Nau mai, haere mai ngā Kaimahi hou!

by: Caroline Sainty, Kaiawhi Tumuaki (PA to General Manager)

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Returning back to work and service delivery we have welcomed several new kaimahi and NETP nurses to our service across all our sites. Our offices are overflowing with kaimahi, refreshed and ready to deliver our service to whānau. As well as integrating into our organisation several of our kaimahi who have moved themselves and whānau to the area will have the pleasure of finding all the delights our region offers.

At Whakatū we have welcomed Elly van der Zwaag who has located to Nelson from the north island. Elly has vast experience working with tamariki through her time at Plunket as a Community Karitane (parent educator). Elly will be supporting tamariki with their oral health.

Jaimee Hiku has returned to Whakatū having completed her nursing placement in 2018 at our site. This year she returns as a registered nurse on the NETP programme for one year. Jaimee has worked well with the team during her time last year and we are pleased to welcome her back as a qualified nurse.

The Waimeha team welcomed both Brittani Beavis and Grayson Nepia. Brittani has also relocated coming up from Dunedin to enjoy the sunshine in Nelson. Brittani is a registered dietitian and has a huge interest in human nutrition and food service management and comes to us from a health promoter role. Our kaimahi can look forward to better understanding food choices and options and how these work for our body and our health.

Grayson will be the first face seen when the new office is opened in Waimeha. Grayson will be supporting the administration team at Waimeha, meanwhile being the friendly helpful receptionist for those that come into the new office.

Motueka welcomed Kim Tipene from the deep south. Kim’s preference for kaupapa Māori services means we were successful in securing her for our team. Kim is a registered nurse with a specialty in Māori mental health but will be providing maternity cover for the team as a Pūkenga Manaaki.

Wairau have added NETP nurse Hannah Morgan to their team. Hannah is a Blenheim girl so has the advantage of knowing her community well, this will be an asset as she works in the community with our whanau.

There are still several vacancies being recruited particularly in Blenheim. We are looking forward to adding to that team in due course.


Ko Ngongotaha te maunga
Ko Awahoe te awa
Ko Te Arawa te iwi
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Tuwharetoa, Tuhuorangi ōku hapū
Ko Tarimano te marae
Ko Grayson Nepia tōku ingoa

Kia Ora, I’m Grayson. The new receptionist/admin support based in the Waimeha Office alongside the management team.

Born in Rotorua and moved to Whakatū in 2005 with my whānau. I studied at Garin College, and then went on to study a Diploma in Business at NMIT.

In 2016 I continued to study part time and work full time with ASB Bank as a Customer Service officer.

I’ve always had a passion to work alongside our Māori people, to assist in increasing the quality of life, Mana, health and wellbeing of our whānau. I am involved with a few initiatives and groups in the community that have the same values and goals that align with what I am passionate about that I really enjoy being a part of.

I also love to keep up with my fitness and always look to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

 I’m very excited to be a part of the Te Piki Oranga whānau and look forward to working alongside people who share the same values.


Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko Ohau te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti pareraukawa te marae
Ko Beavis tōku matua
Ko McIntyre tōku whaea
Ko Brittani tōku ingoa

Kia ora koutou, my name is Brittani and I’m a registered Te Puna Kai Ora/Dietitian (not to be confused with pirihimana kai/food police) based at Te Piki Oranga Waimeha.

I was born in Palmerston North, raised in Levin, and completed high school in Whanganui. I moved to Ōtepoti, Dunedin in 2012 where I studied a Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition) and a Master of Dietetics. Following this I worked as a Health Promotion Specialist for WellSouth Primary Health Network based in Dunedin.

I’m passionate about kai and supporting whānau to make healthier choices to improve the health of themselves and others around them. I am looking forward to being able to work with the kaimahi at Te Piki Oranga and explore the amazing things food has to offer us.


Ki te taha ō tōku Mama
Ko Tarakeha te maunga
Ko Opepe te awa
Ko Opape te marae
Ko Mātaatua te waka
Ko Ngai Tamahaua te hapū
Ko Whakatōhea te iwi
Ki te taha ō tōku papa
Ko Motatau te maunga
Ko Taikirau te awa
Ko Motatau te marae
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Ngāti Hine me Ngāti Te Tarawa nga hapū
Ko Ngā Puhi te iwi
Ko Kim Tipene tōku ingoa

Kia ora Koutou, I am Kim Tipene a Registered Nurse born in Auckland, raised in Invercargill and recently moved to Nelson. 

I whakapapa to Motatau in the Bay of Islands and Opape in the Bay of Plenty.  In 2017 I graduated from the Southern Institute of Technology with my Bachelor of Nursing.  In 2018 I was employed by the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) as a Case Manager for Te Korowai Hou Ora (Maori mental health team).  Whilst employed by SDHB I completed my new graduate year under the Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice program, completing and achieving my Level 2 Portfolio, RN competent PDRP and obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Mental Health).


Ko Tapuaeouenuku te maunga
Ko Wairau te awa
Nō Waiharakeke au
He nēhi au
Ko Hannah Morgan ahau

Kia Ora, my name is Hannah Morgan. I am a NETP Pūkenga Atawhai with Te Piki Oranga in Wairau. I have recently graduated after studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Massey University in Wellington and I am excited to start my nursing career with Te Piki Oranga.

I have spent most of my life living in Blenheim until moving to Wellington to study for three years and have just moved back home in January. I am looking forward to being back home with my whānau and being able to work within the community I grew up in.

The team at Te Piki Oranga have been very warm and welcoming and I am looking forward to being a part of the Te Piki whānau this year. I am grateful for this opportunity and am excited to see where this area of nursing will take me.


I was born in the Netherlands in a small village called Uithuizen in Onderdendam in the far North. My father wanted a better life for his young family, so we soon moved to Rotterdam a bigger city further South. Shortly after this my family of 4 children which included a little baby were travelling on a cruise ship to the land of “milk and honey” called New Zealand.

Dunedin in the winter did not feel like “milk and honey” and learning to speak English when I was eight filled me trepidation at school.

I did however come to appreciate the magnificent beaches and rugged nature that NZ has to offer and did a lot of exploring around the country.

Like most people living in NZ I eventually decided it was time to do my OE and after travelling for 2 years I ended in the Netherlands again to find and reconnect with my own whānau. It was there that I met and married Frank and I came to love the multitude of flowers and plants that were for sale everywhere you looked. After gaining my Floristry qualifications and work experience, I eventually set up shop for myself for several years.

My next career path led me to do an Art Degree as my aesthetic sense had been nurtured by floristry.

As I always spoke fondly of New Zealand, Frank and I decided to come back to NZ where my one and only daughter Monique was born. She has been a true blessing for me as I also have a real passion for Natural Therapies and shortly after her birth, I studied Homoeopathy and other Natural Therapies to maintain Monique’s health in the most gentle and natural way possible. This passion still lives strong in me today.

Unfortunately, my marriage was not destined to last and when I ventured forth to establish a new life for Monique and myself, I eventually accepted a position at Plunket as a Community Karitane supporting first time parents of various ethnicities in their parenting practise at the Family Centre (a vulnerable baby support centre) on the North Shore of Auckland.

It was fast paced environment with a lot of hands on experience as I would be home visiting vulnerable families and holding group sessions in a large catchment area, so I certainly learned a lot but also loved every minute of it working at the centre for 15 years.

My personal bucket list wish has always to come to Nelson to live, and my passion for Natural therapies, art, and the desire to be productive in any capacity to help one another has become a reality for me now.

 I feel very privileged to be part of Te Piki Oranga as this is the first organisation, I have ever worked together with that truly works as one, incorporating the Māori values in everyday life and enabling me to truly feel at home.

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 Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa
Ko Pūhunga Tohorā te maunga
Ko Waimaa te awa
Ko Ngātokimatawhaoroa te waka
Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi
Ko Ngai tūteauru, ngati hau ngā hapu
Ko Pukerata, Te Piiti ngā marae
E whakatipu ahau ki ōtepoti, kei whakatu toku kainga inainei
Ko Simon Hunt toku hoa tane
Ko Jesse, Ko Sammy aku tamariki
Ko neehi ahau
Ko Jai Hiku toku ingoa

 Originally from Dunedin, Simon and I moved to Nelson in 2008 to be closer to whānau. After a bit of life experience, administrative jobs and having babies I began my journey into nursing at NMIT in 2016. 

It was a privilege to complete my transition placement at TPO Whakatu in 2018 so I am especially pleased to be back here this year as a NETP Pukenga Atawhai. My nursing passion lies in primary health with a focus of holistic care.

I am looking forward to growing as a nurse but also contributing to the team with the skills and knowledge I have gained so far.


 Ko Tuao Wharepapa te Maunga,
Ko Motueka te Awa,
Ko Fifeshire te Waka,
Ko Te Awhina te Marae,
No Motueka ahau, Ko
Debbie Capatina tōku ingoa

I am Debbie, a registered nurse of many years, married to Ciprian (from Romania) with 2 Tamariki, Stefan (13) and Emma-Rose (24, still in the UK).

We have recently returned to my home town Motueka, having spent the last 3 years living and working in London.  Whilst there, I worked initially in Emergency Medicine (my forte) but wanting a better work life balance worked for the last 2 years in private practise. 

With my aging father and Stefan about to start college we decided it was time to return home.  We haven’t looked back!

In my spare time I like to spend time mountain biking with my son, or at the beach to swim or kayak.

I started with Te Piki Oranga, Whakatū, in December.The kaimahi have been both welcoming and supportive. I am looking forward to developing further within my role as a Pūkenga Atawhai. I am blessed to be part of such a great team. Thank you all.


Ko Tū Ao Wharepapa, ko Pukeone, ko Maungatere, ko Maunganui ngā maunga
Ko Motueka, ko Riuwaka, ko Arahura, ko Rakahuri, ko Karoerua ngā awa
Ko Tainui, ko Tokomaru, ko Takitimu, ko Ngātokimatawhaorua, ko Kurahaupōtuatahi, ko Māmari, ko Tinana ngā waka
Ko Ngāti Rārua, ko Te Āti Awa, ko Ngāi Tahu, ko Ngāpuhi nui tonu, ko Te Roroa, ko Te Aupōuri, ko Ngāti Hine ngā iwi
Ko Te Āwhina, ko Onetahua, ko Tuahiwi, ko Te Whakamaharatanga, ko Pakanae, ko Omapere, ko Kokohuia ngā marae
Ko Allanya tōku ingoa
Nō Motueka ahau
Ko Jas Misiepo tāku hoa tāne
Ko Isaiah rāua ko Josiah Walters āku tama
E ki an ate whakatauki: Hurihia to aroaro ki te ra tukuna to atarangi kia taka ki muri i a koe.

Kia ora, my name is Allanya. I was born in Nelson Hospital and was raised in High Street, Motueka with my three older sisters and one older foster brother. Mum and Dad still reside in that whare, and it is the epicentre of our large whānau. Te Āwhina Marae is my tūrangawaewae.

Prior to my employment with Te Piki Oranga I have worked in family social services, mental health support work, and in Legal Aid with Ministry of Justice based at Manukau District Court, Auckland. I have also volunteered with Victim’s Support, Habitat for Humanity, and Red Cross. The past five years I have been engaged in study in counselling skills, social work, and Māori studies. I will continue my studies this year in tikanga Māori, performing arts, and weaving.

I am based at the Waimeha site as Kaitiaki He Tangata - Driving Instructor. Late last year I qualified as an I-Endorsed Driving Instructor through New Zealand Automobile Association (AA), and I am also in the process of qualifying as a Defensive Driving Course Trainer. My role falls under the mantle of the New Zealand Police’s pilot project, He Tangata, which has been implemented to improve the licensing status, driving ability, and road safety of Māori whānau and the wider community. This project is designed to work alongside the Iwi Community Panel, Te Pae Oranga, to address low-level offending for traffic-related offences as an alternative to those charged having to appear in JP Court. A high percentage of the first charges that we see Māori appearing in our Courts for are traffic-related offences. So, the bigger goal of this project is to reduce the likelihood of our people entering the Justice and Corrections system, increasing their chances of securing employment, and the ability to interact socially through access to transportation.   

“Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.”

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.