May 06, 2016
Strategy job platform for change
Auckland Council could be in for a culture change.
Long time community activist Amokura Panoho was yesterday welcomed aboard as paeurungi waka whanake within the council's Te Waka Anga Mua Maori strategy and relations unit.
That means she's responsible for setting measurement and reporting processes, turning the strategic objective of being responsive to Maori into a reality within the council's business units, and providing advice on all Maori specific policy.
Mrs Panoho, who has just returned to the city after 10 years working for her iwi in Taranaki, says she's excited to be part of a leadership team focused on organisational culture change.
"There's of course always lots of work to be done among our people but we need our treaty partners to be able to effectively contribute to our development as a treaty partner and the council plays a significant role in Auckland city which has the largest Maori population," she says.
Te Waka Anga Mua is at the cutting edge of local government responsiveness to Maori because of its pan-tribal approach.
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