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