Nau mai, haere mai! Ngā Kaimahi hou

By: Caroline Sainty, Kaiawhi Tumuaki me ngā Poari (PA General Manager & Board)

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We are pleased to have finally secured an additional experienced Addictions & Drugs Clinician and Counsellor for our Whakatū team. Recruiting to a smaller city can often be difficult and when we want to get the right person with the necessary qualifications we sometimes have to wait longer than we would like. All the way from Rotorua Rameka Te Rahui has left a residential AoD Counselling service and has joined us. His vast experience will be invaluable for our team.

Thank you to the AoD team at Whakatū who have continued to provide an excellent service while they were waiting for their new colleague.

We were successful in a funding bid to the Ministry of Health (MoH) Innovation Fund who are funding our Tūhono pilot for three years. The project aims to support vulnerable hāpu mothers, newborns and their wider whānau. We are currently advertising on SEEK to recruit kaimahi who are passionate about achieving positive outcomes for these whānau. Read more about this project on page 24.

We are currently advertising for an additional Pūkenga Atawhai for our Wairau team to enhance the nursing team. This will be a welcome addition to a very busy team.

Sheridan Duncan who took maternity leave has decided to stay with her pēpi and not return to Te Piki Oranga. Her permanent replacement has been appointed in this quarter and we wish Sheridan all the best in raising her bouncy boy Levy.

We received a resignation notice from Amber Ford who is taking the opportunity to travel overseas. Amber's last day was 28 March to venture out and we wish her all the very best. I know Motueka team will miss her mahi and passion for whānau.

We wished Robyn Cliff, CAMHS Clinician farewell last 19 June who is moving to Christchurch to begin a role with the Canterbury DHB. Robyn has been with the organisation from start-up and has worked with so many young people and families with some outstanding successes over the years. We will miss her energetic and cheerful disposition and wish her and James all the very best for their new ventures in Canterbury.

Hei kona!


Ko wai ra, ko wai ra? e tangata tuturu
Kahore koa
Ko hau
Ko Nuiho
Ko Nuake
Ko Manu
Ko Weka
Ko Toroa
Ko te Tahinga o te ra
Tenei te maro ka hurua
Huruhurunui no manu
Huruhurunui no weka
Ka tutapori atu
Ka Tutapori mai
Wero noa, wero noa a tama tana rakau whakaiaia
Ko te rakau tu mai ka niwha
Ko te rakau tu kai taua
Ko te tau whe-nuku
Ko te tau mai whe-rangi
Ko te taka mai ki waho
Hara mai te toki o
Haumi e
Hui e
Taiki e!

Ki hea, ki hea, ki tai parirau ki uta ki te tihi o Maungapohatu
I eke nei nga toto o aku tipuna ki roto te awa Tauranga
Puta noa te manuka tutahi ki te moananui-a-kiwa;
Mai I na kuri a wharei ki tihirau
Mai Maketu ki Tongariro e ko Mataatua taku Waka
Ko Ngai Tamatuhirae, Ngai Tamaruarangi, Ngai Tama Haua ngā hapu
Ko Matahi tōku marae
Ko Ngai Tuhoe Te Iwi

Tēna koutou, Tēna koutou, tēna koutou katoa.

Kia ora. I’m Rameka Te Rahui the new AoD Counsellor of Te Piki Oranga.

I have worked in Family Violence focusing on working with Māori men since the early 1980’s. I have worked in Special Education, Residential School, Hamilton Girls as Cultural Coordinator for both Hamilton Girls and Boys homes.

A previous member of Men’s Action Network in Hamilton where I was part of establishing Tetekura-a-Tane Māori Men’s Non-Violence Rōpu; Kirikirioa Marae. I was the Regional Men’s Violence Network Central North Island, and National Maori Men’s Representative on Te Runanga Tane in Wellington and an advisor and supported the development of Hamilton Abuse Intervention Pilot Project (HAIPP) mid 1980’s.

I was lured into Alcohol and Drug work at Ruakiwi Road Hamilton a joint venture between Presbyterian Church and Waikato Health Board now Waikato Health and I pioneered the Māori Unit of Ruakiwi House. I moved back to Eastbay Health Whakatane in 1990 to assist in developing the AoD Services for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. I worked with Whakatohea Maori Trust Board to develop an AoD Service in Opotiki and managed this service for over 9 years.

I became a director of a private consultant firm Paetanga Practice Consultant Ltd and Te Roi O Heitiki Ltd counselling services carrying out Child Youth and Families Oranga Tamariki contracts for young children and families.

I worked for nine years as The National Advisor with Te Komiti Whakahaere Oranga Tamariki, and the Social Welfare National Office in Wellington.

I became a member of Paraire Huata’s team providing Tikanga Wananga across Aotearoa for Te Ngaru Learning Systems.

I spent time at Te Hononga Presbyterian Northern as a cultural Supervisor Trainer advisor and Te Atea Marion Kaupapa Maori AoD Service Waitemata Health including cultural supervisory mahi across Te Atea Marino.

Returned briefly to Te Urewera to assist John Rangihau Senior with Puao Te-Ata-Tu “the day break Report” and Child Risk management among Tuhoe, Ruatahuna and Maungapohatu.

Took on a manager role at the same time with Pouwhakaro Alcohol, Drug and Disability Services based in Kawerau. Followed on to a Family Violence Coordinator/Trainer role, Whakatane, Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo DHB Screening of woman and children for family violence.

I became a Clinical Supervisor for Te Utuhina Manaakitanga and clinical Team Leader.

Other roles included:

  1. Chairman to the Kohanga Reo at Omarumutu Opotiki and Whakatane

  2. School Board of Trustees Opotiki College

  3. Trustee Kura Kaupapa Maori Waioeka

  4. Relief Cook CYF Residential Services

  5. CFY Panel Whakatane

  6. EEO Department SW Head Office Wellington

I look forward to working closely with you as part of the Te Piki Oranga Māori Wellness team!


Ko Tongariro te maunga
Ko Tarawera te awa
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngati Tuwharetoa te iwi
Ko Reporoa te marae
Ko Mataarae te wharenui

Ko Tina Fortune tōku ingoa

Kia ora koutou, I am Tina, part-time Receptionist/Administration support for the Whakatū team.

Born in Taupo, schooled in Nelson with an appetite for travel, adventure and learning. My continuous OE ended when my husband and I left London, returning to NZ to settle in Blenheim to start a family. During our 12 year stay in Blenheim, I enjoyed being involved in establishing and managing various new business projects; the first ‘non-smoking – breastfeeding friendly’ café, Marlborough Farmers’ Market, Marlborough Community Gardens, first Coffee Roaster and Espresso Café and the Schools RideOn Cycling Programme. My last project being with Sport Tasman in the role of CommunityHubs Coordinator before our family of four packed into a motorhome and travelled the NZ roads with our Schools Kids Can Cook Kitchen programme for 18 months, finally landing in Nelson 4 years ago.

Since being in Nelson, I have been with NMDHB as a permanent reliever for Administrators/Receptionists before moving onto NMIT as an International and Domestic coordinator with the Information and Enrolments Team. While at NMIT, I began my journey of learning Te Reo Māori, discovering my whakapapa with a desire to return into a health and wellbeing community focused role where I could continue to develop my personal journey and contribute.

I feel very honoured to be a member of Te Piki Oranga team and absolutely love the passionate caring team I am surrounded by who have made me feel very welcome. I am looking forward to supporting our teams’ capability to enable kaimahi to be the best they can be in their everyday, as they do their wonderful work with whānau.


Ko Durban, South Africa ahau
Ko Whitfield tōku whānau

Ko Carol Whitfield tōku ingoa

Kia Ora, my name is Carol Whitfield, I’m a Registered Nurse. I was born in South Africa, but our family moved to New Zealand when I was 4 so I went to school and grew up in Auckland. I trained as a nurse at Green Lane Hospital after leaving school and worked in the Cardiac Unit there for many years.

I’m married to Neil and I have a son called Max and they are both living here in Nelson with me. We have been living and working in Australia for the last 20 years and have now returned to New Zealand to live. I have recently worked in Sydney and in rural Australia as a Cardiac Nurse Practitioner working in the community to keep people with chronic health conditions out of hospital and well at home.

I’m looking forward to working with the Te Piki Oranga whānau and very happy to be back home.


Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

Ko Tongariro te maunga
Ko Taupō-nui-a -tia te moana
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Te Heuheu te tangata
Ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa te Iwi
Ko Ngāti Manunui te hapu
Ko Pūkawa te marae
Ko Alby Keepa rāua ko Cathy Takiwa ōku mātua
Ko Murray Campion tōku hoa rangatira
Ko Nikau rātou ko Ezra, ko Shael āku tamariki

Ko Ngareta Campion ahau

Born in Taumarunui, raised in Whakatū for most of my life. Married to Muzz for 20 years and proud māmā to Nikau (17), Ezra (16) and Shael (13). I love living and being close to the sea and try to prioritise daily morning walks on the beach with our loved boxer dog, Nova. Our whānau lead a busy, active lifestyle and faith, whānau, health and fitness are important aspects of my overall well-being.

Over the years I have completed a Diploma in Social Work (through NMIT) and a Bachelor in Applied Social Sciences (through WINTEC). I have spent the last ten years in a social work role with Family Start and although I loved it, I knew it was time for a change. I’m excited to be working within a kaupapa Māori service and am really enjoying getting to know all the Te Piki Oranga kaimahi and whānau. I am based in Whakatū on Mondays and Motueka on Tues-Thurs.


Tēna koutou e te whanau

Ko Falto te maunga
Ko Arno te awa
Ko Giovanni te waka
Ko Gargiulo te tangata
Ko Campania te iwi
Ko Sorrento te hapu
Ko Italia te turangawaewae
Ko Betty Soane tōku māmā
Ko Emani Soane tōku pāpā
Ko Sam, ko John, ko Nic ōku tungāne
Ko Rebecca tōku taokete
Ko Mia taku irāmutu

Ko Marianna (Muzz) Gargiulo ahau

Kia Ora, I’m Marianna or Muzz, I’m based in Motueka Te Piki Oranga Office as a Pūkenga Manaaki. I’m born and breed in Nelson. When I’m not working you can find me down at Victory Boxing training the girls group aged between 8-18yr old, I’ve been lucky to be involved in this for 4 and a half years. I’ve recently just started with St. John’s on the Ambulance and you will see me on there in the weekends.


Kia ora koutou
Ko Maungatapu te maunga
Ko Mahitahi te Awa
Ko Aorere te Moana
Ko Robertson te ingoa whanau
Ko Meg tōku ingoa
Ko te Pou Whirinaki Hinengaro tōku mahi

I have worked as a mental health nurse for 12 years. I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, community crisis assessment, as a research nurse for Otago university’s school of psychological medicine and most recently as a coordinator for the Wairau primary health organisation.

In 2016 I completed a Masters of Clinical Nursing and graduated as a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners have a broader scope of practice which includes ordering diagnostic tests, prescribing etc. Nurse practitioners are relatively new in Aotearoa.

I grew up in Whakatū and Kaiteriteri. I have lived briefly in other parts of Aotearoa and for one year in Italy on a student exchange. Now I live in Stoke with my husband and tamariki. My son Vinny is 11 and my daughter Sam is 9. I love being a Mum. We are surrounded by extended whānau so are very lucky.

My husband and I have some shared interests, we love scuba diving and have just started teaching Vinny. We also play Ultimate Frisbee most weeks. As a family we are keen swimmers and we all love cooking and kai. I enjoy coaching the kids sports teams and walking with my new puppy but reading is my favourite hobby.

I’m really excited to be able to come and work with Te Piki Oranga. Thank you for the warm welcome and awhi.


Kātahi ra ka tīonioni te karoro mārohirohi ki te Maunga tapu ō Mātiti ka tiu, ka ārohirohi ki te Awa o Waioweka e haumako ana ki ngā uri o Waioweka Pā, Ngati Ira te Hapū, ā ka tauhōkai tonu te rere, ka hangai tonu atu tāna titiro ki te pae tapu ō Maungarangi e kaha hoki ana tōna tū ki te taha o te Awa Otara, e kopikopiko ana, ka tu maioha te Pā o Terere, Ko te Iringa te Tipuna, Ko Ngati Ngahere te Hapū, Ko Te Whakatohea ki runga, Ko Te whakatohea ki raro, ko Te Whakatohea ko Au, Haumie! Huieee! Taikiii Eee!!

Ko Pera tōku ingoa, he Pūkenga Manaaki, CAMHS.

My partner and I and our two tamariki return home from an overseas experience with a passion for the kiwi life and we appreciate all that this beautiful whenua provides for us! I am a gym/fitness junkie and I believe in the powers of korikori tinana in which ever way you can, just move that tinana and feed it the right fuel to keep it moving!

I return into a kaupapa Māori health position after being in primary education, I am passionate about te ao Māori, and I endeavour to connect our whānau with te ao Māori as a parallel to their hauora and finding that balance with te whare tapa wha on their journey in te ao hurihuri.

Kia tau ngā manaakitanga kei runga i ā tātou katoa!


Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Waitohi te awa
Ko Raukawa te moana
Ko Tokomaru te waka
Ko Te Atiawa, Ngai Tahu ngā iwi
Ko Waikawa te marae
Ko Arapaoa te whare tipuna
Ko Love rawa
Ko Thomas nga īngoa whānau
Ko Lisa Marfell ahau

Kia Ora, my name is Lisa Marfell and I am a Pūkenga Manaaki/Whānau Navigator for the Wairau office.

I have previously been employed in a diverse range of senior roles i.e. property management, fleet management, trust accounting and office management etc, with these predominantly being customer service focused.

I was born in Marlborough where I met my husband and we raised our son and daughter. In 2008 my husband and I made the decision to move to Brisbane for a change of lifestyle and to spend quality time with our son. After almost 10 years living in Australia, we made the decision to return to Blenheim in February 2018 to be near our daughter with the impending arrival of our first grandchild.

I am passionate about providing a superior level of customer service to my clients and thankful for the opportunity to support our clients in the community and my work colleagues in their roles.

“In Pursuit of Excellence”


Kia ora. My name is Janelle and I have started in the Blenheim Te Piki Oranga branch as a nurse.

I grew up in Nelson but have spent the last 23 years nursing in remote Indigenous communities in Australia. I specialised in Public Health and Men’s and Women’s Health. It has been a great privilege to work in remote communities, I have learnt from many dynamic community leaders and have developed a strong commitment to empowering communities to address priority health issues. My family and I lived in Fiji before moving to Blenheim. We enjoyed spending time with our extended family, fishing, planting and keeping life simple. Blenheim has been a big change especially our first winter, but we all agree it has been

a great move.

I am excited to be part of the Te Piki Oranga team and look forward to working with whānau and communities.