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Meet our Team

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FA'ALAGILAGI FINAU
Founder / Secretary

Humbled and honoured – is how I feel when I am asked about Project Village.

The great loss of my mother, aged 81 in 2021, turned my pain into a purpose. COVID-19 lockdown presented a new set of challenges for mum and my family. I was determined to beat it! Project Village was born.

 

What fuels my determination even further is the realisation of a pressing need within our community—the need for improved care in the comfort of one’s own home. Strengthen what remains and empower primary caregivers and families to  enhance the overall quality of life for their loved ones.
 

Over the past 15 years, I have had the privilege of working in various roles within the field of HR (Human Resources), spanning across diverse industries such as education, health, transport, and retail. Gained a Diploma in Human Resources. Throughout my career, I have collected invaluable experience in administration, recruitment, and advisory, but it is my unwavering passion for creating an environment where every person feels valued, sees their potential, empowered, respected, and appreciated.
 

I am a New Zealand born Samoan raised in Upper Hutt. My mother Tumua is from Sagone, Sasina, Fagae’e in Savai’i and my father Fepulea’i is from Safa’atoa, Lefaga Apia and Matavai, Savai’i.  I have one brother and three sisters. Married to Tai Moananu, together, we have  three amazing children. The eldest, Yasmin-Taila is married to Philip and their two precious treasures, Taya-Rose and Ella. Next is daughter, Sophia and son, Luca.
 

TOA Manuia is empowerment to our loved ones. Strengthen what remains for our communities and generations. Together, we can do so much more.

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GLENDA BARRATT
Chair

Glenda is Councillor for Central Ward, Hutt City Council.

Having spent 13 years as a Councillor she will continue to listen and advocate for you and the residents. For the past 14 years, she has successfully held the role as Manager of an international company based in central Lower Hutt. In addition to her roles, she is also a J.P. Rotarian, Wedding and Funeral Celebrant, Former Chair Community Accessibility Advisory Committee and Author of childrens books.

 

She is a beautiful mother & grandmother who gives tirelessly. Her precious heart is filled with so much love for her family and community. She is a great teacher of compassion, love and fearlessnes.

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ORQUIDEA
TAMAYO-MORTERA

Deputy Chair

Orquidea is a Mexican New Zealander. Orquidea is a Registered Diversional and Recreational Therapist (RDRTh) -current President for the New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapists Inc
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She has 15 years of experience in the therapeutic recreation area and has worked in mental health, community, developmental disabilities, and aged care. Gained a BA on International Relations and Human Rights, National Certifications inDRTh, Business Growth and Development, Leadership and Management, Operational Health and Safety, Adult Education (Vocational /Workplace), Dementia, Gerontology, Assessment Practice, Disabilities Support, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Mental Health First Aid – LifeKeeper, Mobility Transport.
 

Orquidea believes DRThs are hidden treasures in plain sight. To learn more about Orquidea visit;
 

Web: https://diversionaltherapy.net.nz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NZSDRT/

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Josh is a Chartered Accountant based in the wider Wellington area. With 7 years’ experience working with many other charities and non-for-profits, Josh is excited about using his skill set to work with a charity with an amazing mission and vision.
 

Josh is passionate about working with start-up charities and businesses and gets a lot of reward out of seeing them succeed. Having a farming background, Josh loves to get outside and enjoy the sun but also cannot miss out on the latest Formula 1 race.

JOSH BOYACK
Treasurer

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Linda is the Managing Director of Quality Life. Founded together with her husband in 2013, the aim of improving the Quality of Life for people living with age related frailty and dementia.

 

Quality Life continue to provide ongoing support to many home care residents and individuals.
 

To learn more about Linda visit www.qualitylife.org.nz
 

COMPASSION, DIGNITY, AND RESPECT

LINDA HOOGENBOOM
Board Member

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Vaelupe Hill, of Samoan Desent, is a Registered Diversional and Recreational Therapist and the first Pacific Islander to be registered under the NZ Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapists. With 20 years of experience in aged care services.

Vaelupe currently leads the Diversional and Recreational Therapy team at Oceania Healthcare in Elmwood Village. She conducts residents assessments and designs programs aimed at improving the quality of life and enhancing the wellbeing of the community.  

Family, culture and Christian faith are significant aspects of Vaelupe’s life, guiding her values and commitment to her work.

LUPE HILL
Team Leader and Registered Diversional & Recreational Therapist

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