Meet our kaimahi
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 experience is in child health advocacy, community and digital engagement and she enjoys challenging and disrupting systems to actualise Te Tiriti and equity focused outcomes.
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 "whakapono, her four beautiful tamahine, her hoa rangatira tāne - I strive to be the best that I can be living out the values of my faith, reo and Māoritanga.”
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."
Amu Taranna | Digital Content Creator
Viliamu (Amu) has joined us as a Digital Content Creator. His role primarily involves videography, photography, video editing, script writing and digital content creation.
Prior to joining the team at Safekids, Viliamu was a primary school teacher working in South Auckland. He also ran a content creation company called Nostalgia Video with his brother.
“I love being part of a passionate and talented team, dedicated to making Aotearoa safer for our tamariki."
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.
Sienna Stuijt | Integrated Digital Coordinator
Sienna is an Integrated Digital Coordinator who works between Starship Child Health and Safekids. Key aspects of her role include coordinating and creating digital media for Safekids, website support for Starship and creating content for He Kokona Ngākau, an internal group for Starship kaimahi.
Prior to joining Safekids, Sienna studied Commerce and Science at the University of Auckland, and has also worked for the Hastings District Council.
"I am incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing team for such an important organisation. I am incredibly passionate about health and wellbeing and am excited to be working to support Starship kaimahi, the community, whānau and Aotearoa’s precious tamariki.
Zainab Baba | Digital Coordinator
Zainab joined us at the beginning of 2019 as a Social Media and Administration Assistant. A key aspect of her current role is working on our website and SEO. Zainab is also a fifth year Law student at the University of Auckland and is particularly interested in international and criminal law.
"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."
Oceania Martin | Digital Coordinator & Assistant Producer
Oceania is of Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Porou, me Ngāti Manawa. Oceania has joined us as a Digital Coordinator and Assistant Producer, in which her role consists of bringing her VFX knowledge into our production, and post production pipeline.
Born and raised in Kawerau, Bay of Plenty, Oceania has lived in Tāmaki Makaurau for 3 years.
Prior to joining, Oceania studied 3D Animation and VFX at Media Design School.
Te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere; te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōna te ao.
The bird who partakes of the miro berry owns the forest; the bird who partakes of education owns the world.