(CEO: Auckland City Mission)
Chris has been the CEO of Auckland City Mission for the last year. Prior to this he was chief executive of Manaia Health Public Health Organisation in Northland, since its founding in 2003. At Manaia, Chris led a number of programmes addressing key social determinants of poor health such as poverty, substandard housing, and unemployment, including a large housing insulation project, and the close working with Fonterra to bring back free milk into New Zealand schools. Chris has worked in Northland's health system for 25 years, beginning with works in the area of HIV/Aids care, support, education and advocacy.
Chris spent 10 years living with urban poor in South Korea, where he led a number of health and social development programmes. There, he saw families pushing to get themselves out of poverty, and he's seeing that at Auckland City Mission already. So joining the City Mission was a call to his heart as well as his expertise and experience. What stands out for him is in the midst of all this he continually encounters incredible goodness and human strength.
Other areas of interest for Chris include, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and addressing inequity, partnership with Maori, mediation and conflict resolution. He has Master of Theology and a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution.