About RWO

About us

Raukawa Whānau Ora is a limited liability company with Te Rūnanga o Raukawa as the sole shareholder.   This legal structure provides the Iwi with the means to have control and influence at a governance level and to minimise its liability through reduced involvement in management decisions.

Raukawa Whānau Ora was formed with the vision to maximise our contribution to the survival and wellbeing of Māori as a people through the design and delivery of kaupapa based services.

The companies board is named Te Mana Whakahaere and it has six kaitiaki (directors) This group reflects experience in large Crown and commercial entities, local government, senior managers in the regional health industry (Crown and Iwi), tertiary education and finance.


John Barrett


(Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Raukawa)

John  is the managing director and co-owner of Kapiti Island Nature Tours and Kapiti Nature Lodge on one of New Zealand’s largest natural treasures – Kapiti Island.

John has previously served as Chairman of NZ Maori Tourism Council, as a Board member of Tourism NZ and a foundation member of the WINTA Leadership Council.

He remains active in Maori higher education, tribal and community development roles.


Paddy Jacobs

He uri au no Ngati Wehi Wehi, Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngati Huia ki Katihiku, Ngati Toarangatira, Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngai Te Rangi hoki. Ko Paddy Jacobs toku ingoa.


Bachelor of Maori Health from Te Wananga o Raukawa, Dipl of Frontline Management, and Certificate of Business.

I am Chair of the Ngati Wehi Wehi Marae Committee, Vice Chair of Te Runanga o Raukawa, Board member of Manawhenua Hauora, Secretary of Te Tumatanui Treaty Claims Cluster, Trustee  Ngakaroro 3D1 5B2 .

Work History:  Most of my worklife has been in the health sector working for the Midcentral District Health Board,  which evolved from the Manawatu-Whanganui  Area Health Board, Crown Health Enterprise etc.

I have a strong sense of justice and fairness, and believe in doing things “right”. People are what matter the most and preparing our mokopuna for a better life is important to me.

In my view we as Maori must work towards regaining more control over the resources that underpin the wellness of our communities.

I have been married to Jeremiah Jacobs, Ngati Kahungunu Ngati Ruapani for 45 years, together we have 6 children,  5 living, and 9 mokopuna.  All have a strong Maori identity and te reo Maori is the 1st language for many of our mokopuna.

Barbara Rudd

Wayne Kiriona