Our Kaimahi (staff)

At Te Whatu Ora Waitaha we are proud of our diverse and talented kaimahi who all contribute to providing the manaaki hauora (health care) in their individual mahi (work). We are a tangata focussed kapa (team) passionate about improving the health of those communities we serve. Here are just a selection of our kaimahi who are proud to share their journeys of working at Te Whatu Ora Waitaha and what they love about their mahi.

James Kahu Allison (he/him)

Chief Digital Officer, Canterbury DHB & West Coast DHB (Poumatua Matahiko)

"The people – passionate people about doing great things."

Victoria Binns (she/her)

Registered Nurse in the Paediatric Operating Theatres in Christchurch Hospital/ Waipapa

"I always wanted to help people in need. I always thought being a nurse would be pretty cool."

Losana Korovulavula (she/her)

Pasifika Health Promoter (Community & Public Health)

"It was the drive to make a difference for our Pasifika community and at the same time, changing the narratives."

Rebecca McCormick(she/her)

Kaiwhakahaere Mana Taurite - (Head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)

"I love the kaupapa of my mahi and how it is supporting the bigger vision of better health outcomes for Māori" 

Aaron Hāpuku (he/him)

Lecturer. Te Kaupeka Oranga - Faculty of Health at the University of Canterbury

"My love of community and my personal values eventually led me to a pathway of public health and Māori health promotion."

Hayley Butler (she/her)

Health Care Assistant in the Burwood Hospital Spinal Unit

"Being part of the team I feel accepted and valued"

Peter Parker (he/him)

Radiation Therapist - Kaihaumanu Pūhihi

"My interest came from wanting to help people with their health, particularly Hauora Māori, so that I could improve health outcomes"

Lee Tuki (Tutuki Te Wharau) (she/her)

Kaimātai Mahi Māori, Workforce Development Partner – Mana Taurite (Equity)

"I love working for the DHB and the wide range of opportunities, roles and fellow kaimahi I have worked alongside, with and for over the past 13 plus years"

Penny Carter (she/her)

Ward Clerk Christchurch Women’s Hospital, Maternity

"the fact that they (CDHB) were wanting to help more Māori and Pasifika into work and that attracted me even more"

Anna Skinner (she/her)

Operating Theatre Assistant - Christchurch Hospital

"The amazing work that everybody does within the perioperative team given time pressures and the sheer demand for surgeries in a public health system is quite incredible"

Te Rauhinga Pikia (she/her)

Hospital Aide Birthing Suits

"The rangatahi group makes me feel like family and at home and I have never felt like that in any workplace before"

Koko Yukako (she/her)

Health and Safety Co-ordinator

"If you believe the small things can make a difference, it does, and anything you can add value to, do it"

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