Kāi Te Ruahikihiki, Kāti Taoka
Tuari is the Director of Maori Development, Otago University and has been extensively involved in the Maori health, mental health, education, and justice sectors for over 30 years. He has worked in a number of different roles as a Maori alcohol and drug clinician and tutor before moving into management roles in both the public and non-government sector.
Tuari also has extensive governance experience having previously served on the Southern District Health Board, Canterbury District Health Board, the Canterbury Community Trust and He Oranga Pounamu. He is the current Chair of the New Zealand Drug Foundation, and Chair of Needle Exchange Services Trust (NEST), and is a Board member of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission and Te Rau Ora.
Serving on the Otago Community Trust Board will complement the many roles Tuari has, he is looking forward to supporting Otago Community Trust on its strategic journey.