"Pacific Health Services Hutt Valley aspires to deliver on its desire to not only be an effective and mandated health and social service advocate for our Pacific Peoples in the Hutt Valley but also to be the leading primary provider of these services to our Pacific communities."
Chair of Board, Rev Vaegaau (Au) Liko
Reverend Vaegaau (Au) Liko
Chair - Samoan Rep
Reverend Liko is the current church minister for the Congregational Christian Church of Samoan Upper Hutt Parish. He brings to the Board a wealth of experience in management and government agencies where he worked prior to entering Malua Theological College. Rev Au Liko is a very active member of the Samoan community in the Hutt Valley, and his knowledge of community development helps the Board to develop effective service delivery that meets the needs of the community.
Kaliti has worked at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) for over 10 years, and during this time she has also served in the Fijian community in Wellington, developing, implementing, and supporting community initiatives. She holds a Masters in Management (Massey University) and is currently leading the Pacific Capability Team at MPP where her role is focussed on helping to increase Pacific representation on State Sector Boards and Committees. Kaliti is very supportive of the excellent initiatives and of the Team at PHSHV as they continue to work with dedication on services to improve health outcomes for Pacific families in the Hutt Valley. Kaliti and her family have lived in the Hutt Valley since 2006. Her husband Taka Kolinisau is a Senior Corrections Officer; and their daughter Lizzie, a Support Officer at the Ministry of Justice. They are members of the Discovery Elim Christian Centre based in Kelson, Lower Hutt.
It is a privilege and a satisfying experience to support the many excellent initiatives the CEO and staff of PHSHV have done to improve better access to health and well-being for many Pacific families in the Hutt Valley. I was nominated to the Board by the Niue Kaufakalataha Wellington Region committee (NKWR) and I look forward to touching base with the Niue families in the Hutt Valley. My work history has seen me at various government agencies; the last two at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Race Relations Office. I am presently working at Parliament. As far as I can remember I have always been an active advocate for Pacific Island issues and have been on many government Pacific Island boards and committees. I hope to be as helpful as I can in my role as a Board member for PHSHV.
Andrew has worked in the public sector for over 20 years specialising in areas of strategic and operational policy design, development and implementation, project management, relationship management and community and economic development. Andrew has extensive experience in the education field with special interest in the areas of community capacity and capability building. Andrew has a wide network of stake holders domestically. He has worked all over the Pacific focusing on providing training in the areas of; cross cultural understanding, effective leadership, financial literacy, systems design, policy design and project management. The objective of the trainings is to empower individuals by enhancing their skills so they can improve their socio-economic status. He is also the chairman and co-founder of the First Community Trust that is based in the Hutt Valley – which is a trust that focuses on wealth creation, raising strong families and education. Outside of work, Andrew is a pastor for Epicentre leading a congregation that is multicultural. Epicentre is part of a network of churches that represents 63 nations.
Sokopeti has 25 years of experience in senior Social Work roles in the Health sectors and Community organizations in New Zealand.
I have solid experience working with Community Leaders, Liaison with Health Providers, Community Hubs, and building rapport with Church Communities. I bring to the Board experiences in Management, Leadership, Governance, and Advocacy for wider Community and Transparency.
Born and raised in Tonga, Sokopeti migrated to New Zealand in 1988. She completed a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2007 at the Whitireia Polytechnic of Wellington. Sokopeti is also a Qualified Supervisor for Social workers & Mental Health workers. Sokopeti is currently studying for her Bachelor of Theology at Trinity Theological College in Auckland. Sokopeti is the Service Manager for Barnardos Service in Wellington Region.
Sokopeti is interested in providing support and creating opportunities for Pacific Communities & her Tongan Community. She enjoys devoting her time to her children and family. She is also on her 2nd year as a Student Ministry for Methodist Church of New Zealand.
Nanai brings to the PHS Hutt Valley his many years of management and leadership experience. A graduate from Massey University with a MBA, Nanai is committed to manage the resources of our services to provide a professional, sustainable, culturally safe, health and social service to meet the needs of our Hutt community. This high standard of management has seen the service improve, develop and expand over the last 23 years
Recently awarded the Queen Service Medal (QSM) for Pacific health services is a recognition of his commitment and wide range contribution to improve health & wellbeing for Pacific people.
His dream is to build a hub for the Pasefika community in the Hutt Valley that will accommodate suite of services from a central point that the community can call their own.