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 nutriotion. 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 both Hokitika and 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.
Ko Pennines te maunga
Ko Derwent te awa
Ko SS. Australis te waka
Ko Ingarihi te iwi
Ko Arthur Slenson te Papa
Ko May Sorrell te Mama
Ko Gareth Martin Howells te Tama
Ko Bronwen Cecelia Howells te Tamahine
Ko Spike Ray Howells te Mokopuna
Ko Jan howells toku ingoa
I joined Poutini Waiora 3 years ago, returning to the West Coast after working 3 years with a Maori Service Provider in the North island. I have been a counsellor for 20 years. I work with people who need holistic counselling, and I also have an Alcohol and Drug contract.
I have 2 adult children and one mokopuna, 3 Dogs, 1 Cat, 1 goat and approximately 20 chooks, although my passion is He tangata, He tangata, He tangata.
(Registered Social Worker)
Ko Rangiahua, Nga Pae maunga o Tararua me Hikurangi nga maunga
Ko Waiti, Wainui, Otaki me Waiapu nga awa
Ko Tainui me Horouta nga waka
Ko Ngai tai, Ngati Raukawa me Ngati Porou nga Iwi
Ko wai Ahau? Ko Vania Hotereni toku ingoa, ko ahau te uri.
Kia ora koutou te Whanau o Te Tai o Poutini. It is a privilege to work and live in Te Tai o Poutini and I bring with me the passion to see the Mana, Mauri-ora and Tino Rangatiratanga installed back into whanau, hapu, iwi and community groups.
As a Registered Social Worker my role is key in the early intervention of tautoko to strengthen the Mana and Mauri-ora of whanau, families and the local community to achieve Whanau Ora.
Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Tongariro te maunga
Ko Whanganui te awa
Ko Te Atinaunui a Paparangi te iwi
Ko Tawata te Marae
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Waitara te awa
Ko Ngati Maru ti iwi
Ko Tarata te Marae
Ko Tamatea Ngane Tekou Te Ika raua ko Merania Wehikore Peri oku Tupuna Maatua to Papa
Ko Cecil Stanley McMaster raua ko Greta Elsie Ellen oku Tupuna Maatua te Mama
Ko Tommy Wehikore Teika raua ko Glennis Greta McMster oku Maatua
Ko Richard John Marsh toku hoa Tane
Toku toru a maua Tamariki ko Timothy John Marsh te Matamua ko Tania Arohanui Marsh ta maua Potiki ko Sharleen Tui Smith Whangai
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 te maate
Toku waahi 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 38 years. We live in Hector, Westport, Have 3 adult children and 7 mokopuna. I am very fortunate to have my son, 1 daughter and 3 of my mokopuna living close to me in Westport. My youngest daughter lives in Brisbane. I have been employed as a kaimahi for Poutini Waiora for the past 10 years in the Westport office delivering both Health and Whanau support. I am president of the Kawatiri Maori Womens Welfare League, a Board Member of the Granity Board of Trustees, a NZFFBS Budget Advisor and Committee Member of the Buller Budget Advisory Service.
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.
Mama & Pepi Kaimahi
Ko Kaihu te awa
Ko Mahuhu te waka
Ko Ngati Whatua te Iwi
Ko Te Taou te hapu
Ko Waikaraka te marae
Ko Gemma taku ingoa
I have 5 tamariki aged 17, 16, 15, 12 and 2, so never a dull moment in my whare.
I was born here in Mawhera. I have a large extended whanau here and although I have moved away many times I have always returned.
As Mama and Pepi Kaimahi at Poutini Waiora, I work with our beautiful wahine toa and their tamariki. Te Tai o Poutini is my office as I have clients from Karamea to Haast.
My passion is empowering our whanau and offering them tautoko and awhi to achieve amazing outcomes.
Mobile: 027 523 1961
Kia ora. I'm Julia, married with four children. We are all born and bred West Coasters. My interests include watching our rangatahi play sports, walking our two big dogs, riding dirt bikes, developing our piece of land, camping with the family, going out for coffee with friends and of course shopping!
My role at Poutini Waiora is Rangatahi Kamahi (Youth Worker). This is a dual role which consists of Attendance Advisor for Hokitika and Greymouth areas and also supporting, encouraging, helping and advocating for youth where I am needed. I have always had a passion for helping our young people to aim high and be the best they can be; to help them discover and develop their strengths, build esteem and resiliency, and also to develop goals to build solid foundations toward a positive and successful future.
Mana Tamariki Mokopuna Project
MTM Project Coordinator Kawatiri
Ko Simonette Brizzell taku ingoa
Ko Taranaki toku maunga
Ko Aotea toku waka
Ko Ngati Tupito toku hapu
Ko Pariroa toku marae
No Kawatiri ahau
I am blessed to have been born and raised where the mountains meet the sea. Kawatiri is my home and I feel connected to our natural world here which has strengthened me in life. I am passionate about the mahi I do with Mums and their tamariki and hope to tautoko whanau in a way that offers acknowledgement and understanding to their true wawata. I believe if we look to our past we will understand what will benefit our people and provide better health outcomes for our future.
"He waka eke noa"
A boat we are all in
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.