Nau mai, haere mai ki ngā Kaimahi hou!


We've had another busy quarter and we are happy to welcome all our new kaimahi (staff) profiled below who started across the rohe.

Dave Emerson has joined us at Motueka and has taken up the position of Pukenga Atawhai and Clinical Lead. Dave has extensive background in health, forensic and mental and has already provided valuable input to the organisation from his time at the DHB.

Te Pae Oranga have now welcomed Betty Soane to the team at Waimeha. Betty has come to us from Te Korowai trust where she has managed several contracts over a long period of time. Betty along with Melissa Linton are Kaikawe Kōrero supporting the participants coming through the panels.

Tanya Tauwhare has rejoined us and will be working from the Stoke Library working with rangatahi Monday to Friday. She will also work alongside Sonny on some rangatahi projects.

Congratulations to Blair Carpenter who has accepted a new position with Internal Affairs. We wish Blair all the best and look forward to a continued relationship with him in his new role.


Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko Ruamahanga te awa
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngai Tahu ngā iwi
Ko Ngāti Hamua, Ngāti Tangatakau, Ngāti Hikawera ngā hapu
Ko Papawai, Hurunuiarangi ngā marae
Nō Wairarapa ahau
Ko David Wiremu Emerson tōku ingoa

Kia ora koutou, He mihi atu ki a koutou i roto i te ahuatanga i tēnei wā. I have recently moved to Te Piki Oranga from Nelson Marlborough Health were I worked as the Forensic Care Manager-Māori in the community Mental Health Area.

However my history in health started as a young seventeen year old joining the RNZN as a Medical Assistant. I was fortunate to be trained as a Registered Nurse while I was in the Navy. After nine years in the Navy I left to find a theatre role however I was persuaded by Robert Wilson, well known to some Te Piki Oranga staff (he is the brother of Gloria and Karen), to  join him in the Taharoto Mental Health Unit. This started a career in Mental Health mostly in the Forensic Mental Health area including roles in Mason Clinic, Paremoremo Prison, Manukau and Hamilton courts.

Outside my mahi (work), I am married to Sonia who is a local girl from Ngatimoti, we have two children Bradley aged 12 and Anahera aged 3 which keep us very busy. I really enjoy following my children in their different pursuits particularly sports. I also love coaching the local Wakefield Football team.


Tēnā koutou katoa!
Ko Julie Ulutupu tōku ingoa
No Porirua ahau,
Ngā mihi nunui ki a koutou mo tēnei kowhiringa otirā mo te tūāoma hou e haere ake nei
Tēnā koutou tēnā koutou tēnā tatou katoa

 Talofa lava, My name is Julie and I am based at Te Piki Oranga in Motueka as a Kaimahi-a-Iwi. I stand as a Social Worker and just recently left Work and Income (Nelson) as a Case Manager. I have two children, both boys – Riley (13yrs) and my pepe Lincoln (10yrs). I am an exotic flavour baby but identify as a Samoan descendant.

I am excited to work in this organisation and I look forward to building relationships with other kaimahi and to work as a team.

Furthermore, I look forward to learning/taking in new skills and challenges and will do my best to go above and beyond in delivering respectable, professional and great services to our whānau and the community.

 Fa’afetai tele lava mo lenei avanoa
Ua amata la’u malaga fou i totonu o Te Piki Oranga
Manuia le tatou aso


Mālō e lelei
Tēnā koutou katoa!
Ko Hayley Veatupu ahau.

I am a Year 4 Social Worker student completing my final placement at Te Piki Oranga.  Although I grew up in Nelson I spent almost 12 years living in Christchurch and returned in 2012.  My background is mostly in hospitality and human resources prior to having my son.  I am really passionate about working within the health and education sector and giving back to the Pasifika community I grew up in.   

Big thank you to everyone for looking after me especially my Field Work Educator – Toni Maui.

Looking forward to meeting you all.


Kia ora koutou
Ko Aoraki te maunga
Ko Waimakariri te awa
Ko Tauiwi te iwi
He Pūkenga Atawhai taku mahi
Ko Jo tōku ingoa
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa

Hi, my name is Jo. I am on my second marriage after my first husband passed away over 20 years ago.

I have four adult children, three grandchildren and two step children.

I am a Registered Nurse who has worked at Hillmorton hospital, hospital level rest home care and as a practice nurse in a private medical centre.

I have a special interest in mental health supporting our whanau to improve their life and health outcomes. My practice is underpinned by the Te Whare Tapa Whā Māori model of health: By this I mean that we as a community are all effected by all 4 corners of health spiritual, physical, whānau and wellbeing therefore if we as a community can work to improve each other’s health, the community as a whole, will be stronger.


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 ahau
No Whakatū ahau
Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa.

Hi, my name is Betty Soane and was born and bred here in Whakatū. My parents are Italian, and we lived in the Wood area and grew tomatoes.

I am married to Emani Soane who works in Mental Health Day Programme for the DHB and he is Tokelauan. We have four children who are all adults and spread wide and far. We are expecting our first Moko shortly which is exciting.

I have worked in the social services sector for many years helping whānau within the community to achieve their goals and aspirations.

E ki ana te whakataukī, “Ahakoa he iti he pounamu”.


Ko Tutumapou te maunga
Ko Te Hoiere te awa
Ko Matua Hautere te tangata
Ko Te Hoiere te waka
Ko Kaikaiawaro te kaitiaki
Ko Te Hora te pa
Ko Ngati Kuia te iwi
Ko Melissa Linton ahau
Ko Victoa, Uriah-Hemi ratou ko Jacob aku tama
E ki ana te whakataukī – Kaikaiawarohia to ara!

Kia ora my name is Melissa Linton, I’m one of the new Kaikawe Kōrero for Te Pae Oranga.

My background is in the disability sector, youth justice and homicide victim support, with a degree in Psychology and Criminology. Working on Te Pae Oranga is a dream come true for me. Playing a part in helping people change direction and make their own paths, like my whakataukī says (make your own path like Kaikaiawaro) is where my passion lies. I’m excited to be on this journey!