Nau mai, haere mai ki ngā Kaimahi hou!

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By: Caroline Sainty, Kaiawhi Tumuaki/PA to General Manager

Our workforce development as always has been busy as we continue to grow our organisation following one of our goals in the Strategic Plan.

We have successfully recruited a few new nurses for the Wairau team as featured below. Whilst we welcome some, we did have to say farewell to Ayla Legg, Pūkenga Atawhai/Nurse in Wairau to return to her family in the deep south. Ayla joined Te Piki Oranga as a NETP nurse and has been a great contributor to Wairau team. Her enthusiasm and energy will be missed.

Over at Whakatū/Nelson, we farewelled Karina Hippolite our Oral Health Navigator as she returns to look after family who have health problems.

We also farewelled Sheridan Duncan, Pūkenga Manaaki/Navigator in Motueka as she takes her maternity leave. Check on the He Pēpi article as we welcome her new baby. We look forward to her return to work next year.

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Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Endeavour te waka
Ko Pukekaraka te marae
Ko Ngāti Pākehā te iwi

Ko Alivia tōku ingoa

Kia ora, I’m Alivia. I’m a registered counsellor based at Te Piki Oranga Wairau as an AOD Clinician.

I was born in the Waikato, raised in Taranaki and studied in Wellington. I’m half Dutch, the third of six siblings, and a recent homeowner in Blenheim.

I have a range of experience from working in a Psychiatric ward in the Philippines, to an international school in Kuwait.

For the last year I have been practising as an AOD clinician at NMDHB, my interest in holistic care and Maori health and well-being has prompted my exciting move to Te Piki Oranga.


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Ko Tapuae-o-Uenuku tōku maunga
Ko Wairau tōku awa
Ko Kurahaupo tōku waka
Ko Rangitane o Wairau, Ngati Apa ki te Ra To, Ngati Kuia, me Ngai Tahu oku iwi
Ko Omaka tōku Marae
Ko Donald tōku matua
Ko Rozmund tōku mama
Ko Jessica tōku ingoa

Born and raised in the Wairau, Andrew and I moved to Auckland in 2001 where I studied and completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) degree at Auckland University of Technology in 2003.  Following my registration, I worked as a registered nurse at Auckland City hospital in General Medicine and General Surgical Wards.  I also studied at Auckland University whilst working and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science.  In 2006 we moved to Upper Hutt and I started work as a District Nurse for the Hutt Valley District Health Board, and after four years of district nursing I applied for and became an Associate Clinical Nurse Manager for District Nursing, where I managed a team of district nurses working in Upper Hutt.

After taking some time away from work to start a family, we moved back home to Wairau in 2016 to be closer to whānau. 

Married to Andrew, we have two tamariki aged 6yrs and 4yrs. I enjoy spending time with whānau and being outdoors.

Having only been at Te Piki Oranga as a Pūkenga Atawhai for a week, all the kaimahi I have met have been so welcoming.  They have made me feel part of the Te Piki whānau and I am really happy to be part of the team and working with everyone.

I am passionate about delivering quality care, supporting people where needed, and empowering people through education to help them self manage.

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
— What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.