Welcome Dee-Ann Wolferstan


Cure Kids announces the appointment of Dee-Ann Wolferstan as the newest member of the Board

Cure Kids, the largest charitable funder of child health research in New Zealand, today announced the appointment of Dee-Ann Wolferstan as the newest member of its Board.

Dee-Ann brings extensive leadership and governance experience and is highly regarded for her work improving outcomes for Māori.

Cure Kids CEO Frances Benge says the organisation is delighted to have attracted someone of Dee-Ann’s calibre.

“We are delighted to have Dee-Ann on our Board. Cure Kids is committed to funding research that focuses on equitable health outcomes for Māori and Pasifika children. Dee-Ann’s knowledge and experience will play a crucial role in helping Cure Kids make a measurable and meaningful difference to the health of tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau,” Benge says.

The appointment is one of three significant positions that Cure Kids has filled this year to help the organisation meet the needs of New Zealand’s diverse population.

“Cure Kids recognises the need to address New Zealand’s alarming health statistics and dedicate research specifically to unanswered questions around the health of Māori and Pacifika children. Dee-Ann’s appointment, along with that of Professor Te Kani Kingi and Teuila Percival to our Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee earlier this year, will enable Cure Kids to take this important step,” says Franceska Banga, Cure Kids Chair.

Dee-Ann has 20 years of leadership experience and currently operates as the Kaihautu – Chief Executive for three Iwi/Māori organisations. This includes Te Iwi o Ngati Kahu (Social Services for Ngati Kahu Runanga), Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri Trust (Te Pihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau Social Service), and Te Kahui Mana Ririki Trust.

Dee-Ann also brings extensive governance experience, having served on the Board of Social Services Providers Aotearoa and as their chairperson for the past four years. This organisation represents around 200 NGOs working with at-risk children and young people and with families, whānau and communities. She also holds Iwi responsibilities as a Director of Fisheries for Te Runanga o Ngati Kahu and Trustee of Te Runanga o Rakaipaaka Trust (PSG), and Marae trustee.

“My greatest accomplishment is being a wife, mother, and now Nanny over the past 27 years. However, we need to understand what the future looks like for our mokopuna and mokomoko, and the research Cure Kids funds will be crucial in answering some of these big questions,” says Dee-Ann.


About Professor Te Kani Kingi and Dr Teuila Percival

Professor Te Kani Kingi 

Professor Kingi (MRSNZ, Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tai) is Executive Director of Research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, a Tertiary Institution in Whakatane, and sits on the Council for the Royal Society of NZ and the  Interim Māori Research Electoral College.  His specialist interests are in mental health research, psychometrics and Māori health.

Prof Kingi’s previous roles include Director of the Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship at Massey University, Māori Research Lead for the longitudinal study “Growing Up in New Zealand”, and Chair of the Mental Health Commission’s Advisory Board. He has also been a member of the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, Statistics NZ’s Māori Advisory Board, Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga’s International Research Advisory Panel, the Expert Panel for the White Paper on NZ Children, The Glen Inquiry on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, the NZ Public Health Association, the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition, the National Ethics Advisory Committee, the National Health Committee, the Public Health Advisory Committee, and several Research Committees for the Health Research Council.


Dr Teuila Percival

Dr Percival (QSO, MBChB, FRACP) is a Director of Moana Research, an independent research foundation in Auckland and a Consultant Paediatrician at Kidz First. Previously she was Head of Pacific Health and Senior Lecturer at the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland. She has specific expertise in respiratory and rheumatic heart disease in young children, and her research has encompassed maternal and child health, climate change and health, child obesity, health systems and informatics.

Dr Percival has worked in both New Zealand and throughout the Pacific region in both clinical and research roles. She is Vice-President of the Pasifika Medical Association, Chair of Fale Futures Trust, Chair of South Seas Healthcare, a trustee of Ta Pasifika Primary Health Organisation, and serves on a number of government health advisory groups. Dr Percival was awarded a Queen’s Service Order medal in 2010 for her services to the Pacific community.