Mareta Hunt | Director
Ko te tamaiti te pūtake o te ao. The child is at the heart of all that we do. Mareta is of Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Kahungunu me Kai Tahu and brings a strong Māori influence and perspective to the Safekids Aotearoa and the injury prevention sector. Her strengths are in developing insights on equity, advocacy and in seeking the voice of the child, whānau and community.
Mareta has networks across both Māori and Pasifika communities – both personal and professional. She says she feels privileged to be working with such a dynamic, passionate and committed team who are equally passionate in driving change in the injury prevention sector to improve outcomes for tamariki in New Zealand. Mareta says the key to her motivation 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.”
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!”
Bridget Carlson | Digital Co-ordinator
Bridget has taken a 12-month secondment to support the regional vaccination roll-out at the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre.
Bridget has joined the team as our new Digital Co-ordinator, and will manage the development and implementation of Safekids’ digital marketing strategy.
Bridget was born and raised in Muriwai Beach & Tauranga. Before joining Safekids, she worked for Air New Zealand and Hutt City Council.
“Our tamariki are our greatest treasure, and I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to serve my community through Safekids’ unintentional injury prevention messaging. Working with such a knowledgeable and passionate team is empowering, and I hope to be able to share their vast knowledge with our Safekids whānau around Aotearoa”. "He taonga te mokopuna, kia whāngaia, kia tipu, kia rea. A child is a treasure, to be nurtured, to grow, to flourish".
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.
Prior to joining Safekids, Nat worked for a Pacific Island Sexual Health Education organisation for 11 years working in schools, churches and private training establishments using drama and music to promote messages of wellbeing. He went on to work as a Primary School Teacher for seven years in South Auckland before joining Safekids to make digital content. He's always worked as a musician on the weekends and evenings as well as running a couple of YouTube channels with his family. "I love that I am able to be creative and use my experience for the safety of our tamariki and families. I love that Safekids is genuinely family-centred and values-based. They continue to do amazing work with whānau and I'm privileged to be a part of the team."
Lora Waqabitu | Community Engagement Advisor
Lora has joined us as our new Community Engagement Advisor and will work on building relationships with community providers.
Before joining Safekids, Lora was a Youth Programmes Specialist, where she worked closely with young women in high schools and their communities. She was also selected as a delegate of "Young Pacific Leaders 2019" where she represented Fiji and Aotearoa.
Currently she is the President of the West Auckland PACIFICA Branch, which helps serve Pacific women, their families and our communities.
"The work we do is always to benefit the communities and families we serve, and that is the whole of Aotearoa. It is based on facts and data presented in a way that connects with all people. I feel so blessed to be able to be part of a team that works to create change in unintentional injuries especially for our most vulnerable communities." “Ko ira na luveda era i yau tale ena noda tikotiko ” – Our children are the most precious in our community.
Tingting Cui | Programme Coordinator
Tingting has joined us as our new Programme Coordinator. She will be responsible for providing administrative, planning, procurement, logistics expertise, support for the implementation of Safekids’ programmes and the reporting of programme data.
Tingting holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from the University of Auckland. Prior to joining Safekids, Tingting worked as a Community Engagement Coordinator for the Auckland Regional Dental Service and as a Health Promoter for Smokefree at Counties Manukau Health.
“Growing up my whanau and I experienced many hardships despite most of us being second generation immigrants, born in Aotearoa. I’ve learnt and have come to understand that we must be the change that we want to see. Working in hauora services, I strive to advocate for and uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the progression towards reducing systemic inequalities in access to health and health status, particularly for vulnerable tamariki”
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 fourth 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."