Manaia is a social justice and equity advocate and has a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of indigenous peoples – in particular Māori who are the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand. Manaia is a Trustee and the Deputy Chairperson of the JR McKenzie Trust, New Zealand’s oldest and most renowned private family foundation, and a chairperson of Te Kawai Toro, JR McKenzie Trust’s Māori Development Investment Committee. Manaia has been pivotal in influencing philanthropic investment within New Zealand and globally toward indigenous enterprises that have focused on increasing self-determined development across a broad range of social, economic and environment issues.
Manaia’s global experience is as a Board Director of IFIP (International Funders for Indigenous Peoples), a U.S based organisation, which is the only global donor affinity group dedicated solely to Indigenous peoples around the world. IFIP’s focus is on creating a new movement in philanthropy that recognises Indigenous communities as high-impact investments.
Manaia is currently employed by the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development as the General Manager, Partnerships and Programmes, and is responsible for enhancing meaningful partnerships with communities, non-government organisations, academics and other Government agencies by brokering meaningful relationships that improve community resilience. Manaia is a Barrister and Solicitor and was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand in 2005.
Innovation Unit spins out Australian organisation
Innovation Unit Australia will offer disciplined approaches to social innovation aimed at tackling the increasing inequality experienced across Australia and further strengthening our international capacity.
Innovation Unit Australia are collaborating with AISNSW to co-design a cross sectoral program that responds to the needs of learners, and create responsive teaching strategies that ignite their individual passions and optimise their strengths.
Flogging Dead Horses – Making the case for new school designs
A building revolution is taking place across Australia. State governments and education systems are commissioning new school builds in response to population growth and the changing demographics of both regions and metropolitan areas across their jurisdictions.