OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Our management 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 management team has extensive experience in the health and disability, social services, community development, youth development and education sectors. They come from culturally diverse backgrounds; most are bi-lingual; and some have invaluable “lived experience” with people with disabilities, people experiencing mental illness and older peoples. Our team bring this knowledge, experience and expertise to the talanoa (discussions, exchanges, knowledge creation and transfer space) and their work.
OUR TEAM LEADERS
Our services team network 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.
Like our management team, the team come from culturally diverse backgrounds; most are bi-lingual; and some have invaluable “lived experience” with people with disabilities, people experiencing mental illness and older peoples. The team bring this knowledge, experience and expertise to the talanoa and their work.
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 Māori (Ngāti Maniapoto and Waikato-Tainui); was raised in Samoa; and is a former international netball player.
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.
027 533 5875
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.
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.
027 599 9612
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.
Acting Manger, Porirua office
Linda Allen is Acting Manager of the Porirua office, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of our services in the Porirua/Wellington area and stakeholder engagement. She has extensive management, social work and health experience.
Linda is Canadian/First Nation, and lives in the Kapiti Coast.
Co-Team Leader, Porirua office
Team leader, Disability Information Advisory Services (DIAS; Wellington)
Faye Seumanutafa is Co-Team Leader of the Porirua office, 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.
027 930 4421
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.
021 032 9240