Riki Manarangi (Co-Chair)

Riki is a strong beliver that his strength is to see things holistically, in that everything is interconnected. He gains this lens from being Māori (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Raukawa), Pacifika (Rarotonga, Cook Islands) and Pākehā (Ireland).

With this, both parents were also social workers for over 10 years and advocated empowerment of all fostering whānau to be good kaitiaki of our tamariki in while their care. One of his passions is to make sure that these values of empowering whānau are continued to be advocated for at a national level, with an interest to ahi kā the mana afforded to Birthright NZ over the past 65 years. He is a University of Waikato graduate having degrees in Law (LLB/LLM) and Management (BMS/MMS) and is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court. 

Active within the community over the past 15 years, Riki has been Chair, President and Secretary of various not-for-profit/charitable organisations.

Based in the mighty Waikato, Riki was the Deputy Chair of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce, and is an entreprenur and business owner, advisor to a consultancy firm, Key Relationships Manager for the New Zealand Shareholders Association and a Trustee of Birthright Waikato and Link House Trust.

Tracey Robinson

Aio ki te Aorangi

Aroha ki te Aorangi

Koa, koa, koa ki te Aorangi

Pono ki te Aorangi

Tihei Mauri Ora

 

Tētahi taha o tōku māmā, nō Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu me Ngāti Tūwharetoa,

Ko Ngāti Whakatere rātou ko Ngāti Hinepare me Ngāti Parekaawa ngā hapū.

Tētahi taha o tōku pāpā, nō Ngāti Kauwhata, nō Tainui waka, ko Ngāti Hinepare te hapū.

Ko Robbie Robinson tōku hoa rangatira, nō Taranaki whenua, nō Aotea waka, nō Ngā Rauru rātou ko Ngāti Ruanui me Ngāruahinerangi ōna iwi,

Tokowhā akū tamariki, tokowaru akū mokopuna,

Ko Tracey Robinson ahau.

Heoi ano, tēnei te mihi maioha kia koutou katoa.

Tracey Robinson is of Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu,  Ngāti Tūwharetoa,

Ngāti Whakatere  and Ngāti Hinepare descent.  Tracey has had extensive social work history within statutory and non- government, Iwi and education organisations.  Tracey is currently Care & Protection Co-ordinator, Oranga Tamariki, Horowhenua Site.

Tracey is also an experienced governor and is a Trustee for Ngāti Whakatere, Chairperson for the Whaioro Trust, a member of Te Awahou Māori Women’s League, member of the Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) Complaints Committee and a member of one of the Ministry of Health’s Advisory groups.  Tracey is a mother and grandmother. 

Wajirani Adhihetty

Waji Adhihetty emigrated from Sri Lanka and has a Masters degree in Polymer Science and Technology.  She also has a post-graduate diploma in Project and post-graduate diploma Business Management.  Waji has been a project and technical advisor for government in Sri Lanka in the sustainability area. 

Waji is the mother of three children. She sits on the Birthright Wellington Board and is passionate about empowering women and children. 

 

Mark Ford

Mark is an experienced finance and operational management professional with over 20 years experience as a senior manager within the media/publishing, financial services, transport and water sectors. Mark is a member of the senior leadership team at Wellington Water where he is Chief Financial Officer and General Manager Business Services.  Mark is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). 

Mark is a member of the Birthright Wellington as well as the Birthright National Board where is is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

 

Susan Symons

Susan is an experienced governor in the NGO sector. Susan served on the New Zealand Federation of Budgeting Service National Board, and acting as a District Representative for Southland. Susan has also sat on the National Board for COGs and served a number of terms at a local level.

Susan is based in Alexandra and is the mother to 4 grown children, and a grandparent. Susan has been involved in Birthright for over 30 years at both a local and national level. 

Leanne Inder (Co-Chair)

Leanne is an experienced senior leader with experience in leading and managing large scale change initiatives who has run her own consultancy for the last 13 years, providing management consulting advice, HR and change leadership to clients across the public, NGO and private sectors.  Leanne has an extensive background in transformational change nationally and internationally.  She is an experienced public sector leader. During her time with the Ministry of Social Development Leanne was seconded as the HR Director to Child Youth and Family as a member of the CYF Senior Leadership Team where she prepared the organisation for the creation of Oranga Tamariki in close partnership with the Expert Advisory Panel.  She was also a member of the Senior Leadership Teams for the Community Investment Group, and the Service Delivery Senior Leadership Teams.  

Leanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a triple major in Management, Human Resources & Industrial Relations, and Commercial Law, and in 2020 was awarded a scholarship to study towards an LLB at Victoria University of Wellington Law School which she is currently completing whilst running her business. Leanne is a trained Executive Coach and is a single parent to 4 children, including twins.