OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our leadership team is focused on ensuring our organisation achieves its strategic vision, goals and aspirations. This involves working collaboratively with partner organisations and like-minded organisations.

Our team has extensive experience in the health and disability, social services, community development, youth development and education sectors. They come from culturally diverse backgrounds; are bi-lingual; and have invaluable “lived experience” with people with disabilities, people experiencing mental illness and older peoples which they bring to the talanoa (discussions, exchanges, knowledge creation and transfer space) and their work.

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Our management team is focused on ensuring the services we deliver are evidence-based, culturally relevant and responsive to the needs of our Pacific families and communities - so our Pacific families and communities can realise their potential and achieve their health and wellbeing goals and aspirations.

 

Our management team is made of two teams who work closely to make things happen - the business management and team leader teams. Like our leadership team, our management team come from culturally diverse backgrounds; are bi-lingual; and have invaluable “lived experience” with people with disabilities, people experiencing mental illness and older peoples which they bring to the talanoa and their work.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TEAM

TEAM LEADER TEAM

 

DR. AMANDA-LANUOLA DUNLOP

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Amanda-Lanuola Dunlop (Amanda) is Chief Executive Officer. Appointed August 2019, she has over 25 years' experience and expertise in health policy development, management, relationship management, research and evaluation. Prior to joining Vaka Tautua, Amanda was Senior Adviser, Pacific and Development Group, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Previous roles include health research and evaluation consultant (self-employed), Pacific health research manager at The University of Auckland and programme manager at Counties Manukau District Health Board.

Amanda holds a Doctorate in Community Health from The University of Auckland. Her specific areas of expertise are social marketing, Pacific health behaviours and behaviour change (mental illness, depression, healthy eating, physical activity and the influences of ‘culture’ and ‘ethnicity’), mixed-methods research and evaluation. Amanda is Samoan and Maori (Ngati Maniapoto); was raised in Samoa; and is a former international netball player. 

 

         Amanda-Lanuola.D@vakatautua.co.nz

 

clare williams

General Manager

Clare Williams is General Manager, responsible for overseeing the business operations of the organisation: the contracting and reporting, audit and compliance and human resources. She has over 25 years’ business management and financial services experience, of which 14 are in the family social services and care and protection sectors in New Zealand.

 

Clare is South African, and emigrated to New Zealand in 2000 with her family.

 

        Clare.W@vakatautua.co.nz


        021 702 490

 

Kristina sofele

National Operations Manager

Kristina Sofele is National Operations Manager, responsible for overseeing the delivery of services and managing our team leader network. She has extensive social work, community development, relationship management and management experience. Prior to joining Vaka Tautua in 2014, Kristina was Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (now Pacific peoples). Previous roles include senior social worker and case manager at Child, Youth & Family Services (now Oranga Tamariki).

 

Tonga born-and-raised, Kristina is actively involved in the Tongan community in New Zealand, particularly in the sports, youth development and church areas. Her personal experiences on the challenges of navigating the New Zealand health system inform her work.

 

         Kristina.S@vakatautua.co.nz

         027 533 5875

 

Finance Manager

Anauli Greg Va’afusuaga

Anauli Greg Va’afusuaga (Greg) is the money man, responsible for managing finances and accounts. A member of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAAA), he has worked extensively in the private and public sectors in New Zealand and overseas.

 

Greg is Samoan and holds the chiefly title of Anauli. He is actively involved in the Samoan community, particularly in the sports, youth development and church areas.

 

         Greg.V@ vakatautua.co.nz

         027 204 8427

 

Evan Teiti

Business Management Coordinator

Evan Teiti is Business Management Coordinator, responsible for overseeing our data collection and reporting requirements. Prior to joining Vaka Tautua, he worked as a health research assistant at The University of Auckland. Evan holds a Bachelor of Health Science from the same university.

 

Cook Islands-born and raised, Evan is actively involved in the Cook Islands community in New Zealand and back home; particularly in the sports and church areas.

 

         Evan.T@vakatautua.co.nz

         027 205 3149

 

Argentina Fatialofa

Team Leader, Henderson office

Team Leader, Community and Peer Support (Waitemata/West Auckland)

Argentina Fatialofa is Team Leader of the Henderson office, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of our services in the Waitemata/West Auckland area and stakeholder engagement. She is also Team Leader Mental Health Community and Peer Support services, responsible for overseeing the delivery of these specific services in the region.

Argentina has extensive counselling and family therapy experience. She holds a certificate in addiction and mental health support (Manukau Institute of Technology) and is a trained facilitator for suicide intervention. Prior to joining Vaka Tautua in 2008, Argentina was a telephone counsellor at Lifeline, and programme coordinator for elderly stroke survivors.

Argentina is Niuean and actively involved in the Niuean community.

         Argentina.F@vakatautua.co.nz

 

Alphonso Afoa-Scotter

Team Leader, Awhi Ora (Auckland Central)

Alphonso Afoa-Scotter (Sio) is Team Leader, Awhi Ora, responsible for overseeing the delivery of these services in the Auckland Central region. He has extensive mental health, youth health and health research experience. Prior to joining Vaka Tautua, Sio worked as a research fellow at The University of Auckland; and at Odyssey House Youth Residential supporting Pacific peoples with mental health challenges.

 

Sio is Samoan. He holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from The University of Auckland.

         Alphonso.A@vakatautua.co.nz

          027 599 9612

 

Fonoti Jessica Fonoti

Team Leader, Growing Strong Pacific Families (Auckland-wide)

Fonoti Jessica Fonoti (Jess) is Team Leader, Growing Strong Pacific Communities, responsible for overseeing the delivery of the suite of services under this programme across the Auckland region. A senior social worker, Jess has extensive experience in social work, youth development and justice, whanau resilience, anti-violence and suicide prevention. 

 

Jess is Samoan and holds the chiefly title of Fonoti. She is actively involved in the Samoan community in New Zealand and back home; and in social work, youth development and justice areas.

 

         Jess.F@vakatautua.co.nz

 

Willie Te’o

Co-Team Leader, Porirua office

Team Leader, Mental Health Navigation Services (Wellington)

Willie Te’o is Co-Team Leader of the Porirua office, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of our services in the Porirua/Wellington area and stakeholder engagement. He is also Team Leader Mental Health Navigation Services, responsible for overseeing the delivery of these specific services in the region. Willie has extensive experience in mental health and information technology. 

 

From Porirua, Willie has strong networks in the local community. He is actively involved in his Samoan community; and in sports, church and community development areas.

 

        Willie.T@vakatautua.co.nz

 

         027 778 8019

 

Faye Seumanutafa

Co-Team Leader, Porirua office

Team leader, Disability Information Advisory Services (DIAS; Wellington)

Faye Seumanutafa is Co-Team Leader of the Porirua office, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of our services in the Porirua/Wellington area and stakeholder engagement. She is also Team Leader DIAS (Wellington), responsible for overseeing the delivery of this specific service in the region. Faye has extensive disability and accounting experience. Previous roles include accounts clerk at Samoan Treasury Department and assistant financial manager Gerard Lighting.

 

Samoa-born and raised, Faye is actively involved in the Samoan community in New Zealand and back home; and her church community.

 

         Faye.S@vakatautua.co.nz

          027 930 4421

 

Kaiongo Tupou

Team Leader, Christchurch office

Team Leader, Disability Information Advisory Services Support (DIAS; Canterbury)

Kaiongo Tupou (Kai) is Team Leader of the Christchurch office, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of our services in the Canterbury region and stakeholder engagement. He is also Team Leader DIAS (Canterbury), responsible for overseeing the delivery of this specific service in the region. Kai has extensive disability, social services and sports management experience. Prior to joining Vaka Tautua in 2013, he was Sports Development Office for the Tongan Sports Association. Previous roles include trainer for the Tongan Paralympics team (2006 – 2008) and professional rugby player. 

 

Tongan-born and raised, Kai holds qualifications in social services, disability information provision and sports management. He is a former Tongan international rugby player. Kai is actively involved in the Tongan community in New Zealand and back home; particularly in the disability, sports and church areas. He is also a voluntary bishop with his church.

 

         Kaiongo.T@vakatautua.co.nz

          021 032 9240

Vaka Tautua is a national “by Pacific for Pacific” health and social services provider. Established in 2007 by the PIASS and Malologa Trusts, we are a not-for-profit limited liability company registered with the Charities Commission.

We meet industry standards and have quality accreditation. We hold DAA Group Certification against Standard NZS 8134:2008 Health and Disability Services; Ministry of Social Development Social Sector Accreditation Standards Level 2, and Accreditation as a Living Wage employer.

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