Diane Turner 

Director, Office of Seniors

Diane has been the Director Office of Seniors since October 2016.  Diane and her team are based in the Ministry of Social Development, and support the Minister for Seniors to advocate for the issues and interests of older people.

Previously Diane spent thirty years working in local government, including five years as CEO of the Whakatāne District Council. In 2012 Diane received the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Silver Award for her leadership roles in both the Bay of Plenty floods of 2004 and the Matata debris flow of 2005.

In 2011 Diane took up the position of Deputy Chief Executive of Recovery Strategy, Planning and Policy Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), where she led development of the Recovery Strategy and Recovery Plans.

Diane worked for three years at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and oversaw Ngāi Tahu’s contribution to the earthquake recovery and development of the shared equity home ownership scheme for whānau. In 2014 Diane established 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 has a Bachelor Social Sciences from Waikato University, a Bachelor Town Planning from Auckland University and a Master Business Administration from Massey University.  Diane is also a member of the Institute of Directors, and is a Justice of the Peace.