In March 2017, Leon Ruri had an idea and within just 4 weeks that idea blossomed into the ANZAC Day Haka for Life.
Over 200 men and women gathered to honour the ANZACS and bring awareness to mens mind health issues by performing the Haka after the Dawn Service in Kings Park, Perth. It was such an extraordinarily powerful experience, the support we received was overwhelming and Haka for Life was born.
- Empower: Empowered men, empower men and we want to remind all men that they already have within them the power to be greater than what they think they are.
- Integrity We bring honesty and strong moral principles to all our dealings. Our word is our action.
- Equity You’re among friends and we will always strive to be fair and impartial.
Board of Directors
Barb is the Chairperson for Haka for Life and she is the Network Director at Country Arts WA facilitating leadership development using character strengths and community assets. Barb is originally from Aotearoa New Zealand and during her primary school years she was educated by her Maori School Principal in the importance of maintaining cultural practices to connect to people and land. This experience shaped her life and she is committed to making a difference to the dialogue we have in Western Australia through Haka and Corroboree for Life. Barb is studying a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and she holds two undergraduate degrees from Murdoch University. She is on the development team of two social enterprises and she mentors Indigenous leaders across Australia.
The Creator and Founder of Haka For Life.
I have walked the walk, that enables me to talk the talk.
I stand for life. I am passionate about the lives of all human beings, especially men.
I created Haka For Life from my own struggles and seeing first hand the impact that had on myself, my family, those that loved and also our community.
I do not hide behind my experiences, both good and bad, I share from the heart, authentically, so others can see the freedom in no longer being a prisoner to your past.
Haka For Life was created to stand for all life, without judgement of any race, culture, nationality, religion or gender.
If I am my word, then I must stand for all life.
Lincoln is the founder and senior partner of Thrive & Company. The company name is based on one of his best-selling books: Thrive: ‘six key principles for a wildly successful business.’ Besides being the founder of Thrive, he is also CEO of LearnZillion, as well as a partner in Cinch Accountants & Advisers and senior partner at Thrive & Company. His TEDx seminar: ‘Three Principles to Create Your Unshakeable Financial Future’ is among one of the highest rated seminars from any TEDx participant. He holds an MBA from The University of Western Australia and has completed an Executive Education course from Harvard Business School as well as undertaking PHD research in Behaviour Finance and Entrepreneurship. If all of that isn’t enough to keep him busy Lincoln is also on the board of the not-for-profit organisation Haka for Life.
Lincoln has consulted with and coached over 5000 individuals and businesses across seven countries, helping business owners and entrepreneurs strategically align their passion with long-term financial sustainability. Lincoln Pan walks the talk, even if that’s over hot coals (he successfully did so at an Unleash the Power Event with the renowned Tony Robbins).
A fearless leader who stops at nothing to see his clients succeed, Lincoln has a wealth of knowledge and experience that can not only transform your business but also change your life for the better. In his spare time Lincoln likes travelling, reading and boxing - keeping both his body and mind fit.
Mark is a Director and the Secretary for Haka for Life. He works as a business analyst in a Western Australian private equity & venture capital firm. Mark is originally from China and coming from a singular culture to multicultural Australia presented him with formidable challenges. He overcame these challenges and is now proudly contributing to many aspects of Australian life. Mark graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Master of Professional Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is also passionate about making a difference in Australian-China relationship and is an active member of Australian-Chinese business community.
Winston wants to help communicate Haka For Life’s message clearly to as many people as possible, regardless of age, gender and ability. He has been a graphic designer and website developer for over 10 years. Originally from New Zealand, of Māori (Ngāti Tuwharetoa) and Pakeha (New Zealand European) descent, Winston moved to Australia in 2002. In-between these years he also lived for 3 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Raina is Māori from New Zealand and has lived in Australia for 25 years and has five children and 13 grandchildren. Raina has a Diploma in Child Protection, Cert 1V in Community Services, First Aid certificates in Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, as well as Aboriginal cultural safety training and trauma informed practice. Raina has worked in the Community Services sector for over 10 years in Residential Out Of Home Care, Foster Care and now transitioning young people from a care background to Independence. Raina brings to Haka For Life management and frontline skills and is passionate about men and their families and the impact of mental illness and interrupting the story of suicide.
Born in Mururpara NZ in 1982, of parents from Nga Tuhoe & Nga Te Rawa. Emigrated to Perth at the age of 15 with parents & 4 siblings. Reside in South of Perth Kwinana. Works in Accounts & finance for large Entrepreneur business & small Naturopath business. Kelly has completed year 12 and has her cert III in Business and Administration. Kelly is committed to people feeling loved & helping others be aware of what services are available for them & there circle.
Pip has worked in Community services for many years and has been touched by mental health and suicide in various ways. Pip has certificates in Mental Health, Community Services and Youth Work. She has worked with children in residential care, who have been removed from their family, as well as parenting with families in their home in a prevention setting and also in youth work with young people leaving care. “I want to live in a world where you are accepted and loved for who you are, without judgement, where you are apart of a community, are connected and have support. I am making a stand for our men, our fathers, brothers, uncles, sons, cousins, friends and all those who support them. I believe with Haka for Life, we can make a positive change for our future.”
Michelle Dignam brings her experience of data collection to create a database to enable evidence based funding applications to be submitted, along with accurate information analysis to assist in creating meaningful reports. To discover what works for people, who we are impacting and who are attending our camps. Michelle is committed to breaking the reticence around the silent in discriminatory killer that is suicide. And create that suicide needs to be dealt with at level world being it affects all races, creeds, genders and colours. Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge to our team with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems with 19 years of industry experience. Effective Communication skill set done through the Australian Institute of Management. Certificate III in Companion Animal Services. Industry Accredited Dog Trainer. Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Canine Life Skills Coach with 10+ years of industry experience. Michelle is on the Haka for Life services team.
Born in Hamilton New Zealand, moved to Mildura Victoria in 2001, lived in Sydney for 13 years and now living in Perth. Daughter of Mau and Elaine Silbery. Cherene is married to Taylor Tarawhiti, together they have five children and five grandchildren. Cherene is passionate about her work, protecting Australia’s borders from exotic pests and diseases since 2002. In 2019, she was awarded Officer of the Year, West Region for her commitment to her work, and her dedication as Diversity Inclusion Ambassador. Cherene and her Diversity Inclusion team understand the importance of Mental Health and well-being, and organised First Aid in Mental Health courses in the workplace. Cherene is a First Aid Officer and has First Aid in Mental Health. Cherene is passionate about Haka for Life and the stand that it is for human beings to choose life and care for their well-being and being connected to culture. She has seen the pain and frustration men experience when they’re unable to express themselves and violence is a result. Cherene is a stand for men to be heard and to have access to communicate powerfully in any environment from love and affinity. Cherene is member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is about family unity, connecting families and strengthening family relationships. Cherene is currently serving as a young women’s leader for her church and pursuing her skills and talents in empowering youth through love and compassion, so they may grow to be strong, loving men and women, making a difference in the world.
Chrystall, a decendant of the Tainui, Te Arawa and Aotea waka. Born in the heart of Hawke's Bay, Waipukurau, New Zealand, now living in Australia since 2010. She is passionate about empowering women and connecting them to culture through traditional dance and a way of being. She is present to the disconnection that some women may feel while living away from their motherland, Aotearoa and is a powerful stand for women to be connected to their culture and who they are in the world.She is our lead female voice and tutor for our woman and young girls. Teaching them tikanga - customs, Haka - dance and waiata - songs. Chrystall, a mana wāhine, standing for the lives and mind health of men, women and children.Her favourite whakatauki - ProverbHe aha te mea nui o te ao? Māku e kii atu, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata! What is the most important thing in the world? I would say to you, it is the people, the people, the people.
Delphine was born in Mullewa WA under the skin group Yamatji/Nunda. Delphine is a single Mum of 3 daughters. Over a 20 year period Delphine successfully became owner and manager of three businesses such as Amazing Brick Paving, Katanning Street Lunchbar and Desert Rose Floral Arrangements. Delphine recently completed her Cert IV Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Health Work and is now continuing on with a Diploma. She has also completed her NLP Practitioner and NLP Mastery with Elite Training Academy. With her recent accreditations as well as taking on a Diploma of Counselling in the near future, Delphine’s dream is to amalgamate her skills in order to help educate the community of the connection between emotional/ mind health and chronic illnesses. “If we don’t share our stories our bodies will become toxic.”
Whitney is Maori/Samoan/Scottish ko Tainui Te Waka. Whitney has extensive background in both finances and event management. She has created two not for profit projects, focusing specifically on cultural celebration and inclusivity as well as the promotion of mental health in elite sporting athletes. Although born in Perth, Whitney has been on a personal journey for cultural connectivity and education over the past 5 years to discover more about who she is through discovering her Maori culture and learning her whakapapa. Whitney is a passionate stand to ensure people have the experience of being listened to, cared for and nurtured. She is a powerful stand for people choosing life and living their lives to the fullest extent and expression of who they are. She brings to the team a wealth of knowledge with her 6 years in banking and finance as a career. Whitney serves Haka for Life as the events and fundraiser manager. Whitney is known for her leadership and being someone who is in action to produce results needed for our Haka for Life message.
Chelsey is Māori from New Zealand and has lived in Australia for 30 years and has 2 children aged 13 and 16. Chelsey has a certificate IV in Education Assistant and has First Aid certificate in mental health. Chelsey has worked in Secondary Education for 7 years in administration, customer service, workplace learning, Vocational Education and Training and now a learning mentor building relationships with young people and their families and supporting student education. Chelsey brings to Haka For Life administration and leadership skills and is passionate about suicide prevention, connecting community to culture and humanity. Chelsey is the Events Manager for Haka for Life events and fundraising team.
We would like to thank our sponsors, Jeremy’s Exclusive Butchery & Kitchen, Woolworths BWS Kambalda, Woolworths BWS Midland Centre Point and Woolworths BWS Harrisdale for their full support.
It takes courage to stand with us but even more courage to be able to provide us with the resources necessary to fund our mission. Without the generosity of our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to do all the good that we have done, and will continue to do, to promote better healthier lives for all men physically, mentally and emotionally.
If you are interested in becoming a registered sponsor please get in touch and we will contact you directly.