Vaka Tautua is a national “by Pacific for Pacific” health and social service provider.

We were established in 2007 by the PIASS and Malologa Trusts and remain a not-for-profit limited liability company registered with the Charities Commission.

We currently hold certification from the DAA Group against Standard NZS 8134:2008 Health and Disability Services, and we hold Level Two Status as a provider for the Ministry of Social Development.

​© Copyright 2014 Vaka Tautua


Send us an email 

Call us toll free on 

0800 825 282 

PO Box 23244, Hunters Corner 2155, Auckland

Tunumafono Avaula Fa'amoe


Tunumafono Avaula Fa'amoe (Ava) is a self-employed managing director for F 5 Enterprise Limited. Ava has helped establish organisations such as PIASS Trust, Taikura Trust and Vaka Tautua. Ava is currently a trustee for both the PIASS and Taikura Trusts and a board director for Vaka Tautua. He was an elected member of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board. Previously he served as the Chair of the Otara Community Board under Manukau City Council and is currently a board member of the Otara Law Centre.

Board of Directors

Viliami Toafa

Vice Chairperson

Viiami Toafa served as the General Manager of West Fono and in 2007 was the recipient of the Pacific Business Trust, MIT Pacific Business Executive of the Year Award. He is the Practice and Public Health Manger of Langimalie Health Services aswell as Chairman of the Malologa Trust. He is a board member for the Tongan Health Society and a Board of Trustees member of Favona Primary School.

Faumui Penelope Ginnen (Lope)


Lope is a barrister specialising in family law, and balances her legal practice with corporate governance work.  She is a trustee of Recovery Solutions Group, which provides recovery and rehabilitation services to people affected by mental illness or alcohol and other drug addictions; and a director of Ngati Whatua o Orakei Whai Maia Limited, the post settlement governance entity charged with advancing the wellbeing of the hapu.  She is the chair of Brainwave Trust Aotearoa, a charity that raises awareness of brain research about the impact of early experiences on infant brain development, which affects children’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional development. 
Brainwave also publicises recent neuroscience about the development of the adolescent brain.  She is a member of the community advisory group of the Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Courts. 

Dr Siale 'Alo Foliaki


Dr Siale 'Alo Foliaki has built a nineteen year career as a qualified psychiatrist with the Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB). He has helped establish several Pacific health organisations including the Tongan Health Society, the Faleola Services (Pacific Adult Mental Health Services) and Vaka Toa (Pacific Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) for the CMDHB. Dr Foliaki was appointed lead Pacific researcher in Te Rau Hinengaro the New Zealand Mental Health Survey.

Dr Lana Perese


​Lana began her research career at the University of Auckland and rose to the position of Pacific Health Research Manager. She moved to the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs where she provided Pacific Research advice to the Ministry executive and managed the research unit within the Ministry contributing to projects including Pacific Debt, Growing up in New Zealand and the study of Pacific non-regulated workers.
Lana works at Malatest International as Auckland Manager. She has led a range of projects with a focus on the Auckland community and on Pacific research.

Lana has strong analytical and research skills developed from academic training and study, involvement and/or employment in extensive research studies within various New Zealand universities for more than a decade and more recently in government research and management.

Nadeen Lanuola Papali’i

Associate Director


Nadeen is currently the Director of the Health Science Academy at Tangaroa College in Otara. Her role involves coordinating academic mentoring of academy students, tracking and monitoring student achievement and informing parents of student performance. She is a mathematics teacher with a Masters of Engineering with First Class Honours in Environmental Engineering from Auckland University. She has studied engineering at the University of Manchester (UK), has volunteered in the Pacific with Engineers Without Borders NZ and won numerous awards including the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award in Leadership in 2011


Nadeen says she is “passionate about raising achievement and providing opportunities on a local scale, for young people to experience confidence and success. On a global scale I hope to utilise my experience from the education sector to address poor water quality in developing countries, to improve quality of life. Aware such aspirations can be strenuous I like to constantly exercise for relief and balance.”


Note: The Vaka Tautua board of directors decided in 2017 to create an ex officio “associate” director role to allow young Pacific community leaders to gain governance experience by attending and participating in board meetings so that we can help develop future directors for the Pacific NGO sector.