Our Team

Dedicated Staff


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 Muaau
Chief Executive Officer

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.

Email: Nanai.Muaau@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 282 0959

Mobile: 027 494 3938

Candice Apelu Mariner
General Manager

“Talofa lava, I’m Candice Apelu Mariner and it’s good to be back working at Pacific Health Services Hutt Valley in the role of General Manager. To be back whilst the service is going through a transformational change is a real blessing. I look forward to contributing to the amazing work already underway led by the CEO and the staff”.
Candice is no stranger to PHSHV, having led, as a Project Manager, the award winning PHSHV programs: Pasifika Choice – Childhood Obesity prevention program including the popular Annual Fun Family Touch Tournament and Faith Led Program.
“My youngest son is also a Thriving Cores Well Child baby who has thrived because of the loving care of the PHSHV Well Child Team.”
She comes to us from the 2DHB in her recent role of 2DHB Principal Advisor within the Pacific Directorate. We look forward to Candice being part of the strong team here at PHSHV.

Email: Candice.ApeluMariner@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 282 0952

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Sandra Niko
Office Manager

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.

Email: Sandra.Niko@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 909 7329 / 04 577 0394

Lolohea Tukia
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).

Email: Lolohea.Tukia@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 282 0961

Mobile: 027 727 7699

Freesia Alofi
Community Health Worker - Kaiawhina

Freesia provides education, information and support to help our people to increase their 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.

Email: Freesia.Alofi@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 282 0958

Mobile: 027 727 7002

Fofoga Logovae
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.

Email: Fofoga.Logovae@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 282 0955
Mobile: 027 275 2405

Epifania Leoo
COVID Response & Community Engagement Lead

Epifania Leo’o started here as a Rheumatic Fever Coordinator and is currently our COVID Vaccination coordinator. 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.

Email: Epi.Leoo@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 282 0951

Mobile: 027 277 6996

Derek Saumolia
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.

Email: Derek.Saumolia@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 974 8291

Mobile: 027 494 3939

Hannah Aldersley 
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. 

Email: Hannah.Aldersley@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 555 1469
Mobile: 027 381 4507

Luana Penese
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

Email: Luana.Penese@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 282 0953

Mobile: 027 273 1536

Shivashni Narayan
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.

Email: Shivashni.Narayan@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 282 0957

Mobile: 027 381 4238

Aotearoa Muaiava-Saolele
Community Connector

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. 

Email: Tea.Muaiava-Saolele@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 555 1626

Mobile: 027 237 7192

Okesene Time
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.

Email: Okesene.Time@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 555 1627

Mobile: 027 211 3440

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Joelita Taanoa
Wellbeing Worker

Joelita joins PHS as our Breast and Cervical Screening Coordinator and will also be working alongside the Welbeing Team. COVID-19 has brought her back home after a 5-year stint in Australia with her husband and 5 children. She is looking forward to being amongst and serving our Pacific community.

Email: Joelita.Taanoa@phshutt.co.nz

Phone: 04 555 1618

Mobile: 027 240 5994

Keli Feaunati
Primary Healthcare Nurse (NZRN)

Talofa lava, my name is Keli Feaunati and I am a New Zealand born Samoan. I completed a Bachelors of Nursing (Pacific) in 2019; my background is in AT&R for older adults, and in maternity to which I provided postnatal care for mothers & newborns.
I pride myself on being Samoan/a Pacific person and I love helping people. What better way to express that than to work for PHS and help better the health outcomes of tagata Pasifika of the Hutt Valley region.

Email: Kelly.Feaunati@phshutt.co.nz

Mobile: 027 214 6679