Director, Office for Seniors

Diane Turner is the new Director of the Office for Seniors.

Diane says she is looking forward to working on ensuring seniors are valued and acknowledged within society.

Diane Turner

“We are all ageing. It matters to all of us that New Zealand is a place where we have the opportunity to age positively and well.

“I'm looking forward to being part of a small team making sure seniors’ issues and concerns are visible, heard and responded to.”

Previously, Diane worked for three years at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

While there she was responsible for leading the contribution of Ngāi Tahu to the earthquake recovery and development of the shared equity home ownership scheme for whānau.

In 2014, she was responsible for the establishment of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu (South Island Commissioning Agency), a $15 million investment fund for building whānau capability, owned by the nine iwi of the South Island.

Diane also spent two years with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) as the Deputy Chief Executive of Recovery Strategy, Planning and Policy.

She was CEO of the Whakatāne District Council for five years.

Diane has a Bachelors in Social Sciences from Waikato University, a Bachelors in Town Planning from Auckland University and a Masters in Business Administration from Massey University.

She is a member of the Institute of Directors, New Zealand Planning Institute, and a Justice of the Peace.