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.
Josiah is a Samoan and Pākehā whakapapa and grew up in Christchurch and Dunedin. Alongside a group of Pacific youth who had been encouraged into leadership by their elders, co-founded PYLAT a charitable trust who empower Pacific young people’s voices in all worlds. In 2015 he was appointed to the Le Va board and he has supported the organisation to increase its connection to the largest Pacific youth population, those under 25. He has also supported this in other settings, such as being a panel member of the 2018 Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. He is also on our whānau boards of Te Pou and BluePrint bringing Pacific peoples’ insights to the training of those in wellbeing.
Josiah studied Politics and History at University of Canterbury and is a board member of a number of organisations to empower Pacific people’s voices in decision making, wellbeing generally and to strengthen governance. Now a postgraduate student, in 2021 he co-led the petition to parliament calling for recognition of the dawn raids and successfully sought an apology from the Government. He has four brothers, sings and is a major railfan.
Chief executive officer, Wise Group
Previously CEO of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society, Shelley has held roles as chief executive at Sir Peter Blake Trust and Waikato Primary Health.
Shelley’s extensive background in the health sector saw her become a member of the New Zealand Health and Disability System Review Panel 2019-2020. She oversaw the Better Sooner More Convenient health business cases for the Minister of Health’s reforms in Auckland.
Shelley is the co-chair of the Cancer Agency (Te Aho o Te Kahu) and chaired the Minister’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Taskforce. A member of the New Zealand Order of Merit – health and disability, she is also an Honorary Captain of the Royal New Zealand Navy. In 2007 Shelley was awarded a Sir Peter Blake emerging leader award.
A strong advocate for reducing health inequities, Shelley believes the most effective health systems are those that invest in and develop community and primary health care services and supports.
Taito Eddie Tuiavii
Orator Chief, Fagaloa, Samoa
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
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 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 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.
General Lead advisor – Regional Development
Born and raised in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, Danielle (Samoa – Malie ma Mulifanua, Pākehā – Ireland & England) is a passionate advocate for the voice of lived experience at any leadership table.
For the past 20 years, Danielle has worked primarily in the education sector, previously in tertiary education with Pacific students at the University of Canterbury and in Pacific education research.
In her currently role as Lead Adviser – Regional Development with the Ministry of Education, Danielle enables collaborative change and innovation to enhance equity and excellence in education for all learners.
A mum of three, Danielle is also an active member of the Pacific Arts community and a practicing kaimirimiri/kairomiromi – a role to which she brings a wellbeing focus from an Aotearoa-born Pacific lens.
Currently working on her PhD on the lived experiences of New Zealand-born Pacific peoples with indigenous Māori and Pacific healing practices in the diaspora, Danielle also enjoys performing poetry and volunteers at both Te Arateatea Whare Hauora’s weekly community clinic and at Fale Eke Pacific Hub.