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Meet Our Team

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Kupa Kupa

RN, BN, PG Dip Health Mgt, MA Health Care

 

Co Service Leader & Specialty Clinical Nurse

 

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.

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Matt Southwick

RN, BN, PGDip Specialty Care

Specialty Clinical Nurse

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.

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Asenati Kupa-Apolinario

RN, BN, PG Cert Mental Health

Specialty Clinical Nurse

Asenati is a Speciality Clinical Nurse for Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing Service and is of Tokelaun and Samoan heritage and a Graduate of Whitireia New Zealand Bachelor of Nursing Pacific programme

Asenati has wide range of clinical nursing experience working across the lifespan in both hospital and community settings in Mental Health and Medical Nursing. This includes expertise in Acute Inpatient Mental Health within the Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) and in caring for Acute medical preterm and unwell infants and supporting their families.

In the community Asenati worked for Plunkett ensuing that the health and wellbeing of Children under five years of age was maintained while working alongside their families to provide education to support them during their journey as a parent or caregiver. An interest in mental health and aged care led Asenati to working in a Level 5 Psychogeriatric Care unit at a Private Hospital where she gained experience in caring for older adults with dementia and a range of other mental health issues which are experienced by older adults. Prior to joining the Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing Service Asenati had returned to working in the Community Mental Health addictions and intellectual Disabilities (MHAIDS) team.

Asenati understands the cultural challenges Pacific people's face when presenting with composite health and cultural issues. She is motivated to improving health outcomes for Pacific and is a strong advocate for positive change where the need has been identified. Asenati would like to support Pacific clients to be independent in navigating their way through the complexity of the health system, particularly with the expected changes as we move into a new restructured health system.

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Eve Kaimoana

BN

Immunisation & Vaccination Clinical Lead Nurse

Eve is currently the Covid-19 Clinical Lead for Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing Service and is of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Kahungunu descent.  Eve has been a Registered Nurse since 2008 and has worked as a Practice Nurse and Māori Community Health Nurse in Porirua.  Eve is determined to make a difference and improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori and Pacific families in Porirua

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Raumataillen Salale

Team Administrator

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Wendy Scott.

RN, BN, MA (Applied) Nursing

Co Service Leader & Specialty Clinical Nurse

 

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.

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Linon Nanai

RN, BN, PG cert

Specialty Clinical Nurse

 

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.

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Litia Lealemisa

RN, BA, PG Cert

Specialty Clinical Nurse

Litia is of Samoan decent, however born and raised in Porirua. She has work  between Wellington Hospital and Kenepuru Hospital, she has a nursing background in rehab, geriatrics, medical and surgical. She is new to community nursing, but has quickly learnt that there is a great need for Pacific nurses in the community, to help our people navigate through the health system and connecting them to other services.

She is excited to have the opportunity to use her nursing skills to service our people in the community

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Frances Pedro

RN, BN, PG Cert & Dip Specialty Care (Pacific Health), MA Professional Practice  (Pacific Health)

Specialty Clinical Nurse

Frances is a Specialty Clinical Nurse for Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing Service. Frances is of Samoan and Tokelauan Decent. She has primarily worked in various positions within the acute clinical nurse setting at Capital Coast District Health Board. She joins us with nearly twenty years nursing years experience working in the Emergency Department and the General Medicine & Cancer Directorate at the Wellington Regional Public Hospital. Supporting, advocating and ensuring equity and access to health information and services for our pacific families and community are key priorities. Frances's key focus is to deliver quality care to open the "spaces" for our Pacific families while working with them to improve their health outcomes.

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Gail Omeri

Business Manager

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