The interim Māori Health Authority operates as a Departmental Agency within the Ministry of Health – a temporary arrangement until the permanent entity comes into effect in mid-2022.
Chad Paraone has been appointed as the Acting Chief Executive of the interim entity until a permanent Chief Executive is appointed and commences.
Chad is an accomplished senior level executive with 30 years’ experience in the health sector, spanning governance and management.
He has worked with major government health entities, including the Ministry of Health, ACC, District Health Boards, and the earlier Health Funding Authority, as well as numerous private and non-government organisations, including primary health organisations (PHOs), iwi and Māori health entities. This experience covers executive management, strategy, planning, commissioning, programme leadership as well as managing Treaty-based relationships at local and national levels.
Chad currently a Deputy Commissioner to Waikato District Health Board, Chair of Parengarenga Incorporation, and recently stepped down from the board of Sport Auckland. He also chaired health Alliance Leadership Teams in Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty, and was independent chair and facilitator of the national community pharmacy contract negotiations and annual agreement review in 2018 and 2019.
Chad joined the Health Reform Transition Unit within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2020 to lead the Hauora Māori team – a role in which he has developed a deep understanding of the emerging role and functions of the Māori Health Authority.