Phyllis started her career in education and moved into the health sector in 1989. She is currently General Manager Māori Health, for Lakes District Health Board, Rotorua and provides leadership and management to Lakes DHB Health on Māori and iwi developments and leads projects that will contribute toward positive health outcomes for Māori.
Phyllis is a Ministerial Appointment to the Mental Health Review Tribunal of New Zealand (and has served on the tribunal for 14 years). She has participated at a National level and in committee’s on suicide prevention for Māori and Pacific people, Mental Health and Addictions, and Māori Health. She is currently a member of Tumu Whakarae (national network of General Managers Māori Health) and co-Chairs Te Huinga o Nga Pou Hauora (Midland Māori Mental Health and Addictions forum). Phyllis was recently appointed as Co-Chair for the National Mental Health and Addictions workforce group, and a member of the national leadership group for Mental Health and addictions, Ministry of Health. Phyllis is also a member of the Māori Advisory Board to the Bay of Plenty Police and Director on Land Trusts and incorporations associated with her Iwi Ngāti Pikiao and provides high level policy advise, project management, and strategy to her Iwi.
An avid supporter of Kapa Haka, and a national performer herself with Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao Kapa Haka, Phyllis also is a member of committees locally that focus on the social impacts on whānau, and the most vulnerable, and is currently working on several projects that will hopefully see closer collaboration between government’s agencies, communities and Iwi. The vision is to support healthy vibrant whānau.