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 (NZRN)
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 provides education, information and support to help our people to increase the self-awareness on health issues for our community. Unfortunately, wanting to change may not be enough if the lack of financial means is also an obstacle. Freesia brings determined support and practical tools to help our people make the changes.
Primary Healthcare Nurse (NZRN)
Foga joined the PHSHV team in October 2018. Prior to working at PHSHV, she worked as a GP 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. Ms Logovae is also working as a Well Child Nurse, completing core checks and providing support to parents and families with new-borns starting from 4-6 weeks until 5 years old. With the COVID-19 and New Zealand Scheduled Immunisation on advertisement, Foga is a qualified vaccinator with many years of experience. She applies her practice to where it is needed most and educates the community in either English or Samoan on the importance of immunisation and any other necessary information.
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 Nutritionist
Hannah is a Registered Nutritionist passionate about equipping groups and individuals in the Hutt community with the tools to be healthy and happy. She is part of the Wellbeing team and provides group and individual nutrition support. 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 DHBs. 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 (NZRN)
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
Primary Healthcare Nurse (NZRN)
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.
Mental Health Worker
Talofa Lava. My name is Aotearoa Muaiava-Saolele, and I am the Mental Health Worker at Pacific Health Services. I am a NZ born Samoan woman, who values her culture, language and most importantly church. I am married to my husband Tiso Saolele and we have been blessed with two beautiful children.
I have a solid educational foundation and a passion for promoting and advancing the mental wellbeing of our Pacific people. With several years’ experience in the Community Sector, I am adept in identifying at-risk populations. I have worked with at risk young people in residential state care in Melbourne, higher education institutions and in voluntary based roles within our local Hutt Valley community.
My experiences working with individuals in different contexts led me to discover my passion for being of service to Pacific people, to guide, to inform, and to lead. I have since graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Masters by thesis exploring the lived experiences of young Pacific women diagnosed with depression. In addition, I also completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Education Psychology and Criminology.
Mental Health Worker
Talofa lava, my name is Okesene Time. I am the Mental Health worker here at PHS. I am a NZ born Samoan and have lived in Lower Hutt all my life. I come from the villages of Saleaaumua in Aleipata and Faletagaloa in Safune. I am married to my wife Liza who is from Rongomaiwahine and Ngā Puhi. We have two children and enjoy spending good quality time together.
I have experience with retail banking, youth work and social housing. I have a BA majoring in Education with Victoria University of Wellington.