Eddie Fa’avae

Role: Navigator
Background:  Eddie is a founding member of the Trust.  He has come full circle from the beginnings many years ago to now providing an important link back to the community as a Navigator.  He is the lead for Whanau Ora and our Samoan cultural expert.
Email: eddie@nelsonpasifika.org.nz

Sione Lata

Role: Tongan Community Liaison
Background: Sione is our Tongan Cultural expert, a community leader and elder in the Free Church of Tonga, he is vital to linking the Trust to the Tongan community.  He was a founding member of the early Trust and is a strong voice for Pasifika in Nelson.
Email: sione@nelsonpasifika.org.nz
Mobile: 021-098-138

Hayley Veatupu

Role: Navigator
Background: Hayley is a New Zealand born Tongan who has grown up in Nelson.  She recently graduated top of her class as a Social Worker and is passionate about working in community.   She is the lead on our Education and Health programmes and is also part of the Whanau Ora team.
Email: hayley@nelsonpasifika.org.nz
Mobile: 021-731-615

Pita Akauola

Role: Pastoral Support Services
Background: Pita is responsible for providing support to our RSE community who come over to work in our orchards and vineyards,  by working closely with growers and workers to bridge the cultural gap.  He brings a wealth of knowledge on both pastoral care and horticulture, as well as being a Tongan Community Leader.
Email: pita@nelsonpasifika.org.nz
Mobile: 021-309-234

Our Board

From left to right Back: Apitoni Filia (Youth Council), Manu Talamaivao (Samoan Council), Pita Akauola(no longer on board), Craig Beatson, Joshua Kutu (Tongan Council) Front: Jennifer Beatson (General Manager), Sonny Alesana (Chair), Nouna Likiliki (Deputy Chair, Tongan Council)