Meet the Kaimanaaki

Health Navigator’s - Kaimanaaki (peer support coach) support the whānau progress towards wellbeing and employment, while also supporting them with their wider health and social needs and facilitating access to health, social and community services and supports as required. Meet the team below.

Valita Partsch


Valita previously worked as the Diabetes Self-Management Co-ordinator and saw many great initiatives within the Pacific and wider Auckland community. Valita continues to support a healthy working relationship with community leaders and is committed to improving health outcomes for our Māori and Pacific people.

Puru Johnson


A lover of animals, photography and coffee, Puru has worked in the health and disability sector for ten years. She previously worked as a Health Coach at The Doctors Middlemore and has built relationships with many Māori and Pasifika whānau with long term conditions. She also worked as a Learning and Development Facilitator and Events Organiser for Bunnings Warehouse.

Phoebe Guile


Phoebe trained as a nutritionist in Christchurch, and has worked with Quitline for the last 2.5 years. She moved up to Auckland in April 2021, and she loves getting out, exploring the city and all the beautiful hiking tracks that Tāmaki Makaurau has to offer. In her spare time, she is often in the kitchen cooking, baking and creating new recipes. Phoebe is also currently studying towards a certificate in mental health and addictions.

Heidi Dracigevich


Most of Heidi’s work experience has been as a teacher and educator, mainly in High Schools and also at the University of Auckland Business School for approximately 13 years. She also has five years of health promotion experience working with people who experience mental health issues. Her passion is to help people make positive transformations in their lives and wellbeing, through a holistic approach. She is particularly interested in trauma and healing. Heidi has worked and volunteered in several countries on community development projects including Mozambique, Moldova and Cambodia.

B.Com (marketing), Grad Dip Int Development, Master of Social Work (prof) student.

Beka Maiava-Tafiti


Beka has an educational background in Bi-cultural Social Work and Event Management. She has experience working as a Youth Coach/Mentoring. Beka has strong connections with the community and is extremely committed to supporting our Pacific and Māori communities.

Emma Wilson


Emma was born and raised in Auckland, having spent the last seven years working in the health and wellness realm with Sport Auckland’s Green Prescription team in the Mount Roskill area. Emma has enjoyed sharing her passion for physical activity and wellness with her clients and is looking forward to empowering whānau to improve health outcomes in our communities.

Stevie-Grace Nelson

Operations Administrator – Whānau Services

Born and raised in East Auckland, Stevie-Grace is a mother to four young ladies, which means most of her free time is spent at kids’ sports games, tournaments, or trainings (which in itself, is a full-time job!), or finding time for doing what she loves, including riding her motorbike or kickboxing.

Stevie-Grace brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her from a diverse background, as she enters the healthcare industry for the first time.

Cynthia Brown-Mendes

Whānau Services Manager

Cynthia is of Ngāti Whātua decent and has lived in Auckland all her life. Coming from a family that has always been involved in the local community has shaped her career pathway and resulted in all of her roles being community focused. Cynthia has managed for several years and worked within both Government and non-Government agencies.

In her free time, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going for walks, pottering around in the garden, getting outdoors, and participating in community activities.

Fonoti Eddie Muaulama

Team Lead

A New Zealander and Samoan, Eddie has a chief title name Fonoti. He has come from a background working in a hospital team environment in the Intensive Care Unit. Eddie has been involved in volunteering for Red Cross under the refugee programme and is actively involved in his church community programme for healthy eating, and training for his Pacific church family. His passion is to work with the Pacific community to help achieve their goals. He enjoys meeting people of different ethnic backgrounds, and learning more about their culture.