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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


Phone: 04 282 0959

Mobile: 027 494 3938

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. Nanai is also active in his local church being the Treasurer for the last 20 years. He is married and has 4 children and 8 grand children. The service he founded in 1999 with 4 staff members with 2 service contracts has grown to 27 staff and 19 contracts in 2023. 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.

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Candice Apelu Mariner
General Manager


Phone: 04 282 0952

“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.

Sandra Niko
Office Manager


Phone: 04 909 7329 / 04 577 0394

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.

Lolohea Tukia
Well Child Nurse (NZRN)


Phone: 04 282 0961

Mobile: 027 727 7699

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 (SUDI) Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy .

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.


Phone: 04 282 0958

Mobile: 027 727 7002

Fofoga Logovae
Primary Healthcare Nurse (NZRN)


Phone: 04 282 0955
Mobile: 027 275 2405

Fofogaomanono Logovae is a Well Child Nurse, who completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Specialty Nursing in Well Child Tamariki Ora. She is passionate and enthusiastic about nursing and has a desire to contribute to health improvement through Children's Health, Vaccination, Women's Health undertaking Cervical Sampling and overall health and wellbeing of families she cares for.

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.


Phone: 04 282 0951

Mobile: 027 277 6996

Derek Saumolia
Registered Social Worker


Phone: 04 974 8291

Mobile: 027 494 3939

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.

Hannah Aldersley 
Wellbeing Support Nutritionist 


Phone: 04 555 1469
Mobile: 027 381 4507

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. 

Shivashni Narayan
Clinical Lead Primary  NZRN, BN, PGCert in Nursing Science


Phone: 04 282 0957

Mobile: 027 381 4238

Shivashni Narayan is New Zealand born Fijian- Indian. She is the Clinical Lead- Primary Outreach Nursing Service (NZRN) at Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley. Shivashni has been working at Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley for 3 years and has since completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Science and is on the pathway to completing the Registered Nurse Prescribing in Community Health paper to become a designated nurse prescriber. Shivashni started at Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley as a new graduate nurse and is passionate about community health and strives to provide best health outcomes for the Pacific community.

Aotearoa Muaiava-Saolele
Community Connector


Phone: 04 555 1626

Mobile: 027 237 7192

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. 

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Talofa lava, my name is Lina Paulo i am the Program Advisor (Youth) at Pacific Health Service - Hutt Valley. Being a proud Samoan I have always dreamt of one day securing a role where I am able to serve our pacific people. I’m thankful to PHS for making it a reality and I’m so excited to join the PHSHV aiga. My passion runs deep in youth work, and my past 3 roles have been that of a youth worker. I enjoy the energy and honesty that youth have and love the challenges that youth work brings. I’m blessed with 2 beautiful teenage girls who are my absolute pride and joy. I’m married to Mr Samoa 2000 and we all live happily ever after with my amazing parents in Taita State. I look forward to serving in our Hutt Valley communities.

Lina Paulo
Programme Advisor (Youth)


Mobile: 027 211 3440

Markyla Aisea
Communications Officer


Mobile: 027 240 5994

Kia Ora Ko Markyla Aisea tōku ingoa He uri ahau nō Ngati Kahungunu, Tuhoe me Taranaki. Greetings my name is Markyla I am a proud descendant of Ngati Kahungunu on my mothers side and Taranaki / Tuhoe on my fathers side.   I am honoured to be the "Communications Officer" here at Pacific Health Service - Hutt Valley. Capturing special moments through photography, video and graphic design have always been a huge passion of mine and I am VERY excited to work alongside the Hutt Valley Pasifika community to help capture the vibrant cultures, stories and most importantly get to know the Pacific Community. So if you see me out, come and say hello! I look forward to new relationships & connections.

Amanda Matautia
Primary Healthcare Nurse (NZRN)


Amanda Matautia has been with Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley for 5 months as a Primary Health and Outreach Nurse. After graduating from the Bachelor of Nursing Pacific at Whitireia she spent the first 5 years of her career in the Medical Assessment and Planning Unit at Hutt Hospital where she was able to refine her clinical and assessment skills. As her family began to expand, she decided to step in the community space and has spent the last 3 years as a District Nurse. She has a post graduate diploma in Long Term Conditions and is now working towards certification in Well Child Tamariki Ora. Amanda is of Cook Island decent from the Island of Atiu. Living and working in Lower Hutt she is passionate about providing expert care to those in the community she knows and loves.

Catherine Tu'akalau
Nurse Practitioner


Catherine is of Samoan and Tongan descent, She is 1 of only 8 Pacific Nurse Practitioners in New Zealand and the only Wellington based NP specializing in Child health. NP's can work both independently and collaboratively. They're able to prescribe, clinically assess patients, order lab tests among their scope if patients can't get an appointment with their GP. NP work alongside GPs, health care professionals and Hospital specialists to make care more accessible. This also helps reduce hospital admissions and ED congestion. We are very fortunate here at PHSHV to have Catherine join our team as we aim to bring quality, affordable (free) and accessible health care to our Pacific communities.

Andrew Kaulave
Mental Health Navigator


Malo ‘e lelei my name is Andrew Kaulave and I am a father of 5 wonderful kids. I am of Tongan descent and live on the Kapiti Coast. I come from a varied background spanning both government and non-government organisations. My last role was as a Keyworker with Emerge Aotearoa navigating the reintegration space. I worked specifically with recently released inmates, providing support and guidance in their journey towards life outside of the wire. I have a strong passion for the mental health and addictions space and am currently studying towards the "Te Taketake" diploma in Alcohol and other Drugs Applied Counselling through Moana House. I am very excited to be a part of Pacific Health Service - Hutt Valley and hope to one day contribute to equitable care in the AOD space especially with regards to the Pasifika and Māori community.


Malo Ni, I'm Dan Olive the latest member of the PHS aiga. Lived in the Hutt Valley all of my life and excited to continue servicing our community through holistic health. My wife is always encouraging, my kids are motivating and being around people is what enjoy.  I will be leading our Stop Smoking Services as well as our Youth Wellness program. I'm looking forward to the journey at PHSHV.

Dan Olive
Stop Smoking Practitioner/Youth Programme Lead


Mobile: 027 254 2670

Atitoafaiga Tau
Projects Officer


Ati as she is affectionally known is responsible for supporting with HR, Finance and Board Secretariat work here at PHSHV. She previously worked as a Senior Accounts officer for a multinational shipping company dividing her time between their Auckland and Samoa offices. Prior to this she worked as a Project Support officer and Finance Officer for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme that supports 27 Pacific member countries where she assisted and worked on projects. Ati is also a dual international representative for the sports of Rugby League and Tag. She is also a graduate of Victoria University and is passionate about sport, gender equity and the environment.

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Venus Tauauvea
Registered Nurse - Part time


Talofa my name is Venus, born and raised in the Hutt City and of Samoan heritage. I am the eldest of 3 siblings and fun fact, I’m also the eldest of 31 grandchildren on my mums side. A big motivation for my role is representing our Pacific people, helping them and being able to set an example for the future generation. I have always wanted to branch out into the community and after working in the Surgical ward since 2012 PHSHV was able to help me make that big move from acute care in to a community setting. With my role here at PHSHV I want to encouraging our pacific people to make their health a priority by providing them with the right knowledge and education to take charge of their lives.

Anoushka Alo
Primary Health and Outreach Nurse


I am an Auckland born, Wellington bred Samoan / Japanese hybrid from the villages of Nofoali'i, Safotu, Leulumoega and Paia. As an RN, my practice is driven by a nursing philosophy deeply rooted in Pacific cultural values, frameworks and a profound respect for cultural diversity. I was a Gynaecology Registered Nurse at Te Whatu Ora Wellington since 2018 and have recently joined the PHS and NET Pacific aiga in July 2023. Pre-nursing, I lived and worked abroad for 14 years in various professional roles in the public and private sector. I love travelling and we make it a priority to enjoy family trips away together creating lasting memories. When I manage to get a moment for myself amongst the busyness of life, I like to exercise or turn on some music and bake, meet up with friends over food and dancing, but above of all, I love being with my three children, my life partner and my beautiful Mama - they are undeniably "My Why."

Talalelei Faifai
Primary Health and Outreach Nurse


Talalelei Faifai is a New Zealand born Samoan who trained at the former Wellington Polytechnic in the early 1990s and graduated with a Diploma in Nursing. Talalelei has worked as a nurse for over 28 years in various health settings, including older persons rehabilitation, general medical, telehealth, agency nursing, and aged care in Wellington, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast. She started at Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley in April 2022 and is a Primary Health and Outreach Nurse. She enjoys working within the Pacific community to help our people reach their health and wellbeing goals.

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