Pati Umaga

Pati has been working in the disability sector for 10 years. He is also the incoming president of the Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA). The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has underpinned and inspired much of Pati’s work. He has been involved at a strategic level with Whānau Ora and worked closely with former Minister of Disability Issues Tariana Turia for 18 months as a Whānau Ora champion. Pati has also worked with the Ministries of Social Development and Health, as well as the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). This accumulated experience has honed his passion for providing strategic direction and effective policy development, particularly to enable people in the Pacific community to better utilise Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC).

Pati Umaga