Glenis Philip-Barbara:

Stepping up for Māori kids

Andrew Becroft has been the Children’s Commissioner over the last four years and has been an enlightened and energetic advocate for the welfare of kids who are having it tough. Many, too many, are Māori, and he’s been keen for the office to have the insights and expertise of a Māori Commissioner too.

That expertise and loads of relevant experience have now arrived in the form of Glenis Philip-Barbara. She came through Gisborne Girls’ High in the 1980s, married Nick Barbara and raised seven children, gathered up a BA (in Social Sciences) from Massey University, and has had senior roles in several organisations including Tairawhiti Polytech, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo (the Māori Language Commission), and the Ministry of Social Development. And, as you can tell from this conversation with Dale, she’s ready for the challenges.

Link to article: https://e-tangata.co.nz/korero...


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