Mangatu Blocks Deputy Chairman
Pehimana Haapu (Pene) Brown has an extensive background in governance, working with a range of Maori organisations in the fields of health, education, farming and social needs.
He is the Board Chair of Te Hauora O Turanganui a Kiwa (Turanga Health, a Maori health provider owned by the three iwi groups of Gisborne), Deputy Chair of Tairawhiti District Health Board (Gisborne), Chair of the Community and Public Health Advisory Committee and a Director of Turanganui Primary Health Organisation.
Pene was the Chair of Tairawhiti Polytechnic, and a Trustee or Chair of various whanau, hapu and iwi land blocks. He is also the Chair of Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa and Chair of Te Aitanga a Mahaki Trust.
Pene and his family have farmed in Puha for four generations and his whanau marae is Tapuihikitia Marae. Pene has a Diploma in Agriculture and has completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership Course (Lincoln University) and the Institute of Directors (IOD) Company Directors’ Course.