Founding Māori partner representative - Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa, professional director
Pehimana Haapu (Pene) Brown is the current chairman of Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa - a Māori primary care health provider for four Iwi entities of Turanga based in Gisborne.
Pene is a graduate of Lincoln Agriculture College. He has farmed land that has been in his family for four generations. He also has extensive governance experience in other Māori farming enterprises that have a wider family connection of seven generations. These farming enterprises range from East Coast Hill Country beef and lamb to forestry and horticulture units on the Poverty Bay Flats. On behalf of his kinship group, Te Aitanga a Mahaki; Pene has fulfilled governance roles in education, local government and health. With education he served as chair of Tairāwhiti Polytechnic for many years and also a term as president of the polytechnic national association, APNZ. He has just recently completed six years as a director on Career Force with his last year as deputy-chair of the Community Support Services ITO.
Pene has a relationship with the local Gisborne District Council at both councillor and senior management level to help parties work through the many issues that affect Iwi. In health, he completed eight years as deputy-chair of Tairāwhiti DHB and is at present a member of the Community and Public Health Advisory Committee to the current Tairāwhiti DHB.