Our People

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takitini    

“Success is not the work of one, but the work of many” 

Danielle Wilson

Finance Manager

Ko Pohautea te maunga
Ko Taka te awa
Ko Horouta te waka
Ko Tikapa te marae
Ko Te Whānau-a-Pokai te hapū
Ko Ngāti Puai me Ngāti Porou ngā iwi
Ko Danielle Wilson au

Mātai is proud to announce the appointment of Danielle Wilson as their new Finance Manager. Danielle is a descendant of the Te Maro, Kirkpatrick, Tuhou, and Wilson whānau from Tikapa, Tikitiki, Te Karaka, and Manutuke.

Born and raised in Turanganui-a-Kiwa, Danielle spent her formative years between Kaiti and Te Karaka. She attended Te Wharau Primary, Ilminster Intermediate, and was deputy head girl at Gisborne Girls’ High School in 2013. After high school, she ventured to Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) to study at Victoria University, where she later graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in accounting and law.

Danielle is a chartered accountant and previously worked at KPMG as an auditor and risk consultant. She then transitioned to the New Zealand Health Group, where she was a financial accountant and finance business partner.

Danielle believes that just because you can’t identify yourself in spaces where Māori are under-represented, doesn’t mean you can’t be there. In her corporate career, her aspiration has been to was to pave the way for our rangatahi, wāhine Māori, and those from rural communities. She assisted the Kiwa Mentoring Programme at KPMG, where the aim is to build Māori & Pasifika tertiary students’ confidence and knowledge while exposing them to corporate spaces. Through the tools she has learned over the past decade, she is excited to bring this knowledge home and, in her new role at Mātai, uplift the community she cherishes.

Danielle’s appointment is a testament to the growing representation of Māori, particularly wahine, in fields where Māori have traditionally been underrepresented. Her diverse expertise and commitment to uplifting our rural communities make her a valuable asset to Mātai. We look forward to the positive impact she will undoubtedly have, both within our organisation and the wider community.