Mrs Naomi Cowan, of Auckland, MNZM for services to mental health and the community
Naomi Cowan is the CEO of Equip and Chairperson of Platform Trust, a national umbrella group that empowers community organisations in the mental health and addiction sector. As Chairperson, she successfully led pay equity negotiations for mental health and addiction support workers. She has been Chairperson of Navigate, a representative group of more than 50 non-governmental organisations delivering mental health and addiction services to the District Health Boards in the Northern region. She helped establish and chair the Waitemata Mental Health and Addiction Stakeholder Network and serves as Chairperson of Global Leadership Network New Zealand. Mrs Cowan was Chairperson of the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre.