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Our board

Pacific Inc, trading as Le Va, is an organisation with charitable status governed by a board of trustees from culturally diverse backgrounds with extensive experience across the youth, health and social sectors.

Julie Nelson

Co-chair

Chair Te Pou board
Joint chief executive, Wise Group
Chief executive, Link People

Julie has an extensive background in the development of community based solutions.

Julie’s experience at a governance level has seen her hold multiple appointments as a director or chair across both the public and private sector. In addition she has worked on numerous national committees.

Caren Rangi

Arts Council of New Zealand Deputy Chair
Pacific Homecare Services Trustee
Radio New Zealand Governor
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Board member
Pacific Co-operation Broadcasting Ltd DirectorBroadcasting Commission board member

Caren is a proud Cook Islands Maori, whose family hail from the islands of Rakahanga, Manihiki, Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Caren is an experienced governance practitioner, with a governance career that spans 18 years on boards in the broadcasting, health, arts and education sectors. She is a qualified chartered accountant and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Her current NZ Board roles are listed above, and she is also a Director of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation in Rarotonga. In addition to her Board roles, Caren is an Associate of the Centre for Social Impact.

Caren’s service to governance and leadership was recognised with the awarding of a 2016 New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Award, and the 2018 Linden Estate Hawke’s Bay Business Leader of the Year. In 2018 she was conferred with an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to governance and the Pacific community.

Caren is passionate about leadership development, particularly in our Pacific communities. She has facilitated the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs’ Pacific Senior Managers Leadership Development Programme and contributed to Le Va’s Le Tautua Emerging Leaders and Alumni programmes. She has also undertaken the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme to further develop her own leadership and is an alumni of the inaugural Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue.

Josiah Tualamali’i

Chair, Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Charitable Trust (PYLAT)
Member, Ministry of Youth Development Youth Advisory Group

Josiah is a New Zealand born Samoan who grew up in Christchurch and Dunedin. At 14 he was the Prime Minister in the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Parliamentary Simulation (2010). Through this experience he learned how important it is for young people to be able to access mentoring, and that being able to contribute to decision-making at all levels is an important way to support development, success and the potential to thrive. 

A year into his leadership journey, the Canterbury Earthquakes struck, and PYLAT worked with other young people to support the recovery and rebuild. PYLAT has and continues to advocate for Pasifika young people to participate in and be supported to engage in our democracy as well as working to alleviate barriers to social inclusion. In 2013 Josiah took on the role of Chairperson. Since then PYLAT has become a Charitable Trust having a more cemented presence in Christchurch and is growing to have national influence. 

Josiah sits on a number of boards to support Pasifika youth engagement and youth participation but also for young people more widely. He also studies Political Science and History at the University of Canterbury.

Shelley Campbell

Chief executive officer, Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society
Te Pou board member

Shelley Campbell is currently the CEO of Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society and is responsible for implementing its leadership development and environmental programmes throughout the country. Prior to taking up her role in 2010, Shelley was overseeing the Better Sooner More Convenient health business cases for the Minister of Health’s reforms in Auckland. She is a former chief executive of Waikato Primary Health that provided health services to 315,000 people across the central North Island.

Shelley is a member of Cancer Council NZ and chaired the Minister’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Taskforce. She was a member of the New Zealand delegation to the World Health Assembly in 2008 and has examined health systems in Canada and the UK.

In 2007 Shelley was awarded a Sir Peter Blake emerging leader award and was the first person of Māori descent to ever win the award.

Taito Eddie Tuiavii

Orator Chief, Fagaloa, Samoa
Principal Advisor Democracy and Engagement, Auckland Council

Wellington-born and Auckland-raised, Taito Eddie holds an orator chief title from Fagaloa in Samoa and is currently the Principal Advisor Democracy and Engagement at Auckland Council. The role provides strategic direction in trends, design and delivery of online and offline engagement including partnerships, participatory and deliberative practice.

An alumnus of the University of Auckland, Eddie brings a wealth of experience in public affairs and is a seasoned facilitator, often moderating forums locally and internationally. With a keen interest and extensive background in deliberative democracy, Eddie served a research fellowship in the United States looking at the decision-making practices of indigenous diaspora. For the past seven years he has collaborated with researchers, practitioners and elected members in more than 30 countries, in developing deliberative communities.

Eddie joins the Le Va board with a staunch commitment to ensuring a healthy and authentic balance is maintained in applying traditional values to contemporary problems. Outside of his professional pursuits, he devotes his time to family, church and serving his wider community.

Dr David Tan

FRANZCP, FRACP, MBChB
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Paediatrician

David Tan’s rich cultural heritage, combined with his extensive experience in New Zealand’s health sector, enables him to provide significant value to Le Va’s Board of Trustees.

New Zealand-born of Samoan (Lepea, Apia and Vailoa, Savai’i) and Malaysian-Chinese descent, David’s background is in Paediatric Medicine and Pacific Mental Health in Auckland. He has worked in integrated primary care and specialist services and has a keen interest in neurodevelopment.

David is a firm believer that evidence-based education, prevention, and early intervention delivered by a Pacific workforce are drivers of prosperity and positive developmental trajectories for New Zealand’s Pasifika youth population.

Having observed Le Va’s work, encompassed with the best traditional Pasifika values in a modern (and changing) Aotearoa, David is committed to supporting Le Va to maximise Pasifika people’s success.

Covid-19 Update

Face-to-face workshops will not continue while New Zealand is at Level 4. We will be in contact with all participants soon.