Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley was established in 1999 as a Pacific led provider driven by the 'by Pacific, for Pacific' principle. We provide programmes and services for Pacific people in the Hutt Valley. Our dedicated staff are committed to supporting our Pacific families to develop strategies to become and remain a healthy unit.
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 17 years.
Joy is a proud daughter of Niue, born in New Zealand and is fluent in Vagahau Niue. In 1989, Joy was awarded a Pacific Public Service Scholarship with the Department of Health, which then led to her interests in Pacific development, portfolio management jobs over the last 30 years. In 2016, after studying part-time Joy graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with an MBA. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Managers and Leaders, and is working towards her chartered status. She is currently studying part-time towards her Bachelor of Laws degree. Joy joined our team in June 2019 as Project Manager for our Ministry of Health Innovation Award initiative – the Anofale Fa’atupu Ola Pasifika Hutt Valley project that aims to increase the uptake Pacific mothers and families in antenatal programs. Joy also shares her time as Manager of Pacific and Pakeha Sections at Naku Enei Tamariki (NET) Home visiting and social support services. In 2017, NET sponsored Joy to qualify as a licensed Circle of Security® Parenting™ Facilitator – and delivers this course to Pacific families. Her interests are in collective impact/ improvement methodology and how services engage and respond to needs of Pasifika babies and their families.
Sandra is the heart of the organisation as she brings vast knowledge and experience to PHS. She is known for her expertise in handling administrative functions effectively. Sandra shows the ability to provide high level of support to management, board, front line staff and programmes/projects. She is the first port of call for community members who require healthcare assistance and social support. Sandra’s efficient administration skills and quiet dignity provide a soothing and professional atmosphere for all to work in.
Well Child Nurse (RN)
Lolohea is a registered nurse with a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Specialty Well Child. She combines her healthcare training with practical, gentle support and encouragement in working with parents who have children aged 0 to 5 years. As a Well Child nurse, Lolohea undertakes core checks to ensure that your child is meeting their growth and developmental milestones. As one of our Safe Sleep educators, Lolohea provides relevant information around the importance of child safety, including minimising the risk of Sudden Unknown Death of an Infant (SUDI).
Community Health Worker - Kaiawhina
Freesia is a strong advocate of increasing self-awareness of health issues, particularly for children aged 0 to 5 years. As a Community Health Worker, Freesia’s experience and knowledge enables her to easily facilitate access for children into dental care and B4 School Checks. Freesia ensures that your child’s immunisations are up-to-date, and can arrange transport should you need it. As one of our Safe Sleep educators, Freesia provides relevant information around the importance of child safety, such as car seat safety and minimising the risk of Sudden Unknown Death of an Infant (SUDI).
Primary Healthcare Nurse (RN)
Foga joined PHSHV team in October 2018. Prior to working at PHSHV, she worked as a practice nurse for five years at a busy medical centre in the Wellington region. She is passionate and enthusiastic about nursing and has a desire to contribute to health improvement. Nursing is not always being in an acute hospital setting but also within the community environment where her passion lies, connecting, assessing, assisting, caring and offering support for our Pacific people.
Community Wellbeing Worker
Epifania Leo’o started here as a Rheumatic Fever Coordinator and is currently our Screening coordinator (Breast and Cervical Screening). Epifania is very passionate about her role at Pacific Health Service and especially working with families. She is also a children’s ministry leader at her church and has years of experience working with her community undertaking health promotions and leading exercise groups.
Registered Social Worker
Derek brings vast experience, engaging with children, young people and their families. A graduate of Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Derek is committed to champion the wellbeing of children and youth. He has spent over 20 years working with children and youth. His most formative Social Work experience was 5 years with Child, Youth and Family Lower Hutt. He was the Youth and Young Adults Pastor at Knox Church Lower Hutt for 4 years until his appointment at Pacific Health Services 2019. Derek’s greatest achievement is as dad to 11 children with his wife Louise.
Wellbeing Support Nutrionist
Hannah joined the team at PHSHV in October 2020 and is passionate about equipping groups and individuals in the Hutt community with the tools to be healthier and happier. After completing a BSc in Human Nutrition through Massey University, she spent over 3 years working on hospital food service projects and compliance at Whanganui, Midcentral and Capital & Coast DHB. This involved creating and delivering mental health nutrition group sessions to forensic mental health patients, implementing healthy vending products and improving food service sustainability. She also loves travelling and has visited some of the world’s happiest and healthiest countries to research their lifestyles and apply it to her role.
Clinical Nurse Leader | Primary Health Care
Luana Penese has been a Primary Health nurse for over 10 years now serving her community in Porirua with Ora Toa Waitangirua Medical Centre as well as Cannons Creek, Mungavin and Takapuwahia. Her nursing career began as a NetP scholarship student to Ora Toa achieving her Post-Grad Papers in Primary Health, she then continued to qualify as an Independent Vaccinator, Cervical Smear taker, developing her skills in triaging, Cardiovascular assessments, annual diabetic reviews, Electric cardiograms, and insulin titrating.
Luana will continue self-development with furthering her knowledge with pursuing a Master's Degree in Primary Health Care as well as being a mother of 5 beautiful daughters and a wife to her Samoan/Tongan husband. Luana is already active in the community with running a Community Non Profit Basketball Club with her NZ Coach of the Year 2017 Basketball Coach/husband in Tawa for over 9years.
Shivashni is a New Zealand born Fijian Indian who joined the Pacific Health Service team in January 2020. Shivashni is a new graduate nurse and is passionate about primary health and strives to provide the best health outcomes for the pacific community. Shivashni is dedicated to her work and is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge to help the community.
Alofa Fanueli Schuster
Wellbeing Service Coordinator
My name is Alofa Fanueli Schuster I am the Wellbeing Service Coordinator I have been working in the Health sector for several years. My ultimate philosophy is to serve people from all walks of life right across all ages. I was born and raised in Porirua being a solo mother of a now 18 year old daughter; I am now happily married to Talaika Schuster ultimately planted in the house of god at Destiny Church, we now live in the Hutt valley serving our pacific people. I am near to completing to becoming a qualified Diversional Therapist, working with people across to support, challenge and enhance the overall wellbeing of a person. In the community I facilitate a young teenage girls group called Diamonds and a women’s group called Legacy.