About the Panel

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Judge Carolyn Henwood, CNZM – Chair

Paula Daye - FNZIM

Dr Barbara Disley ONZM

Dr Ian Hassall, MB, ChB, DCH, FRACP

Malia TF Hamani QSM

Robert Newson

Winifred Jackson

Doug Hauraki

Janice Donaldson

Judge Carolyn Henwood (2012)

Judge Carolyn Henwood, CNZM – Chair

Judge Carolyn Henwood is currently a member of the New Zealand Parole Board and has 22 years experience as a District and Youth Court Judge, most recently on an acting warrant.  During that time she has been involved with a range of youth and criminal justice issues as well as sitting on a number of government bodies. In 2006 Judge Henwood was appointed as special adviser for the implementation of the Te Hurihanga youth justice programme, which aims at preventing re-offending by young people.

In addition to her work in the legal profession Judge Henwood has also had extensive involvement in the theatre and arts sector for many years.  She was a founding member of Circa Theatre in Wellington and a foundation trustee of the Theatre Artists Charitable Trust and continues to remain an active member of both organisations.  She is also Deputy Chair of the NZ Drama School, Toi Whaakari.

In recent years Judge Henwood's focus has moved to the areas of mediation and negotiation.  In 2006 she attended programmes on both at Harvard Law School.  These are areas she will continue to pursue.

In the 2002 Queen's Birthday Golden Jubilee Honours, Judge Henwood received the honour CNZM for her services as a District and Youth Court Judge and to the arts.

Paula Daye

Paula Daye - FNZIM

Paula has more than 30 years experience in the Health and Disability Sector. Her training as a nurse in London led to a career in public health working in Scotland and Devon before immigrating to New Zealand in 1973.

From her nursing background and having gained a qualification in business studies, through Massey University, Paula’s experience broadened into general management in the health sector, where she held several senior management positions. Paula has successfully built strategic alliances, promoting positive outcomes for her patients while managing large numbers of staff and multimillion dollar budgets. As CEO of Coast Health Care Ltd. and the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB), Paula was responsible for delivering quality health and disability services during a period of political and social change.

Her passion for the health and disability sector was further inspired through attending ‘Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management’ at Harvard University. She has served on a number of boards including, Crown Public Health, Deputy Chair Vision Education Agency, World Blind Union Executive, Chair Women’s Committee Asia Pacific, Kidney Health NZ, Mobility Dogs and Family Services National Advisory Committee.

Her current roles include, Chairperson Sight Loss Services (a Charitable Trust set up by Paula and a colleague in 2009, dedicated to the needs of people with Low Vision), Deputy Chair John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams, Trustee Camp Quality Endowment Trust NZ (dedicated to children with cancer) Trustee/Service Development Manager Auckland Kidney Society and Professional Coach & Mentor.

Dr. Barbara Disley

Dr Barbara Disley - ONZM

Dr Barbara Disley is the Chief Executive of Richmond Services Ltd, a charitable organisation that provides housing and recovery services.  Barbara has an extensive career in the health and education sectors.  She was the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation where she conducted research and community education programmes with a particular interest in youth mental health, suicide prevention, violence prevention, refugee mental health, problem gambling and patient advocacy.

In 1996, Barbara was appointed by the Minister of Health, as the inaugural chair of the Mental Health Commission where she was responsible to the Minister for providing advice and for monitoring and reporting on the provision of mental health services.  In 2002, Barbara joined the Ministry of Education as a Deputy Secretary where she had responsibility for the funding and provision of special education services for children and young people. 

Barbara has a Doctorate in Education and has completed leadership programmes at both Harvard University and Henley School of Management.  In 2005, Barbara received  the Mental Health Services (THEMHS) individual award for exception contribution to Mental Health Services in New Zealand. In 2011 Barbara received the honour of Officer New Zealand Order of Merit.


Dr. Ian Hassall

Dr Ian Hassall, MB, ChB, DCH, FRACP

Dr Ian Hassall is at present research associate at the Institute of Public Policy at AUT University where he has taught and researched children and public policy. He has forty years experience in working with children and families as clinician, researcher, strategist, and advocate.

He practiced for ten years as a specialist paediatrician and was full time medical advisor to the Plunket Society for eight years. He was New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner from 1989 to 1994. He has undertaken research, published seventy peer-reviewed papers and campaigned on a range of aspects of children’s health and safety, children’s rights and public policy for children.  In 2010 he received UNICEF's Aldo Farina Award for child advocacy.

Dr Hassall helped establish the Child Abuse Prevention Society, the helpline Parent Help and the BrainWave Trust. He was a Trustee of the Kids Helpline Trust which oversaw the development of the national WhatsUp helpline for children. He is a member of the expert faculty of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).

He has held a number of ministerial appointments to public committees including the Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee, the Stakeholder Reference Group to the NZ Injury Prevention Strategy and the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology.


Malia Hamani

Malia TF Hamani QSM

Malia Hamani is the general manager of TOA Pacific, a member of the Carers Alliance executive committee and the Lu'i Ola Advisory group and a member also of a number of government department advisory groups.

Malia has a firm commitment to the promotion of Pacific older peoples' rights and wellbeing, and their carers and families. Malia is passionate about supporting Pacific people with limited abilities.

During Malia's 11 years of community development work through Methodist Mission Northern, TOA Pacific Incorporated emerged. TOA Pacific (Treasuring Older Adults and Pacific Aiga Carers) has membership representing the Samoan, Cook Island, Niuen, Tongan, Tokelaun, Tuvalu and Kiribati communities.

Malia is a Tongan born mother of five young men and enjoys two grandsons and a granddaughter.

Malia was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List for services to the Pacific Island community and senior citizens.

Robert Newson

Robert Newson, JP

Tarakeha Te Maunga. Matihetihe Te Marae. Tao Maui Te Hapu. Te Rarawa Te Iwi. Mitimiti Hokianga

Robert (Bobby) Newson has had over 40 years of service to the public beginning in Maori Affairs and the Maori Land Court, the New Zealand Army as a solider, 17 years as an officer in the New Zealand Police, 10 years as a cultural advisor in the Human Rights Commission and four years with the Families Commission. He has a Bachelor of Maori Studies from AUT and has lectured in Maori theology and spirituality. As a certified translator and interpreter of Te Reo Maori he has worked in the District and High Courts in Auckland and on Treaty of Waitangi claims. He currently serves on a diverse range of boards and committees including the Unitec Council, Mercy Charities, Waitakere Community Law Centre, Sport Waitakere and Te Runanga o Te Haahi Katorika.

Bobby is married to Gemma, has three children and four mokopuna.

 Winifred Jackson

Winifred Jackson

Winifred lives in Palmerston North and has recently retired from 16 years as a Lecturer and as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Arts and Language at Massey University College of Education. Her area of focus was in the teaching of reading and language skills for the primary classroom, and in the early childhood programme she developed and coordinated a programme for the development of literacy and language in young children.  She has published articles in a variety of journals and has presented at conferences nationally and internationally.

Apart from her experience as a teacher and lecturer Winifred brings to the panel her personal experience of caring for someone with an intellectual disability, as one of her four adult children has Down syndrome.

In her career Winifred has also worked for the Clerical Workers Union, for the Ministry of Justice and in a variety of roles in the UK.



Doug Hauraki

Doug Hauraki

Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu and Nga Puhi

Doug has over 40 years of management experience in a wide variety of public and private sector positions including many years as the Chief Executive of Maori Education Trust, Chief Executive of Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Society, Deputy Maori Trustee, National Director Maori Development in the Department of Social Welfare and senior roles in Maori Affairs.

Doug is fluent speaker of Te Reo and has his own translation company.  He has a BA and a Diploma in Social Work.

Doug has wide networks within Maoridom and in the business and academic world generally.  Doug is married to Betty, has three grown up children and five mokopuna.

Janice Donaldson

Janice Donaldson

Janice Donaldson has a long and varied career in the public service and in the community sector. She holds a law degree and a Diploma in Social Work. Janice has worked for the Health Funding Authority, Southern Regional Health Authority, Christchurch City Mission and the Probation Service.  More recently she has been a member of the Executive Management teams at Canterbury and Taranaki DHBs and at District Health Boards NZ. In addition Janice has held governance roles with the Salvation Army Addictions and Supportive Accommodations Services, Nurse Maude, the Christchurch Community Law Centre and Te Ture Manaaki a Maori Legal Service.

Her experience has involved her in Maori and Pacific workforce and provider development initiatives in DHBs and with community providers including Ngai Tahu Development Corporation.

She has provided strategic advice on community engagement processes with Maori, including the development of Treaty relationships and the development of close working relationships with kaumātua, taua and Maori staff.

Janice is currently a member of the NZ Parole Board and has been managing and coordinating a number of projects for Partnership Health PHO, Canterbury DHB and Pegasus Health.



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