Liz is affiliated to Ngāpuhi, Ngaitakoto, Te Whānau a Apanui Iwi within Aotearoa New Zealand
Liz has more than 30 years experience working within the social services sectors both in government and non-government agencies. Diverse roles within the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Education in Aotearoa New Zealand, include teaching within various primary and secondary schools (1973 – 1980), Area Manager for the Community Funding Agency, Tai Tokerau (1992 -1999), Strategic Manager for Far North Schooling Improvement (1999 – 2001), National Manager of Iwi and Māori Services (2001 – 2004).
Other non-government positions include Manager of the Mataraua Community Trust (1979-1983) providing training and employment for young people, and CEO of Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi (1989 – 1992). Ngāpuhi is the largest tribal group in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Liz sits on several Boards, including VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai, set up two years ago as an independent advocacy service for children and young people in state care. She also sits on Te Hui Amorangi ki t e Tai Tokerau Board, which manages Anglican - owned properties within Auckland and Tai Tokerau area, and has a focus on social housing initiatives.
Liz is currently General Manager, Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services, a subsidiary of Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi.