Tania hails from the Far North; her iwi is Ngati Kahu on her father’s side and Irish on her mother’s side. Tania has three adult daughters and three grandchildren.
Tania’s current role is as Manawhakahaere/CEO of Te Roopu Taurima, kaupapa Maori disability support organisation. Her past roles have included:
- National Manager Field Services at the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind.
- General Manager of Presbyterian Support Northern
Tania has also held senior positions in two crown entities:
- Director of the Centre for Family and Whanau Knowledge at the Families Commission
- Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner – disability in the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, where she held the portfolios for disability, allied health, Maori, mental health service users and prisoners;
Tania is currently the co-opted Chair of NZDSN’s Maori Cultural Advisory Committee. The committee’s role is to advise the NZDSN Board on matters that enhance and support cultural responsiveness to Maori. The committee is a resource to members of NZDSN.
Tania is a Board member for the National Advocacy Trust whose staff hold statutory roles under the Health and Disability Commissioner Act. Tania also holds a director role in Rotary for the Otahuhu, South Auckland Club. She is her marae representative on Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngati Kahu, she is the runanga secretary and is also a director on her iwi’s corporate body.
Tania has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland.