Enable New Zealand announces the appointment of new General Manager, Michelle Riwai

MidCentral District Health Board welcomes the appointment of Michelle Riwai as General Manager for Enable New Zealand.

Although she is yet to physically take up the role due to the New Zealand’s Alert 4 status during the COVID-19 pandemic, MidCentral DHB Chief Executive Kathryn Cook ‘virtually’ welcomes Michelle to her role saying she is a great fit for the position.

“Enable New Zealand plays an important role supporting people with disabilities within the region, and across New Zealand. With the changing disability sector, and with there being a much stronger focus on the customer aligned to the Enabling Good Lives principles, we sought out a leader who could lead the organisation into the future,” Ms Cook said.

“Michelle has a strong understanding of the importance of ensuring the customer is at the centre of all Enable’s services. Her recent experience with Wellington City Council, leading the shift in the social housing model to focus on the users, has strong alignment with Enable’s strategic vision and new ways of providing services.”

As a senior leader within the District Health Board, Michelle is also part of the Organisational Leadership Team supporting regional delivery of health and disability services.

Michelle brings a wide range of experience and skills to the role, as well as first-hand experience helping support people with disabilities into employment.

“Supporting people, delivering services that provide positive social outcomes, and ensuring the customer is at the heart of any services we provide is critical. Enable New Zealand is on a change journey to better support customers and I look forward to leading the organisation in achieving those goals.” Ms Riwai said.

“I have been impressed with the passion of the team already, and the way they have been operating to deliver essential services during this unprecedented time. I look forward to meeting with key stakeholders, staff and others in coming months, following the end of the lockdown period.”