Meet the Team
Maori Health and Social Services
Welcome to Poutini Waiora - a Maori Health and Social Service provider that delivers holistic care to whanau across Te Tai O Poutini. Established 21 years ago, the service is primarily mobile with kaimahi visiting whanau in their homes or other appropriate settings across the West Coast.
Te Kaihautu (GM)
E rere kau mai te awa nui nei
Mai i te kahui maunga ki Tangaroa
Ko au te awa
Ko te awa ko au.
The river flows, from the mountains to the sea
I am the river
the river is me.
My whakapapa is across three Iwi; Atihaunui a paparangi, Whanau apanui and Ngapuhi nui tonu.
I have worked in the health sector for over 20 years, across New Zealand, Australia and more recently USA. I am absolutely passionate about Whanau ora as a service delivery model. My Moemoea is that one day Poutini Waiora will close their doors as the job has been completed and our whanau have achieved their Tino rangatiratanga.
Team Leader, Buller
Kaitakawaenga - Registered Social Worker
Ko Uenuku raua Ko Tararua Ranges te maunga
Ko Wairau raua ko Horowhenua te awa
Ko Kurahaupo te waka
Ko Rangitane te Iwi
Ko Omaka raua ko Kereru Marae
Ko Teoti te Tangata
Ko Ivan Louis McDonald raua Ko Maureen Thelma Taueki Oku Matua
Ko William Walker taku tane
Nga toru Tamariki taku ingoa
Ko Tyrone Ratau Ko Uilleam Ko Tralee Walker
Ko Rehia McDonald taku ingoa
Ko Waimagaroa taku Papakainga
Kaitakawaenga ahau ko Poutini Waiora taku mahi
No reira tena koutou tena koutou kia ora tatou katoa
My passion is to see all whanau within Te Tai o Poutini being offered whanau ora as a means of:
"Improving daily lives and conditions for Maori within Te Tai o Poutini is dependent on acquiring a secure and meaningful identity, and to enjoy good health and sense of well-being, Maori people must be able to live comfortably as Maori and as citizens (Mason Durie, 2001)"
Ko Aorangi te maunga
Ko Waitaki te awa
Ko Ngai Tahu te iwi
Ko Ngai Te Atawhiua te hapu
Ko Arowhenua te marae
Ko Samantha Selwyn-Ennis toku ingoa
Whanau Ora Nurse
I'm Carolyn Fechney. I have lived on the Coast for nearly 15 years since graduating as a Registered Nurse. I have four children and one cat, all of which receive my unconditional love. I love being outdoors, which Poutini Waiora fulfils that need. I have a special interest in diabetes and nutrition. I like to see whanau take control of their health and wellbeing and enjoy life, and for those that need a hand, it is a privilege to be able to help as one of the Registered Nurses for Poutini Waiora.
Kia ora koutou
I am the Whanau Ora nurse for Mawhera. My role is to engage whanau to integrate within the health care system reducing health inequalities in Maori. My passion is delivering health care in the community to whanau.
Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa,
Ko Tapuae-O-Uenuku te maunga
Ko Waiautoa te awa
Ko Uruao Takatimu te waka
Ko Ngati Kuri te hapu
Ko Ngai Tahu te iwi
Ko Maungamanu Kaikoura te Rohe
Ko Takahanga raua ko Hohepa aku Marae
Ko Tiari Thoms toku Papa
Ko Ngai Tau ia
Ko Kaikoura Rohe
Ko Kuiana Wi Haami toku Mama
Ko Tuhoe ia
Ko Whakarae te Marae o toku Mama
Ko Te Urewera te Rohe
Ko Ropata McLean taku Tane
Ko Kiwi/Scottish ia
Ko Dianna McLean toku ingoa
Ko Whanau Ora Nehi o Poutini Waiora Kawatiri
Ko Omau Village, Cape Foulwind e noho ana ahau
My name is Dianna McLean, originally from Christchurch, I arrived in Buller in 1985 and never left. I have connections to Ngati Porou, Te Ati Haunui-a-Paparangi and Ngati Kahungunu.
I have a background in Diversional Therapy and have worked extensively with the elderly.
I work in the community of Buller extending from Karamea in the North to Punakaiki in the South and reaching out to Reefton and Springs Junction.
I also work as the Whanau Ora Practice Nurse as Buller Medical Services,
My services involve Immunizations/Vaccinations, Cervical Smears among many others.
My hope is that the Whanau are able to access health services they require and I am able to assist them on their journey to achieve and maintain good health
Looking forward to meeting you and/or catching up with you all.
Mobile: 027 816 6668
I was born in Te Aroha, married in Nelson and now live in Hokitika. I have four children. I am a part time counsellor for Poutini Waiora. I am determined to enjoy my life, but not at the expense of other people.
Elizabeth (Beth) Murphy
Ko Wenonah te maunga
Ko Waumandee Creek te awa
Ko te Great Plain ki Minnesota taku papakainga
Ko te Whanau a Murphy raua ko te Whanau a McFarlin nga Hapu
Ko Ngati Ireland ki County Donegal toku Iwi
Ko Beth ahau
I was raised in Wisconsin but consider Minnesota to be my home, as I've lived there for the past 15 years completing my Bachelor's Degree in Outdoor Education and, most recently, my Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counselling from Winona State University. I believe in a holistic approach to counselling, as you cannot heal one part of the whare without the support of the entire whanau.
(Registered Social Worker)
Tena koutou katoa
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou
Ko Aoraki te Mauka
No Tai Poutini mea Akaroa Mea Tihi o Maru ahau
Ko Anntoinette Allan toku ignoa
Kei te mahi ahau ki Poutini Waiora te Kaitakawaenga.
I hail from the Coast from my papa side and Akaroa and Tihi o maru from my mum.
I have worked for various social services, DHB and Marae in Te Waipounamu.
I have been drawn more to therapeutic thinking and training in recent years.
I enjoy working within whanau ora frameworks and working for Poutini Waiora is delightful.
Tena koutou katoa
Ko Aoraki te maunga
Ko Waitaki te awa
Ko Ariteuru te Waka
Ko Mere Titope Kaikanui Harpur, Pakanui toku tipuna
Ko Ngai Tahu te Iwi
Ko Moeraki, ko Ngati Huirapa, ko Waihao te hapu
Ko Moeraki toku Marae
No Hokitika ahau
Ko Cameron te ingoa Whanau
Ko Alma Pegley toku tipuna
Ko Ian raua ko Deb oku matua
Ko Emma toku tuakana
Ko Jake taku tane
Ko Lochlan taku tama
Ko Maegan taku ingoa
No reira, nga mihi aroha ki a koe, kia koutou katoa, ki ou koutou tipuna hoki
Nga mihi, kia koutou katoa
As a born and raised West Coaster I have been part of the team at Poutini Waiora for five years. My role as a Registered Social Worker is to walk alongside whanau on their journey and to tautoko whanau to achieve Whanau Ora. My passion lies with supporting whanau to reach their goals and be the best they can be. I believe everybody deserves to have someone believe in them, if I can be that person, then I have succeeded.
Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Whanganui te awa
Ko Ngati Maru te iwi raua Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi te iwi
Ko Tarata raua Tawata te Marae
Ko Tamatea Ngane Tekou Teika raua ko Merania Wehikore Peri oku Tupuna Maatua toku Papa
Ko Cecil Stanley McMaster raua ko Greta Elsie Ellen oku Tupuna Maatua toku Mama
Ko Tommy Wehikore Teika raua ko Glennis Greta McMaster oku Maatua
Ko Richard John Marsh taku hoa tane
Toku toru a maua tamariki
Ko Timothy John Marsh te matamua ko Tania Arohanui Marsh ta maua potiki ko Sharleen Tui Marsh kua mate
Toku whitu o Mokopuna ko Mandy Tui May Marsh ko Jamie David Smith ko Tristan Mark Smith ko Jade Ann Marsh ko Crystal Rose Marsh ko Tianna Eve Patterson-Marsh
Ko Cruze Tamatea Marsh kua mate
Toku wahi ko Mawhera ko te Whare Kainga Hector Kawatiri
Ko Poutini Waiora taku Mahi
Ko Sharon Arohanui Marsh toku ingoa
No reira tena koutou tena koutou tena tatau katou
My name is Sharon Arohanui Marsh (nee Teika). I was born in Greymouth and have been married to my husband Richard for 42 years we live in Hector, Westport. We have 3 adult children and 7 mokopuna. Our eldest daughter passed away from renal cancer in February 2018 and our youngest mokopuna was born sleeping.
I am very fortunate to have my son and 3 of my mokopuna living close to me in Westport. My youngest daughter lives in Brisbane. I have been employed by Poutini Waiora for the past 13 years in the Kawatiri office delivering both health and whanau support. I am president of the Kawatiri Maori Womens Welfare League and a Board Member of the Granity Board of Trustees.
Ko Aorangi te maunga
Ko Arahura te awa
Ko Ngati Waewae te hapu
Ko Ngai Tahu te iwi
Ko Ursula Tainui taku ingoa
I have had a life long passion of caring for the health and well being of all whanau. This passion stems from my upbringing at the Pa, where Whanau Ora was a priority to us all, firstly looking after yourself so you were able to care for all other whanau you came into contact with that needed the awhi. I am presently employed as the Kaiarataki/Whanau Ora Support Worker for Poutini Waiora, the only Maori Health and Social Services based on Te Tai o Poutini. My mahi is so very rewarding when whanau reach and can maintain a very healthy lifestyle allowing them to be the very best they can be in all aspects of their lives.
Ko Aoraki te mauka ariki
Ko Tutoko te mauka tipuna
Ko Makaawhio te awa tapu
Ko Uruao te waka
Ko Rakaihautu te takata
Ko Te Koeti Turanga te tipuna
Ko Kati Mahaki ki Makaawhio te hapu
Ko Kati Mamoe raua ko Kai Tahu ka iwi
Ko Hokitika te kainga
Ko Shelley Mills ahau
Tihei mauri ora
My Whanau are from the West Coast and I feel privileged to be living in such a beautiful place. I am a mother of 7 and have two awesome mokopuna. My whanau are my world and I feel truly blessed. My spare time is spent with my whanau, spending time walking up the awa and playing darts which I share with my whanau.
Ko Takatimu te maunga
Ko Waiau to awa
Ko John Johnson, ko Ann Bergen toku tipuna
Ko Alf Butson toku Papa, ko Freda Lake toku Mama
Ko Kawatiri te kainga
Ko Poutini Waiora te mahi
Ko Yvonne Stephens toku ingoa
No reira tenei koutou katoa
My passion is working with people to assist them and their whanau to follow a pathway of change to improve their health.
Whanau Ora Navigator
Whanau ora Navigator Kawatiri
Ki te taha o tōku papa, no Ingarangi ahau.
Ki te taha o tōku mama, ko Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi me Ngāti Kahungunu ōku iwi.
Ko Ngāti Rangi te hapū.
Ko Ruapehu me Moumoukai ōku maunga.
Ko Aotea me Takitimu ōku waka.
I was brought up in the small town of Waipukurau in Central Hawkes Bay and have lived in Westport for 12 years. I am a single mum to two wonderful tamariki and aunty to my beautiful niece who also lives with us. Previous to my role as Whānau Ora Navigator, I worked as a kaiako within the Early Childhood sector for six years. During this time I supported two ECE centres to implement a bicultural curriculum, encouraging use of te reo and tikanga. Alongside a colleague we provided training to all three ECE centres on biculturalism, in particular our Māori values and Marae protocol, connecting the centres into Tuhuru Marae and Kāti Waewae. I was also privileged to work as a teacher aide within the Bilingual Unit at Westport North School under the guidance of two amazing kaiako. I have travelled and lived in many rohe within Aotearoa, Europe and London which has provided me with a wide range of experiences and opportunities.
Within Aotearoa I worked for Māori Affairs (as they transitioned into Te Puni Kokiri), ACC and Housing New Zealand, and as a PA in London with British Airways and Citigroup. The skills I have gained through my varied roles can now be collated and utilised in my role as Whānau Ora Navigator.
Being an ex Hato Hohepa student, our kura motto still guides me today. “I o mahi katoa, mahia” – whatever you do, do your best. Whānau ora is about being the best you can be and I feel proud to work under a kaupapa that supports tino rangatiratanga and whānau success.
Vacancy recently advertised
Whanau ora Navigator Kati Waewae
Hokitika Activity House
My name is Ada and I am a first generation New Zealander, born to English parents Frank and Grace Hartley. I have four brothers and an older sister. I am married to Raymond and we have 9 children, 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
I am working as a support worker for people with intellectual disabilities at the Hokitika House. My role at work is to enhance the day to day lives of the people I work with.
My interests are reading, doing puzzles of all kinds, walking, camping, geocaching and of course, my family.
My name is Erika Sturm. I immigrated to New Zealand from Germany almost 30 years ago. I have been working for Poutini Waiora for seven years in the role as support worker for people with intellectual disabilities at the Hokitika House.
In my spare time I like reading, walking and working in my garden.