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Introducing the project group

Updated: Mar 24


The rōpū represent a Tiriti o Waitangi relationship model l, with equal numbers of tangata whenua and tangata tiriti. A key aim for setting up the rōpū was to have a balance between service user and practitioner perspectives. Lay people were selected to co-chair the rōpū and the co-chairs are Sally Wenley and Dr Sharon Gemmell. They both have extensive governance, service user and education experience. The table below shows the project rōpū. Where possible LinkedIn profiles have been included. Occupational therapist representatives were part of an expression of interest process. They were selected to represent the diversity of occupational therapist practice, across organisational, cultural, geographic and sector involvements. Several Nga Whakaora Ngangahau o Aotearoa (OTNZ-WNA) council members/president(past and present) are included.
The project rōpū is also supported by some key people also listed. The first online meeting has been held and members are familiarising themselves with the material needing to be reviewed. There will be a meeting kanohi-ki te-kanohi (face-to-face) soon. We will let you know project milestones and the engagement process after that hui.





Tangata Whenua
Dr Sharon Gemmell (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Rarua,   Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Kahungunu) LinkedIn
Jane   Hopkirk (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Muretu) occupational therapist and ex OTBNZ board member LinkedIn
Joanne   Gilsenan –   (Ngāti Apa Ki Te Ra To, Puaha Te Rangi) occupational   therapist  LinkedIn

Tangata Tiriti
Sally   Wenley – Layperson, ex OTNZ Board member
Gilbert Azuela - occupational   therapist LinkedIn
Joy   Aiton – occupational therapist LinkedIn



Supporting the rōpū
Crystal Beavis- project manager. Crystal was selected by OTBNZ to support the project and the rōpū. Crystal has a communications and project management background. Her experience includes working with the Waikato University, local government and within the health sector. She has been an elected member of both the Auckland and Waikato  District Health Boards and remains very involved with Diabetes Youth NZ. LinkedIn

Iris Pahau (Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri & Ngāti Awa) - OTBNZ Tikanga Advisor  LinkedIn
Rangimahora Reedy (Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato Tainui, Ngāti Rangiwewehi me Rangitane) – Layperson ex Board member LinkedIn
Jane Wilson - occupational therapy professional advisor OTBNZ 
Mary Silcock – Board’s professional advisor on 12 month sabbatical.



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