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Enable New Zealand Chief Executive steps down

After steering Enable New Zealand through COVID-19, extreme weather events, the establishment of Enable New Zealand as a new subsidiary company of Te Whatu Ora, and the largest IT project in Enable New Zealand’s 50-year history; Chief Executive Michelle Riwai has announced she will be stepping down.

“It was a difficult decision to make, I’m proud to leave knowing that Enable New Zealand is equipped with a capable leadership team and strong eye to the future.” Michelle Riwai said.

“I want to say a huge thank you to the incredible people at Enable and our supportive network of suppliers, subcontractors and assessors. Together we play an essential role in enabling good lives for our disability community and I’m excited to see the mana-enhancing future our team take us into.

When I first joined Enable on day 1 of the pandemic, I was struck by the heart for people my team have. Since then, I’ve been constantly inspired by the way they work to empower our community and the ferocious work-ethic that drives them. He tangata has always been what makes Enable New Zealand tick, and it’s that that makes it a hard place to leave.”

In the more than three and a half years Michelle has been with Enable New Zealand, she has led the company through challenging and exciting times. Michelle is leaving to complete a full year in total te Reo Māori immersion at the renowned Te Wānanga o Raukawa Institute. 

While the Enable New Zealand Board goes to market, Enable New Zealand Executive Leadership team member and GM Operations, Angela Hewitt, will take on the role as Acting Chief Executive. Enable New Zealand’s Business Improvement Specialist, Justine Auton, will step into the Acting General Manager Operations role.

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