About Us / Kaimahi mē ngā Kaiawhina
Our Approach - Nō tātou te mate, Nō tātou te rongoa
We operate under the auspices of Tikanga Māori, Ethical cultural values and principles. We are all responsible and we all will have the solution.
We are a registered Not for profit Charitable Trust-
CC2095755that operates with a Trust deed, with policies that guide us. We adhere to the Toronto Charter 2006, the Declaration of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, ILO, The Ottawa Charter and Te Tiriti ō Waitangi. We are a regional organisation with inclusion of National projects and those of the South Pacific.Read more
Kaimahi - Staff
Kaiwhakahaere/Executive Director - Marama Pala (Ngātiawa ki Kāpiti). Marama was the first Māori woman to disclose her HIV status in 1993. Marama was voted top 15 Advocates to watch in 2015, she sits on various boards including; Chair - International Council of AIDS Service Organisations; Co-Chair International Indigenous HIV & AIDS Community; Acting Chair of International Community of Women living with HIV International Steering Committee. She is also a Community Delegate to the Global Fund on HIV,TB and Malaria, and a member of the Conference Coordinating Committee for the International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam. This year she served as the Co-Chair of the Civil Society Stakeholders Taskforce for the United Nations General Assembly High-Level meeting on HIV 2016. Marama was a finalist for the Women of Influence in 2016, and is on the Conference Coordinating Committee for the International AIDS Conference AIDS2018 in Amsterdam.
Rūnanga Whakahaere - Board of Trustees
Chair; Apihaka Mack, Co-founder, Kuia, Founder of Ngātiawa ki Kāpiti trust, Team Leader Tiriti ō Waitangi WAI2145 and WAI1018.
Rawiri Evans - Ngātiawa, Kaumātua, Leader membership of International Indigenous Working Group on HIV (IIWGHA), he has been involved in Mental Health and addictions for over 35 years as an Alcohol and Drug Practitioner. He has worked in all areas of addiction treatment in both the community and inpatient services across Āotearoa. He was awarded the Civic Honour by the city of Lower Hutt in 2012 for services to Youth and Community of disabled people. Rawiri has been with INA since 2009 and the Co-chair for the last three years. He is also a Justice of the peace, a proud father of 4 and 10 mokopuna, along with his wife of 37 years. He completed his masters at Massey University in 2011 in philosophy with a focus on cultural competence. .
Treasurer; Jenni Masters, Clinical Nurse Specialist and CEO of Community services at CCDHB.
Advisor; Dr. Clive Aspin, Ngāti Māru, Kaumātua, Leader Membership of the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV (IIWGHA), Researcher.
Trustee; Te Urutahi Waikerepuru, Kuia. Co-founder Te Matahiapo Indigenous Research org.
Trustee; Phylesha Brown-Acton - Phylesha is a champion for the rights of sexual minority groups within Āotearoa and the Pacific, she identifies as Fakafifine of Niuean descent. She is a volunteer for the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDN) and was instrumental in the set-up of it's secretariat. Phylesha previously has a background in the HIV & AIDS sector in regional, national and international coordination roles, which is still an extension of her current advocacy and community work.
Phylesha is the founder of a newly formed Pacific LGBTQI organisation called F'INE (Family, Identity, Navigate & Equality) which is a whānau ora support service and the first support service of it's kind in Āotearoa that caters to Pacific LGBTQI peoples and their families. Phylesha is an advisor to the Northland Health Board Transgender Health Services Advisory Group - developing pathways to Transgender Health for the Ministry of Health. Is an advisor to the Auckland & Waitakere Alcohol and Drug courts Advisory group. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and a board member of the Auckland Pride Festival Board.