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Ko Haehaetu Barrett toku ingoa

Ko au te Upoko Rangatira o Te Whanau Lifewise Trust

Haahaetu sitting in front of Pasifika Tapestry

Kia ora,

My name is Haehaetu Barrett. I want to introduce myself as the new Chief Executive of Lifewise. I hope to meet you in time, and I look forward to continuing my journey here with Lifewise.

I want to start by saying tēnā rawa atu koe, thank you. To all our generous donors and supporters who without, the mahi of Lifewise would not be possible.

I’d like to tell you a bit about myself, so you can get to know me more personally. I am the daughter of Ian and Haehaetu Barrett. Mother to Coleton, Shanayla and Rikawerohia. Grandmother to Farrah and Preston.

I was raised in my community of Te Koutu, Ngati Whakaue, and I am partially blind, a condition known as Retinitis Pigmentosa.

I joined Lifewise in June 2010 and have been a long-standing senior leader of the organisation since this time.

My background is building and leading quality service provision for our most vulnerable whānau and am a known advocate for ensuring workforce capacity and capability is fit for purpose to address the demand of our communities. This mahi has helped whānau over the years find Mana and be reconnected.

Haehaetu Barrett and her whanau

Photo: Haehaetu Barrett with her whānau

I look forward to continuing my journey with Lifewise, and I look forward to meeting our supporters in the near future.

Ngā manaakitanga, nā,

Haehaetu Barrett
Lifewise Chief Executive 

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