Nau mai, haere mai ngā Kaimahi hou!


We are happy to welcome all our new kaimahi (staff) profiled below who started or got promoted this quarter across the rohe. We are pleased with the calibre of our kaimahi who will be adding more enthusiasm and expertise to our organisation.

We also welcome back at our Whakatū whare; Stacy Currin-Steer, Kaimahi-a-Iwi (Social Worker) who rejoined us at the end of her maternity leave and Janos Araneta, Pūkenga Atawhai (Community Nurse) who is our first nurse working for us as a casual. We are keen to recruit more casual nurses to ensure any shortfall can be supported from a casual pool.


Ko Ururau te waka
Ko Tutoko te mauka
Ko Makaawhio te awa
Ko Kati Mahaki te hapu
Ko Kai Tahu te iwi
Ko Te Tauraka Waka a Maui te marae
No Taipotini ahau
Ko Ian Davidson tōku tane
Ko Joel raua ko Tuiana oku tamariki

Ko Karen Davidson ahau.
As a young 18-year-old, I left  home and went to Hokitika to start my career in health as a hospital aide. After 1 year I started and completed my enrolled Nurse training in Greymouth, then transferred back to Reefton Hospital to work.

I married and had my children while continuing to work at the Reefton Hospital.

In 1998 I had the opportunity to study  with UCOL to become a Registered Nurse, I graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Nursing.

I have had the privilege since 2000 to work as a Community Whānau Nurse in the Inangahua District, then came up to Whakatū Marae and worked as a Whānau Ora Nurse for 1 year.

In 2010 Ian and I made the decision to cross the ditch and had a 6 month contract with Northern Territory (NT) Government as the Barkly Mobile Nurse, servicing 8 cattle stations 4 days every month.

While in Tennant Creek after being the Barky Mobile Nurse, I held the position as the Continuous Quality Improvement facilitator for Anyinginyi Aboriginal Health Corporation and the NT Government. I had 5 remote aboriginal clinics and 1 large urban facility to support for Audits and Quality improvement.

I was based in the Anyinginyi Health Clinic and become the nurse manager of the Health Centre, it was a large facility with 13 consult rooms and 32 staff with other external services.

Needless to say, my 6 months contract had now extended to 6 years living in the red centre of central Australia supporting aboriginal health.

2016, I had become increasingly homesick for New Zealand and wanted to relocate back to Nelson where 5 of my 7 siblings and my daughter were living.

I was delighted to apply and get a position as Pūkenga Manaaki with Te Piki Oranga, however in the transit back to NZ I was fortunate that a position came up in Motueka as a Pūkenga Atawhai.

Thank you to the team and Lydia for repatriating me back to New Zealand, you're an awesome team to be part of.

I am very exciting to be taking up the position as Pūkenga Kaiwhakahaere at Whakatū and look forward to leading the team.

Manaaki Whenua, Manaaki Tangata Haere whakamua.



Ko Whitireia te maunga
Ko Raukawa to moana
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngāti Toa te Iwi
Ko Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Tama me Ngāti Rarua nga Iwi.

Tēnā koutou katoa, my name is Karina Hippolite and I’m the new Oral Health Promoter for Te Piki Oranga. I have been a Dental Assistant for many years working with school dental, community dental for Ora Toa in Porirua. Looking forward to meeting with you all.



Ko Puhungatohoro te maunga
Ko Omapere te Roto
Ko ngā Tokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Ngāpuhi te Iwi
Ko Ngati Tautahi te hapu
Ko Okorihi te Marae
No Tai Tokorau ahau.

Ko Marissa Scott tōku ingoa.

Kia Ora Koutou!

I have lived in Whakatū and Waimeha most of my life.I completed my bachelor of nursing 12 years ago, and over the years I have gained experience in many different areas nursing. Last year I lived in Australia where I worked as a Primary District Nurse and although I enjoyed my job and loved meeting many diverse cultures I felt so disconnected and far away from my own and so here I am at Te Piki Oranga and what an awesome team to be part of!!

Having had 3 tamariki with the youngest being 18, I am taking a journey of self-discovery and I’m looking forward to the many challenges I will face as I learn more Tikanga Māori.

One thing is certain for me and that is when I’m with whānau, I feel connected and grounded and I can work not only with the knowledge I’ve gained over the years but wholeheartedly from my heart.


Mate ngakau aroha koe e aarahi
— Let a loving heart guide your decisions.

Ko Carter Stormann tōku ingoa.

Greetings! My name is Carter Stormann. I am a new Pūkenga Atawhai in Whakatū. I am originally from the United States but recently became a proud NZ citizen. I have spent the last 7 years as a practice nurse in Nelson and am very happy to have made the shift to community nursing as this is where my heart has always been. I am currently studying a Masters of Nursing at Massey University with the goal of gaining registration as a Nurse Practitioner.

I look forward to new opportunities to engage with whanau and grow as a practitioner.


Tēnā koutou katoa!

Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Wiapu te awa
Ko Ngati Porou te iwi
Ko Ohine Wiapu te Marae
Ko Ricky Carr ahau.

I am of Ngāti Porou descent and I currently reside in Clyde, Central Otago. I have a lifestyle block in Galloway carrying sixty sheep and seven beef cattle. My partner and I have a blended family of five adult children spread throughout Aotearoa, Australia and the United States. I have travelled extensively through Europe, UK, Japan, USA, the Pacific and Australia. I particularly enjoy fly fishing, golf, basketball and cooking.

I have experience in community health, social and education services in New Zealand over the last 20 years. I have worked in the funding and planning sectors in health and social services and have been leading primary health and social services for rural Māori in the Central Lakes district providing whanau ora, mauri ora services and mobile primary health clinics across the district at remote locations. I am a former member of the Southern District Health Board Māori Management Advisory group.

I have had direct involvement with the development of Te Putahitanga Whanau Ora commissioning agency based in Christchurch.

Good relationships are critical to the success of all human endeavours. It is my understanding that great relationships are an essential building block for any organisation to provide exceptional services, to develop a culture of a supportive infrastructure that empowers kaimahi to function at their optimum.