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Board Member Appointed to District Health Board

Vaka Tautua Board Member, Dr. Lana Perese, has been appointed to the Board of Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) by Health Minister, Dr. David Clark. She joins former Vaka Tautua Chief Executive Officer, Vui Mark Gosche, who has been reappointed as Chair.

In a press release today, David Clark said he was delighted with the calibre of people that had agreed to take on the board roles.

“District Health Boards play a vital role delivering health care to New Zealanders. It’s critical that they are well led, and well governed,” David Clark said.

“DHB board governance is not an easy job. It requires leadership, focus, a strong skillset and a commitment to delivering high quality care for all New Zealanders,” David Clark said.

“Boards also need to reflect the communities they serve."

Lana Perese has been a Director of Vaka Tautua for four years and is also a trustee of Malologa Trust. She is Auckland Manager for Malatest International, and holds a Doctorate in Behavioural Science from The University of Auckland.


Vaka Tautua is a national “by Pacific for Pacific” health and social services provider. Established in 2007 by the PIASS and Malologa Trusts, we are a not-for-profit limited liability company registered with the Charities Commission.

We meet industry standards and have quality accreditation. We hold DAA Group Certification against Standard NZS 8134:2008 Health and Disability Services; Ministry of Social Development Social Sector Accreditation Standards Level 2, and Accreditation as a Living Wage employer.

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