I worked as a lawyer in Christchurch before having my two children who are now grown up. I now work as a manager at Community and Public Health (a division of the Canterbury District Health Board) where I manage the Health in All Policies and Health Protection Teams.
I am incredibly proud of my Pacific Island heritage. It’s an honour belonging to a community known for its kindness, compassion and laughter. But I also want Pacific people in Canterbury to be known for being healthy and well.
So many of the illnesses affecting our people are preventable – if we can make our environments and lifestyles healthier, Pacific people will be able to make even greater contributions to families and communities.
We have an amazing opportunity as the Board of Tangata Atumotu Trust (TAT) to work in new ways to provide better and more accessible health and social services, and to improve the health and well-being of all Pacific people living in Canterbury.
I have worked as a social worker and educator in Canterbury for 30 years. I joined the Department of Human Services and Social Work at the University of Canterbury in 2001.
My areas of interest include education, culturally responsive social work, and policy development, particularly in the field of family violence.
I am passionate about enhancing the potential of Pacific people and working to make government policy and social sector activities more responsive to Pacific needs.
I am excited to be a member of the TAT Board; to be a part of a service that supports Pacific people to access health services in their communities; and to become more informed about heath issues.
I bring to the Board my knowledge and experiences of working for over 40 years in human services – working with children, the elderly and with people with disabilities.
When not at work, I love to spend time with family, being involved in amateur theatre, or playing a round of golf.
No matter a person’s gender, ability, age or ethnicity, we all strive to live happy and fulfilling lives. I like to think that through my work and my actions that I am able to support people on their journey toward fulfilment.
Talofa lava, I am Ali’imuamua Asiasiga (Sia) Batcheler (BTL, Grad Cert ESOL, TPLT) and Justice of the Peace. My background is in education and at present I am teaching languages at Hillmorton High School.
I am also the liaison advisor for Pasifika students and community. This role enables me to be in touch with the community and get a first-hand experience on how the Pasifika community is coping/adapting to the New Zealand’s way of life. I am so happy to be serving on the TAT Board.
My name is Makesi Alatimu. I am married to Ramona Vagana, and we have four children. I came to New Zealand seeking better opportunities for myself and my family.
I am the Senior Minister at St. Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church, on Fitzgerald Avenue. A role I have held since 2013.
It is in this capacity that I have chosen to be part of Tangata Atumotu Trust as a Board Member. I have a passion for wanting to make a difference in people’s lives. It is that desire that got me into ministry of Word and Sacrament in the first place. Tangata Atumotu Trust allows me another avenue to fulfil this ambition.
Soifua mā 'ia mánuīa.
“I’ve been heavily involved in community projects and worked together with a range of agencies to cement the cracks so that no family needing help was left without support.”
Guinevere Newport was born in Samoa and has lived in Christchurch since 1968. She is a much respected elder in the Pasifika community and has tirelessly worked to make a difference in the lives of Pasifika people throughout the South Island, including 20 years working in Pasifika Health Promotion.
Guinevere has been a Justice of the Peace for more than 25 years and has been acknowledged by many public appreciation and achievement awards, the latest being made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008.
Guinevere, in her 80’s is still ‘paddling her canoe’ and is still committed to serving the Pasifika community. She rightly holds a place of respect on the Board of Tangata Atumotu Trust.