Our Board

Uesifili Unasa - Board Chair

Uesifili Unasa is of Samoan descent and is an ordained Methodist Minister and a senior leader in the national Methodist mission.


Uesifili is an ordained minister in the Methodist Church of New Zealand. He is currently an Ecumenical Chaplain at the North Shore Hospital.


Uesifili has interest in national and international political processes having completed post-graduate studies in U.S foreign policies post World War II and New Zealand political history.

Stephanie Erick

Stephanie Erick is Niuean and is a public health leader with more than 15 years’ experience in designing and leading successful projects.


She is skilled in national advocacy, workforce development, media, research and community mobilisation and has a wealth of public sector experience and knowledge, having worked with national NGOs, DHBs, PHOs and a range of non-health entities. 

Apulu Reece Autagavaia

Apulu Reece Autagavaia is a lawyer practising in Manukau. He started his legal career at large city law firms, having worked on a range of civil and commercial disputes.


Apulu Reece is active in the community including being elected on to the Counties Manukau DHB Board and the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, sitting on the Tangata o le Moana Pacific Health Network steering group, and the Trust for the Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101 community programmes.


He was bestowed the matai title of Apulu from his maternal family in Faleasiu, Samoa. Apulu Reece is married, with two sons, and lives in Papatoetoe.

Tuaopepe Abba Fidow

Abba has worked in policy and strategy roles across central and local government for more than 15 years.


He has been a senior policy analyst at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (now Pacific Peoples) and the Ministry of Social Development.


He has also worked as a manager of community and social policy within Auckland Council. Tuaopepe is of Samoan descent.

Anne Fitisemanu

Anne is of Samoan descent and is currently the CEO of Tupu Toa and previously the Community Manager of Pacific Health with Counties Manukau DHB.


Her background is in Pacific health, workforce development, Pacific Best Practice Training and Youth Development.