College in Kaikohe and his wife Kate previously worked at Ngati Hine Health Trust in the Tamariki Ora team. He is well known in the Health sector having held roles as the Chief Executive Officer for Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation (PHO) and as the Portfolio Manager for the Northland District Health Board (NDHB). Jensen’s role as the Chief Financial Officer has some key areas of focus. To lead financial management and performance for the Trust; develop a growth strategy focused on whanau satisfaction; build on existing networks and relationships to optimise service provision to whanau; and transform wellbeing data to meaningful analytics and visualisations.

Tania Pritchard

Tikanga, People & Practice

Tania Pritchard
Tikanga, People and Practice

Ko  Maunga Emiemi, Ko Ahau Tieke nga maunga
Ko Te Patunga, Ko Karangahape nga marae
Ko Ngati Uru, Ko te Whanau Pani, Ko Ngati Kauwau nga hapu
Ko Ngati Kahu Ki Whaingaroa, Ko Ngapuhi nga iwi
Tania’s background  is a registered social worker involved in front-line practice for a number of years in community development, education and health, mental health and addictions.  The later years she has been working in various leadership roles across secondary and primary health care, in service development, funding /contracting and workforce planning.  Her role as Tikanga People and Practice draws on her experiences to support human resources, strategic workforce planning and development, quality/health and safety, policy and practice.  Tania’s passion is  growing teams and developing people to their full potential.