Our Management Team
Vui Mark Gosche - Chief Executive
Vui Mark Gosche is the Chief Executive of Vaka Tautua, a role he took up in July 2014 after 5 years on the governance board. Vaka Tautua is a not for profit ‘for Pacific by Pacific’ community health and social service provider working in the areas of disability, mental health, older people, family violence and financial capability - with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The governance board and staff of Vaka Tautua are almost all of Pacific Island heritage and all operational staff are bilingual.
Vui Mark Gosche is of Samoan heritage. Prior to his current role he was Chief Advisor Strategic Relationships at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in Auckland; a Member of the NZ Parliament
(1996- 2008) who held cabinet ministerial portfolios of Housing, Pacific Island Affairs, Transport, Corrections and Racing; and for 15 years he was a trade union leader representing service industry workers – where he set up 4 health centres which provided low cost primary health care services (doctors and nurses). Since leaving politics he has held a large number of governance roles including NZ Rugby League, TYLA Trust, COMET Auckland, Vaka Tautua, Brain Injury Association, Talklink Trust and Fonua Ola. He currently serves on the board of Lifewise and was recently elected to the Mt. Wellington Licensing Trust which owns and operates hotel and conference centres – the profits of which are returned to the community via a charitable trust. Vui’s experience is also informed by his wife Carol whom he is a caregiver for. Carol, had a severe brain haemorrhage in 2002. He and his wife have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Clare Williams – General Manager
Clare joined Vaka Tautua in November 2017. She brings with her 12 years extensive business management experience in the family social services and care & protection industries within New Zealand.
Clare along with her husband and two children immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2000. Her greatest passion is the wellbeing of our most vulnerable children and the elderly.
Kristina Sofele - National Regional Manager
Kristina joined Vaka Tautua in September 2014, bringing extensive experience in social work, community development, organisation and management from working in government organisations and community groups.
On a personal level, she has experience of nursing and caring fulltime for her mother at home, and other elderly family members. Although born in Tonga, she was very fortunate to receive full treatment and repair of cleft lip and palate in New Zealand and having had this experience she knows how challenging it can be to navigate the health system, particularly with the language and comprehension barriers our Pacific families face in New Zealand. For a Tongan her favourite food is Faikakai Mei!!!
Greg Va'afusuaga - Finance Manager
Greg Va'afusuaga joined our Management Team as the Finance Manager in July 2015. Greg has extensive experience as an Accountant in the Private and Public sectors in New Zealand and overseas. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.
Greg loves spending quality time with his family and is a sports “analyst” particularly in Rugby League, Cricket and Rugby and recently netball (supporting his daughters play). From his Faith in God Greg serves the Pacific Island Community through the work that Vaka Tautua is involved in.
Sarah McLean - Business Management Coordinator
Sarah McLean was born in New Zealand but grew up in Samoa before coming back to New Zealand for secondary schooling. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Criminology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences and is currently completing her Masters of Arts, focusing her research on service providers perspectives of young Samoan females with depression. Sarah came to Vaka Tautua in July 2016 as the Parenting Programme Project Manager and has now come on board full time as our Business Management Coordinator. Sarah is excited to utilise her skills and knowledge to help Vaka Tautua to continue to grow and strive.
June Ngatae-Papali'i - Business Administrator
Bio to come