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Desiree Mahy

Director, Performance & Safety Committee member

Desiree (Tuhoe) was appointed to the board of Pāmu in June 2022. Desiree brings substantial governance and management experience largely from Education, For Purpose and Social Enterprise sectors. Desiree has previously won the Emerging Director award at the Institute of Directors, Otago Branch and chaired boards who have been finalists/winners in the Women in Governance and Charity Reporting Awards.

With degrees in Law and Education and a legal career specialising in Māori land law, Desiree is the principal of Tika Tonu Limited, a business consultancy service that works to support a full spectrum of enterprises and individuals to get things right. Desiree has previously been the CEO of the Malcam Charitable Trust and Director of Maori Learner Success at the Otago Polytechnic.

Desiree is the Manukura (Chair) of Te Hou Ora Whanau Services, a Director on Thankyou Payroll Limited and a Trustee of the Happy You Charitable Trust. Desiree is passionate about social change and brings a long term, passionately Maori, community development perspective to the Pāmu board.

Desiree has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Teaching from the University of Otago.