HPF congratulates Keriana Brooking on her appointment as the first Māori wahine Chief Executive of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. Ms Brooking, who is currently the Ministry of Health’s Deputy Director General Health System Improvement and Innovation, is of Ngāti Pāhauwera and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa descent Hawke’s Bay DHB’s Board Chair Shayne Walker says Ms Brooking brings with her a strong focus on ensuring there is ongoing improvement in equity throughout the health and disability system. “This focus will help ensure we continue to improve the equity focus on health services we provide to our community.” Ms Brooking who has strong links to Hawke’s Bay, as her father was born and raised in Wairoa before he moved to Oamaru, says Hawke’s Bay has always played a role in her life. “There is something about this special part of New Zealand, the people and the way they live …” Ms Brooking who was actively involved in supporting the Ministry of Health with the Covid-19 pandemic started her new role on August 10.