A Win for Koroua and Kuia

by Anne Hobby, Tumuaki (General Manager)


Kia whakahaumanu ngā kaumatua, a ka haere whakamua

When Te Piki Oranga established in 2014, kaumatua across the rohe expressed concern about the loss of funding for kaumatua services. The Nelson Marlborough DHB at that time made it clear that no funding for Kaumatua activities was being passed to Te Piki Oranga. Kaumatua took matters into their own hands and established groups in Wairau and Motueka to continue the whanaungatanga that is so important to them. They raised their own money to fund their activities. What a wonderful example of leadership these rōpu have displayed for our communities. At the same time they have continued to lobby Te Piki Oranga and DHB for support services and have been heard.


As a result, we are about to embark on a one year contract to provide koroua and kuia early intervention services. This takes the form of a part time Pūkenga Manaaki (navigator) in Motueka, Whakatu and Wairau to work alongside Koroua, Kuia and their whānau to ensure that they are accessing the health services and information that they need. We know that many of our kaumātua do not receive the Needs Assessment (NASC) from Disability Support Services that is key to receiving services like home help, handrails or respite care. There is also some funding for a day activities programme one day a week.


Te Piki Oranga wants to meet with Koroua and Kuia to hear what you want and how we can support what you are already doing. We invite you to attend a hui in each area in the near future - so look out for this.

Got a cough?

By Alice Chisnall-Kalouniviti, Health Promoter & Nurse Educator (Pūkenga Mātauranga Whakapakari)

There’s usually a bit of coughing and spluttering at this time of year, but you might have noticed more people than usual getting sick. Over 300 whānau in the Nelson Marlborough region have come down with whooping cough in the last few months. A huge number - many of whom are Māori and Pasifika.

What is whooping cough (Pertussis)?

Whooping cough is a bacterial respiratory (breathing) illness that’s spread through saliva (spit) and mucous (snot) – for example when people cough and sneeze and don’t cover their mouths. At first there’s usually a sore throat. Within a day or so a mild, dry, ordinary cough develops. At this stage you may feel a bit māuiui (unwell), have a high temperature (fever), and a runny nose. The cough may produce some sputum (phlegm) - and over time a severe cough can develop and last for weeks or even months.  The cough has a distinctive whooping sound in pepe (babies). It has a 6 day incubation period – this means whānau may not have symptoms until 6 days after exposure.


What is the chance that our tamariki will get whooping cough?

Sharing bottles and food can help spread it, so tamariki should make sure to use their own plates and cups if anyone in the whare is sick. Whooping Cough can survive outside of the human body for up to 6 days, so get all whānau to keep their hands clean, and throw away used tissues.

While the risk of getting whooping cough is usually low, every year there are very small outbreaks here in Te Tau Ihu and across Aotearoa, with a big outbreak every 3 to 5 years.  According to Public Health, this current outbreak of whooping cough is the worst the country has seen in a while.

How serious is whooping cough?

For the average healthy Kiwi, whooping cough usually results in a severe cough that lasts an average of 6 weeks with little or no complications, but may result in many sleepless nights for the entire whānau. The biggest concern is for pepe (babies); more than half of pepe under 1 year of age who contract whooping cough require a hospital stay, usually because they need respiratory (breathing) support. Pepe under 3 months who are not breastfed and/or with older siblings in school are the greatest concern; the risk of exposure increases, their immune system and lungs are not strong, they do not have any antibodies from breast milk, and the first dose of the DTaP vaccine would provide very little coverage.

Rose Rangiwai & daughter 8-week old Trina Lee who had whooping cough in December

Rose Rangiwai & daughter 8-week old Trina Lee who had whooping cough in December

Testing for whooping cough

Testing is typically only done in patients who are experiencing signs and symptoms of whooping cough. Testing is done through a deep nasal swab during the first 3 weeks of illness. Not everyone with whooping cough will get tested, so whānau we know who’ve had it, may only be the tip of the iceberg.

Treatment of whooping cough

Usually staying at home with a hot drink and some sugar-free lollies or lozenges is the best treatment. Antibiotics may help if given in the first few weeks of illness. Sometimes the GP will give antibiotics to stop it from spreading to other whānau.  Sadly, for some pepe who end up with Whooping Cough, it will mean a visit to the children’s ward at the hospital, because it’s always very serious when tamariki catch it.


How to stop whānau from getting whooping cough

Your best protection from whooping cough is a vaccination with Boostrix, which you can get from your Practice Nurse. Tamariki get regular immunisations during childhood, but it’s important these are up-to-date to provide protection. Adults should have a “booster” Boostrix shot every 5 years.

If you’ve chosen not to vaccinate your children, our TPO Tamariki Ora nurses can visit you at home and have a korero about immunisation and your options. We’d love to tautoko you to reconsider immunisation, and to reassure you that vaccines are safe and effective.

Whānau with a cough which does not go away, should avoid contact with babies and young children, and get advice from their Tamariki Ora nurse 0800 672 642 or from Healthline 0800 611 116. 

Working in partnership to provide health checks a success

by Lydia Mains, Pūkenga Kaiwhakahaere (Site Manager-Motueka) / Pepe Tamariki Pou Tāngata (Service Champion - Mothers and Young Children)

A new initiative in primary industries has been rolled out by the Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) to offer health checks for a selected group. 

Te Piki Oranga Motueka and Te Waka Hauora have been working in partnership to provide health checks at Golden Bay Fruit for 33 staff members. Majority were vulnerable whānau. Miraka Norgate provided health promotion and Sonia Hepi-Treanor offered smoking cessation, Lorraine Staunton and Claire McKenzie were tasked with registrations while Gaynor Rikihana, Karen Davidson and Brenda McQuillan took blood tests. Our newly appointed NetP nurse Amber Ford and myself took blood pressure, weight and height to calculate BMI on day one. After all information was collated we returned to discuss results, any referrals and health outcomes.

This was a very full and productive 2 days and we received lots of positive feedback from all parties involved that couldn't believe such clinical checks were being delivered onsite. I commend the work of the team and thoroughly enjoyed working with a highly competent level of health professionals. Well done!

From left: Karen Davidson, Amber Ford, Claire McKenzie, Brenda McQuillan, Lydia Mains, Lorraine Staunton, Miraka Norgate and Gaynor Rikihana

From left: Karen Davidson, Amber Ford, Claire McKenzie, Brenda McQuillan, Lydia Mains, Lorraine Staunton, Miraka Norgate and Gaynor Rikihana

Fun and Laughter for positive mental health

by Robyn Cliff, Pūkenga Hauora Hinengaro o ngā Tamariki me Rangatahi (Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician)

It had been a long tough year for some of the clients of the Wairau CAMHS team. So, we decided to join up with the Maataa Waka Youth service to have a Christmas party at Pollard Park.  The focus of the event was to allow the youth to chill out and have some fun and laughter, which supports positive mental health.

Healthy food was provided via platters that were delivered to Pollard Park so we did not have to worry about what was for lunch.

The games master was TPO kaimahi John Hart, who got the ball games going with the group. One of the dads got involved and had a run around with his son in the soccer game which was fantastic to see. 

We even got the teenage girls involved, who initially were more interested in swinging on the swings. However, they got into the game and reported having fun. 

At the end of the party, we handed out bubble toys and stressed balls to our clients as a bit of fun, and to support stress/anxiety management.

Wairau CAMHS services wishes to say thank you to the Tamariki, Rangatahi and their parents for engaging with our service and supporting the mental health needs of their mokopuna. 

Any door is the right door

by Brenda McQuillan, Pūkenga Manaaki (Whānau Navigator - Mental Health)

Brenda McQuillan with Dr. Lance O'Sullivan at the International Gambling Conference 2018 in Auckland

Brenda McQuillan with Dr. Lance O'Sullivan at the International Gambling Conference 2018 in Auckland

I attended the International Gambling Conference 2018 in Auckland a couple of weeks ago.  The theme of the conference was ‘Flipping the iceberg on gambling harm, mental health and co-existing issues’.  The theme was chosen to reflect the complexities of gambling harm with the iceberg analogy used to portray how important it is to look at "what lies below the surface, as well as what is presented on top".  Gambling harm rarely occurs in isolation.  Rather, one of the key features of gambling problems is co-morbidity with a range of harmful behaviours, environmental or situational factors, or poor mental health such as depression. 

As a former problem gambler, I can attest to the truth of this.  I suffered from depression, I gambled as a form of self-medication, the harm my gambling caused made me more depressed, I gambled more and so a downward spiral began.  What saved me was counseling and self-exclusion. 

I have been a problem gambling consumer advisor for 14 years, a member of various DIA and MOH ministerial advisory committees, and taken part in drafting MOH strategic plans around problem gambling harm minimisation and prevention.

I am passionate about reducing the harm caused by pokie machines in our communities. Māori and Pasifika are grossly over-represented in problem gambling harm statistics.

Attending the conference gave me the opportunity to bring myself up to date with current research and treatment programmes. 

Dr Lance O’Sullivan was one of the keynote speakers and he spoke about ‘Pokies and Poverty, why you can’t address one without tackling the other’.  His speech was moving and personal, he spoke of the gambling harms he had witnessed first-hand.

I also moderated a ‘Lived Experience Panel’.  This panel was made up of three brave problem gamblers who told their stories openly and honestly. One wahine from Tauranga was especially affecting.  She talked about how when she first sought help with her problem gambling the first counselor/clinician she saw said, after she had opened up to them, “you have a lot going on, don’t you?”  That sounds like a pretty innocuous statement but sadly this wahine heard, “you’re way too hard to fix”, so she left feeling more lost and isolated.  She stated she was more than her diagnosis, more than ‘just’ a problem gambler and when she found the right counselor/clinician that recognised this with her, she began her journey back to wellness.  I have moderated these panels before and they never fail to touch me.

Although we do not have problem gambling contract, as a health provider I think we can keep problem gambling as an issue for our whānau in our minds.  As the title of my piece says, ‘any door is the right door’.  It is important to identify the right referral pathway, not the treatment.

I facilitate a Problem Gambling Support Group that meets every second Wednesday at 7.00 pm at The Male Room, 28 St Vincent Street, Nelson.

He Aha Te Taake

by Sonny Alesana, Te Pou Taki (Cultural Advisor) / Rangatahi Pou Tangata (Service Champion - Youth)


He Aha Te Taake is a model that explores the notion that Māori Rangatiratanga (Leadership) has a special part to play when service providers work with whānau to find solutions for their wellbeing.

Understanding and integration of whānau leadership and principles are based on Te Puna (source).

The model has three phases that whānau will navigate.

The first is "Taake" (issue)

Identifying the taake will conjure up emotions for whānau, there will be arguments and tears. These feelings are important to finding pathways for the whānau to move forward. This step is the hardest part for the whānau but it’s a necessary step for all involved to ensure they have input before moving to the moemoea.    

The second is “Moemoea” (aspirations)

Whānau will identify their aspirations, goals, and dreams.

The third is “Huarahi’ (pathway)

This is where the kaimahi and the whānau will work on a plan or pathway to support the whānau to achieve their moemoea.

Tikanga a mate

by Ratapu Hippolite, Kaiwhakahaere Kaipakihi (Business Support Manager)

Last December 14, 2017 at our training day on Te Hora Marae in Te Rupe o Rua Paka, we were fortunate to have two poari (board) whānau attend being our hea mana (Chairperson) Jane duFeu and poari mema (board member) Kereopa Rātapu. Our pōwhiri included a hari mate (below) and we had kaimahi bring photos of their deceased whānau on with them.

Kereopa Rātapu, Poari mema

Kereopa Rātapu, Poari mema

This enabled our Rangatira and poari mema Kereopa Rātapu to deliver a korero on tikanga a mate (Process of passing on) and explained to Te Piki Oranga kaimahi the difference between the following:

Kawe mate

A mourning ceremony when memories of a deceased whanau are returned to their whānau marae related directly to the passed loved one who has been buried away from their whānau marae. Their photo and memories are given full tangi rites of ceremony and their photo will remain in their whare tipuna or wharepuni.

Hari mate

A mourning ceremony similar to a kawe mate, except the memories of deceased are  performed on a Marae not belonging or connected by whakapapa to the deceased. The full rites of tangihanga ceremony are acknowledged on behalf of the community or Marae of the loved one who has passed. A photo is not presented or acknowledged on this Marae.

Whānau pani

Bereaved relatives of deceased, pani is to be orphaned, whānau pani is a family or relatives that have been orphaned by the deceased. The bereaved do not have living parents or grandparents to provide parental status over the bereaved living members and therefore come under the mantle of orphaned family; whānau pani.

Whānau kirimate

Bereaved relatives of deceased who have a parent(s) or grandparent(s) still alive to oversee the bereaved family. They are therefore applying the custom of immediate relatives of the deceased that are under the living guidance of the parents or grandparents. The bereaved preside in the state of mourners only and are not classed or referred to as whānau pani.


by Lindi Rule, Quality Kaiwhakahaere (Quality Manager)


Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairarapa toku iwi, Ko Tumapuhia Arangi toku hapu, Ko Te Ore Ore toku marae, Ko Takitimu toku waka, Ko Te Maipi toku maunga, Ko Kawhata toku awa, Ko Okautete toku turangawaewae.                           

Ko Lindi Rule ahau, Ko Te Waiharakeke toku kainga tuturu, Kei konei tonu au e noho ana, Ko Quality Kaiwhakahaere taku mahi o Te Piki Oranga.

I have been with Te Piki Oranga since before its opening in July 2014. I was seconded from Maataa Waka Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust to help Anne Hobby with establishment of HR records. My role was Kaiawhi Tumuaki which involved all administrative tasks/ Board/Tumuaki support/HR processes/Financial data entry. 

As of 1 March, I will change to the full-time role of Quality Kaiwhakahaere.  The key areas of this role include Quality, Health and Safety and Risk Management. My first project is to attain accreditation using the DAA Group’s Evaluation and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP).

What is accreditation?

Healthcare accreditation is an external review of the quality of care and services. It is “an internationally recognised evaluation process used to assess and improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare organisations; it is also a way to publicly recognise that a healthcare organisation has met national quality standards.

EQuIP6 is structured in a hierarchy, as follows:

1. Function: A function is a group of standards.
2. Standard: The standard describes the overall goal; for example, Standard 1.1, Consumers / patients are provided with safe, high quality care throughout the care delivery process.
3. Criteria: The criteria describe key components of the goal, which are necessary for meeting the goal; for example, Criterion 1.1.1, Assessment ensures current and ongoing needs of the consumer / patient are identified.
4. Elements: For each criterion, there is a series of elements which explains the criterion:

  • describes some important practices for each level of achievement
  • should not limit practices; organisations are encouraged to undertake and present additional activities that respond to the criterion statement
  • should be regarded as a framework for total quality rather than a checklist of compliance
  • provides direction for improvement activities and for achieving better practice.
    Each element identifies what should be in place to at least fulfil the requirements of the criterion at a certain rating level.

5. Guidelines: The guidelines give definitions and provide more information and guidance on demonstrating achievement against the standards at the criterion level.

EQuIP6 has 3 functions, 13 standards, and 47 criteria. Each of the 47 EQuIP6 criteria has five possible levels of achievement: Little Achievement (LA), Some Achievement (SA), Marked Achievement (MA), Extensive Achievement (EA) and Outstanding Achievement (OA).

EQuIP accreditation cycle

Accreditation against the EQuIP standards requires organisations to participate in a four-year cycle of events, with one activity to be completed during each year of the cycle.

Phase 1 - Self assessment - New members provide a self-assessment against all criteria. Existing members  provide progress on action taken towards addressing the recommendations from the previous survey. Members submit their register of key organisational risks (risk register). Members submit their Quality Improvement Plan.
Phase 2 - Organisation-Wide Survey (OWS) - 6 weeks prior to OWS, members provide ACHS with a self assessment against all criteria and progress on action taken towards addressing the recommendations from the previous survey.
Phase 3 - Self assessment - Members provide progress on action taken towards addressing the recommendations from the previous survey. Members submit their register of key organisational risks (risk register). Members submit their Quality Improvement Plan.
Phase 4 - Periodic Review (PR) - 6 weeks prior to PR, members provide ACHS with a self-assessment against all mandatory criteria and progress on action taken towards addressing the recommendations from the previous survey. The Quality Improvement Plan is uploaded to EAT. The full risk register is provided to the surveyors at survey. Mandatory criteria are surveyed and progress on recommendations from the previous survey is reviewed.

This will be the focus of my mahi over the next 18 months. I have worked in Maori Health since 2002 and have successfully worked with previous providers to achieve accreditation so I look forward to the challenge. 

Nō reira, Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou katoa.

Healthy teeth, healthy body

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Having difficulties getting tamariki (children) in for their FREE dental therapist/dental nurse appointments at the Community Oral Health Hub?

Because we know how hard it can be to organise mahi (work), school, whanau (family) and kids, we’d be happy to tautoko (help) with transport to attend these appointments. Teeth are important for our overall health, and the more tamariki get their teeth checked by the dental nurse, the sooner we can fix any little problems they may have.

Give us a call at Te Piki Oranga if we can help on: 0800 672 642. If you want to make an appointment directly with the dental nurses at the Community Oral Health Hub: 03 539 5324. They’re also open during the school holidays. To contact the mobile dental clinics: 0800 833 846.

Healthy Homes

with permission from Hilary Genet, Health Promoter Nelson Marlborough Health

Living in a cold damp house? Insulation grants are available for those with a current Community Services Card/SuperGold endorsed CSC.


There is a strong relationship between housing and health.

Cold and damp housing contributes to respiratory disease, poor mental health and an exacerbation of chronic conditions.

Overcrowded housing is associated with the spread of infectious diseases such as meningococcal disease.

Housing size, location, structure, and materials also affect occupants' health, as does the way people heat, ventilate and generally use their homes.

New Zealand has very high rates of asthma and respiratory infections – with children, the elderly and those on lower incomes being worse off.

New Zealand research into housing and disability shows that inappropriate housing is detrimental to disabled people's independence, social opportunity and safety.


Warmer Healthier Homes Programme

The Warmer Healthier Homes Programme installs ceiling and under-floor insulation in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough homes.

People are referred to the programme by their doctor, hospital specialist or another healthcare worker.

People with greater health needs such as respiratory and chronic conditions are prioritised. Community Services Card holders may also be accepted in to the programme, and landlords are strongly encouraged to contribute.

People with greater health needs are prioritised because they are more likely to:

  • delay seeking help in the first instance
  • be sleep deprived or sleeping in overcrowded rooms
  • have reduced income
  • be missing school or work due to ill health
  • worry about the cost of home heating.

The Warmer Healthier Homes Programme is funded by The Rata Trust, Nelson Marlborough Health, Nelson City Council, Marlborough District Council and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.

Older People's Housing

A well-maintained house is essential to older people's health and wellbeing.

Older people may find home maintenance difficult. For this reason, the Good Homes: Repairs and Maintenance Assessment and Solutions checklist is available to help assess what maintenance work should be prioritised. Copies of this document are available FREE by contacting Hilary Genet hilary.genet@ndmhb.govt.nz or phone 03 543 7933.

Families Package

by Rossana Rogers, Kaipakihi Tautoko Kaiwhakahaere (Business Support Administrator)


The Families Package is designed to provide targeted social assistance to improve incomes for low and middle income families with children, and to reduce child poverty. It is part of the Government’s focus on ensuring children get the best start in life, and that our welfare system doesn’t leave families without support.

The Families Package replaces the previous Government’s Family Incomes Package, announced as part of Budget 2017.

The new Families Package includes:

  • The Winter Heating Payment
  • Best Start tax credit
  • Increases to Working for Families Tax Credits
  • Changes to Accommodation Supplement areas and amounts
  • Increase to the Accommodation Benefit for students
  • Increase to Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s Benefit and Foster Care Allowance

Ministry of Social Development will automatically pay the Winter Energy Payment to Seniors and people on benefits, and will also pay Best Start tax credit for people receiving:

  • Jobseeker Support
  • Sole Parent Support
  • Young Parent Payment
  • Supported Living Payment or
  • Emergency Benefit.

The changes to Accommodation Supplement and Accommodation Benefit will also be paid automatically from 1 April 2018.

People getting a benefit and Seniors don’t need to do anything.

Anyone who isn’t a Work and Income client may need to apply for the Best Start tax credit through Inland Revenue.

Here is the link to information on the Ministry of Social Development website:

And for commonly asked questions and answers:

Nau mai, haere mai ngā Kaimahi hou!


Since December last year there have been lots of changes to the staffing at Te Piki Oranga. At our Blenheim hub, we farewelled Contessa Popata and Sharlene Maniapoto towards the end of last year and wished them all the very best for their new jobs.

This first quarter, at our Waimeha hub, we farewelled Alice Chisnall and pleased that she is moving onto a clinical role where she can put all her clinical expertise to good use. We also farewelled Liam Doherty who was only with us for a 3-month contract while on semester break and wish him all the best for his studies.

A big welcome to all our new kaimahi (staff) profiled below who started part way through the first quarter across the rohe. It's great to be adding more enthusiasm and expertise to our organisation. We also welcomed back Sheridan Duncan returning to the social worker position at Motueka.

Kaimahi Ki Wairau

Jessica Foster - Pūkenga Atawhai (Community Nurse)

Ko Kāpara Te Hau Te Maunga, Ko Wairau Te Awa.

Ko Jessica Foster ahau.

I am a Pūkenga Atawhai working with the Whānau Ora team at Wairau. I have recently moved back to Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka o Maui (Top of the South) from Otautahi where I worked as a nurse at Christchurch men’s prison and prior to that in an acute psychiatric setting at Hillmorton hospital.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you all. Mauri Ora.


Ayla Legg - Pūkenga Atawhai (NetP Nurse)

Ko Kapukataumahaka te Maunga, Ko Owhero te Awa, Ko Tokelau te Iwi, Ko Nukunonu te Hapu.

Ko Ayla ahau.

I grew up in Dunedin. Central Otago has been my home for the past 10 years. I have spent the past four years gaining my Bachelor of Nursing degree and have been lucky enough to get one of the new graduate positions with Te Piki Oranga. I am based in Wairau with the Whanau Ora team and looking forward to all the opportunities that will come my way.


Alena Andrews - Whānau Kaimahi-a-Iwi (Social Worker)

Ko Ngongotaha te Maunga, Ko Rotorua nui a kahu te Moana, Ko Te Arawa te Waka, Ko Te Arawa te Iwi, Ko Tamatekapua te Tangata, No Rotorua ahau.

Ko taku ingoa Ko Alena Rangitahi Andrews (nee Witeri Waaka).

I come from a background of working alongside rangatahi and young adults. This role included mentorship, support and facilitating workshops.

I completed my degree in social work at Te Wananga o Aotearoa on November 2017 and commenced my part time role with Te Piki Oranga on the 19th of February 2018 as Kaimahi-a-iwi.

Look forward to meeting you all soon. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

Jessica Foster

Jessica Foster

Ayla Legg

Ayla Legg

Alena Andrews

Alena Andrews

Kaimahi Ki Waimeha

Liam Doherty

Liam Doherty

Tanya Tauwhare

Tanya Tauwhare

Liam Doherty - Kai Whakatuarā Rangatahi (Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Coordinator)

Ko Maungapohatu te Maunga. Ko Ohinemataroa te Awa, Ko Taatohoata te Marae, Ko Ngāi Te Riu te Hapū, Ko Ngāi Tūhoe te Iwi.

Ko Liam Doherty tōku ingoa.

Greetings to all! My name is Liam and I grew up here in Nelson. However, my tūrangawaewae is Te Urewera. I am of Tūhoe and Ngā Puhi decent. I am currently a tertiary student studying in Wairau. I have taken the 3-month contract role of Kai Whakatuarā Rangatahi here at Te Piki Oranga while I was on semester break and so will be well and gone back to Wairau by the time this pānui comes to print.

I am passionate about this role giving Rangatahi in our community a voice. (Check out the story on Nelson Weekly Violence at Nelson Libraries). I hope through this mahi that Rangatahi will have a platform to voice opinions and experiences to better shape delivery of health services to our young people.


Tanya Tauwhare - Taituarā Rangatahi (Youth Support Worker)

Ko Aoraki te Maunga, Ko Arahura te Awa, Ko Takitimu te Waka, Ko Kāitahu te Iwi, Ko Kātiwaewae te Hapū. Ko Russell Tauwhare toku papa, Ko Colleen Tauwhare toku mama.
Ko Tanya Tauwhare toku ingoa Kei te noho mātou ki Whakatū i Te Waipounamu.

Kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi.

I have 3 grown sons who all live and work in Whakatū. I also have a daughter attending Nelson Girls college, all of my children were born and raised here just like myself. I have lived in Whakatū for 44 years.

I have always had a passion for working with rangatahi and more so now that my mokopuna are arriving. My mother was an awesome advocate for māori youth in Nelson who set the foundations for my whānau to carrying on her mahi. I am actively involved in my sons' league club and support my daughter in her netball community. Since the passing of their father my tamariki have been my full focus and so now are my mokopuna.

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

Kaimahi Ki Whakatū

Roberta Simpkins - Whānau Kaimahi-a-Iwi (Social Worker)

Kia ora I am Roberta Simpkins and I’m an experienced social worker and counsellor. I’ve worked in social services for over twenty years and I’m excited to work for Te Piki Oranga. I believe in empowering whanau to take control of their lives and to reach for the stars. I am just a temporary signpost in their journeys.

Kaimahi Ki Motueka

Amber Ford - Pūkenga Atawhai (NetP Nurse)

Ko Maukatere te Maunga, Ko Rakahuri te Awa, Ko Takitimu te Waka, Ko Kāi Tahu tohoku Iwi, Ko Kāi Tūāhuriri tohoku Hapu, Ko Tuahiwi tohoku Marae, No Kaiapoi ahau, I whakatipu ahau kei Kāikoura, Kei Whakatu tohoku kāika inaianei.

Ko Ford tohoku ikoa whanau, Ko Amber tohoku ikoa.

I grew up in beautiful Kāikoura and returned to Nelson some years ago to pursue a career in nursing. I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Nursing degree as well as a certificate in Foundation of Maori Studies. I was the recipient of the Pene Ruruku Scholarship, for potential in Māori development. In my final year I had my community placement with Te Piki Oranga and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am now based in Motueka in a NETP Pukenga Atawhai role. I have a passion for caring for our people and using Māori based health care models and tikanga.


Chevelle Davies - Taituarā (Assistant Administrator)

Ko Hikuranga te Maunga, Ko Waiapu te Awa, Ko Horouta te Waka, Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi, Ko Mangahanea te Marae.

Ko Chevelle Temaui Davies tōku ingoa.

My name is Chevelle Davies, I have 6 tamariki with a very supportive partner who shares the same values as me. My greatest motivation is my whānau and I am very passionate about helping our Māori people. My whānau began the journey of identity as tangata whenua 8 years ago within Kōhanga Reo, we vow commitment to kaupapa Māori and Te Reo Māori and believe that once we know who we are as people, we will know where we are going and how to change more gracefully with the tides.

One important thing about beginning my journey with Te Piki Oranga here in Motueka as a Taituara is that it is comforting to know that I am not the only one that thinks this way and that whānau really does make a huge difference.


Marie Holman - Taituarā (Assistant Administrator)

Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, Ko Ōngārue te Awa, Ko Tainui te Waka, Ko Ngāti Maniapōto te Iwi, Ko Ngāti Pahere te Hapu, Ko Te Koura Putaroa te Marae, Ko Te Karohiroha te Whare Tupuna, Tawhāki te Rangatira.

Ko Marie tōku ingoa.

Kia ora. I'm Marie Holman. I have lived in Motueka for 10 years and consider myself a local. I have a large family of 7 siblings and 7 nephew and nieces. I’ve got a daughter who is 6 years old that likes to keep me on my toes.

I have been looking for part time work and found the admin job for Te Piki Oranga in Motueka. Working with Te Piki Oranga helps me get out of my comfort zone and meet new people and learn more Māori and take it home and teach my daughter.

Working with a whanau based organisation has made the transitioning back into working a breeze and I'm glad that I'm working here.

Amber Ford

Amber Ford

Chevelle Davies

Chevelle Davies

Marie Holman

Marie Holman