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Regional Manager Marks Vaka Tautua's Next Journey

Tagaloa Taima Fagaloa’s welcome as Vaka Tautua’s first-ever Regional Manager Central/South at Vaka Tautua Wellington in Porirua this week, marked the beginning of the organisation’s "next journey" in supporting our Pacific communities achieve their health and wellbeing goals and aspirations.

Vaka Tautua Chief Executive Officer, Dr Amanda-Lanuola Dunlop, noted the significance of the occasion and Tagaloa’s appointment.

“Today is a historic day for our organisation because it marks the next phase in our journey, which is about strengthening our presence… in the regions so we able to respond even more readily to the needs of our Pacific families and communities, and at a local level,” said Amanda.

“The Board [of Vaka Tautua] and I are excited about this next phase... and to having someone of Tagaloa’s calibre, experience and integrity leading our organisation in the Wellington and Canterbury regions.”

Regional Manager Central/South, Tagaloa Taima Fagaloa with Chief

Executive Officer, Dr Amanda-Lanuola Dunlop.

Tagaloa, a senior executive with over 10 years’ experience in the Pacific health sector and strong community and NGO experience, spoke of her commitment to Vaka Tautua, its work, and the families and communities we serve.

“Together with our families and communities, we can achieve a legacy of prosperity by building on the strengths and aspirations of our Pacific people,” said Tagaloa.

“I am honoured and humbled to have been given this opportunity to be part of a dynamic organisation; and look forward to supporting the Vaka Tautua team. It is timely that we consolidate and build our services in Wellington and Christchurch in order to support our communities in times of need.”

Tagaloa will be based in our Wellington office in Porirua, and manage our Wellington and Canterbury regional operations.

Tagaloa is currently completing her PhD. Her most recent role was Executive Director for Capital & Coast DHB Pacific Directorate, where she oversaw the DHB’s Pacific contracts and advocated for increased Pacific services (2009-2019). Previous roles include Porirua City Councillor (2004-2010) and Deputy Mayor; and social worker and lecturer (2002-2007).

Linda Allen, acting manager of Vaka Tautua Wellington, for the past four months was also farewelled. Amanda thanked her for her leadership and support, particularly during the challenging COVID period.

Tagaloa is one of six new management positions Vaka Tautua has established for its “next

journey.” The new management team is expected to be on board on 27 July.

Tagaloa Taima Fagaloa with outgoing acting Manager, Linda Allen.


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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