Meet Our Team
RN, PhD. QSM.
Margaret is the Clinical Team Leader for the Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing Service.
Of Tuvaluan/Palagi descent, Margaret has served the people of Porirua and the wider Wellington Region in many different capacities. She has had extensive leadership experience in Health and Education contributing strong advocacy for the needs of Pacific peoples.
Her current role provides the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Capital & Coast District Health Board to make a profound contribution to addressing current and historic inequities that Pacific peoples in the New Zealand context have experienced. This is being achieved through the quality of expert nursing care being delivered by the Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing team.
RN, BN, PG Dip Health Mgt, MA Health Care
Kupa is a Specialty Clinical Nurse for the Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing Service.
Kupa is passionate about his Tokelau/ Tuvalu/ Cook Islands heritage and he is committed to
supporting all Pacific families to receive quality health care when they need it most. He has many years of clinical and managerial experience in a variety of health specialty areas and, actively supports community initiatives that improves and promotes the safety and wellbeing of Pacific families.
Kupa’s role includes working with families taking a holistic approach to address the many complex challenges that impacts on their health and wellbeing and, is solutions-based. Families can expect to be treated with fairness, with respect, and with strong advocacy skills. Kupa is proud to be a member of the Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing team.
RN, BN, PGDip Specialty Care
Matt is a Specialty Clinical Nurse with the Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing Service and is of Tuvaluan/European descent. He has been a registered nurse since 1996 and has experience in both hospital and community-based settings.
With his clinical expertise and ability to develop effective professional relationships within the health system, Matt is determined to support and improve the health and well-being of Pacific families in the Porirua region.
RN, BN, PG cert
Linon is a Specialty Clinical Nurse for Vaka Atafaga Pacific Service
Linon is of Samoan decent. Born and raised in Porirua.
Linon was one of the pioneer students studying the first Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific) in Aotearoa 2004. She has clinical experience in Oncology, Renal and Haematology. Recently she has worked as a District nurse in Porirua. Linon spent some time in Australia working in Alice Springs, Darwin, and Cairns where there is high population of Indigenous peoples.
Linon is aware and familiar with the ongoing challenges that are faced by Pacific Island families when accessing health care. She is passionate and keen on finding solutions that improve health care for Pacific families.
RN, BN, MA (Applied) Nursing
Wendy is of European, Irish Nga Puhi descent and works as Speciality Clinical Nurse for Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing Service.
Wendy has a long commitment to the Porirua community and Pacific and Maori families. She has worked both in clinical practice at our local and regional hospital where she developed a passion for health education with a regard to amending health and education inequities. Wendy has worked in Nursing Education helping to establish the first Bachelor of Nursing Pacific Programme at Whitireia NZ and eventually becoming the Academic Leader for the programme. Her return to clinical practice within Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing Service has enabled her to continue to use her knowledge and skills in relation to Medical, Aged Care, Mental Health and Addiction nursing, Therapeutic Communications, Anatomy and Physiology and Nursing and Health Education.
With over 30 years nursing experience as a Registered Nurse Wendy is aware of the health challenges that face our communities and the need for our families to receive quality care and support. She is a strong advocate for human rights and values the notions of relationship building, respect and honesty.