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.”
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 | Social Media and Production Lead
Bridget is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Tainui descent, and leads the team of social media and digital content specialists to develop and deliver content for Safekids Aotearoa and Starship Child Health.
Born and raised at Muriwai Beach on the west coast of Tāmaki Makaurau and with a background in the health sector, Bridget is passionate about serving communities through digital campaigns that empower mokopuna and whānau.
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."
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”.
Molly Woolner | Digital Coordinator
Molly has recently joined the Safekids team as a digital coordinator. A key aspect of her role will be working with team to develop and implement the Safekids digital marketing strategy. Prior to joining the team, Molly cared for tamariki in their home, whilst attending university.
“I am so excited to be able to further develop my knowledge and skill base to keep our tamariki safe and support whānau on this journey. The opportunity to work with such a passionate and knowledgeable team to spread safety and wellbeing messages for tamariki and whānau is a privilege and I am excited to be part of this mahi. “Ko te tamaiti te pūtake o te ao. The child is at the heart of all that we do."
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”
Sienna Stuijt | Integrated Digital Coordinator
Sienna has joined us as an Integrated Digital Coordinator who works between Starship Child Health and Safekids. A key aspect of her role is coordinating 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."