and interim Māori Health Authority named
Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority will become permanent entities on 1 July - replacing the 20 district health boards.
Fepulea'i Margie Apa said her work with the Counties Manukau community has prepared her well for the role.
"Working with you [Counties Manukau] over the last 14 years and more proudly the last three as CEO, through measles, through Whakaari, through Covid on top of our usual pressures serving a high needs community, who are deserving and entitled to so much more," she said.
Manuel said she was determined to see improvement in the health sector for her people.
"We can no longer operate as an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, we must shake off that mentality and be prepared to be the change that our people long for," she said.
Riana Manuel said she was looking forward to bringing Te Tiriti to life in the sector, alongside Health New Zealand's new chief executive, Fepulea'i Margie Apa.