Sonia Hawea, Trustee

Sonia brings to the trust a wealth of knowledge having worked in both community and government over the past 20 years.
Sonia is the Chief Executive Officer of Taikura Trust, a charitable trust contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide eligibility screening, assessment, service co-ordination and budget management for disabled people under 65 years old living in the greater Auckland region.
Sonia joined Taikura Trust not long after its inception in 2002 and came from policy and regional development role with Te Puni Kokiri.
Sonia studied law at Victoria University and was engaged as a researcher on a range of Treaty matters including Maori health.
She affiliates to Kahungunu, Ngati Toa and Tuwharetoa and has two children.