Melissa Wilson | Director
Melissa is an experienced health sector leader who most recently led the Child Cancer Network and who established and is chairing the Littlemore Foundation. Melissa has an allied health background and has just completed a Master’s in Health Leadership at the University of Auckland.
She says she finds herself humbled by the passion and commitment she continually finds in the injury prevention sector, “and it’s particularly strong in this team, who have knitted together rapidly. We’re very fortunate to have found one another.”
Mark Fenwick | Communications Manager
Mark brings with him many years’ experience steering and navigating broadcast and print communications in central, local government and DHBs. He’s experienced in developing and translating communications and marketing ideas into action to engage the support of diverse public and private groups. Immediately prior to this role he was in Auckland DHB’s corporate communications team and leading a social-marketing behaviour change project with NGO sexual health service providers in Auckland.
Mark’s a committed husband to wife Alexandra and with her, a proud parent to three adult sons. “Just want to do my bit for others, that’s why I’m here. And the ‘ounce of prevention’s better than a ton of cure’ opportunity really inspires,” he says.
Bridget Carlson | Digital Co-ordinator
Bridget has joined the team as our new Digital Co-ordinator, and will manage the development and implementation of Safekids’ digital marketing strategy.
Nathaniel Alexander Pua | Digital Content Producer
Nat has worked with us for a while but has recently joined the main team as a Digital Content Creator.
Zainab Baba | Social Media & Administration Assistant
Zainab joined us at the beginning of 2019 as a Social Media and Administration Assistant. Her role involves assisting with social media and marketing, administrative tasks, as well as working on our website alongside Mark. Zainab is also a third year Law & Arts student at the University of Auckland and is particularly interested in humanitarian law and the law of war and conflict.
"I admire the values that Safekids holds and am proud to be part of such a dedicated team working towards an extremely important cause for Aotearoa."
Moses Alatini | Policy Analyst
Moses (Mou) trained in Political Studies and on graduation developed his analytical skills over more than three years working with Statistics NZ. His expertise has deepened in a decade dedicated to Safekids Aotearoa. Moses has become the go-to man for all things relating to injury prevention outside of the clinicians’ domain. He also has community outreach strings to his bow and in this utilises his Tongan heritage to add value to Safekids’ Pasifika engagement.
Mou is a committed husband and, with wife Mele, proud parent to two school-age sons. Mou says, “working at Safekids has been great. Advocating for policy or regulation change that will benefit the safety of kids at home, on the road or at play is reward in itself!”
Naadira De Medeiros | Policy Analyst Contractor
Naadira is our new Policy Analyst Contractor and will be supporting the policy development programme and conducting a range of research, data analysis and literature reviews.
Emmeline Croft | Community Engagement Advisor
Emmeline (Ngati Hine) is a law graduate who has applied her talents in the mental health sector, where she has developed excellent writing and brand management skills. Emmeline also has experience navigating co-design processes in mental health sector community engagement to produce Māori and Pasifika responsiveness strategies, most recently with the Changing Minds Organisation. She’s motivated to work in a team with strong kaupapa Māori values and this led her to Safekids Aotearoa.
Susie Tearapo Kite | Community Programme Co-ordinator
Susie is our new Community Programme Co-ordinator, so she will be working to support the Community Engagement Advisors with Home Safety Programmes.
Lora Waqabitu | Community Engagement Advisor
Lora has joined us as our new Community Engagement Advisor and will work on building relationships with community providers.
Mareta Hunt | Strategic Advisor
Mareta (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngati Awa me Ngati Maniapoto) brings a strong Māori influence and perspective to the table. Her strengths are in developing insights on equity, advocacy and in seeking the voice of the patient and community. She has networks across both Māori and Pasifika communities – both personal and professional. Mareta is fluent in Te Reo Māori and has utilised that extensively in her career and recent role as senior Māori cultural advisor with Counties Manukau Health.
Mareta says the key to her motivation and success in life are her “four beautiful daughters - I strive to be the best that I can be living out the values of my faith, language and culture.”