Spotlight on: Selah Hart

This week we introduce Selah Hart, our new Chief Executive Officer. Selah grew up in Blenheim and has whakapapa links to Ngāti Kuia, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Apa Ki Te Ra To and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa.

Selah is a well-known face in Māori public health, having worked for Hāpai for nearly ten years in a variety of roles. This depth and breadth of experience at Hāpai has positioned Selah to take the organisation, which has a proud twenty year history of delivering public health services, into the future.

Spotlight on: Aramoana du Feu 

Aramoana is a passionate smokefree advocate. She recently shared her life journey in becoming smokefree to members of parliament at the Beehive last month. Her mantra is RESEARCH your info, to INFORM yourself, to EDUCATE others, and ADVOCATE truthfully. This perspective is one she shares on the internet on her Youtube show, ‘The Ohm Kiwis’, which has helped to support whānau make informed choices on vaping to quit tobacco. 

Spotlight on: Aramoana du Feu 

Aramoana is a passionate smokefree advocate. She recently shared her life journey in becoming smokefree to members of parliament at the Beehive last month. Her mantra is RESEARCH your info, to INFORM yourself, to EDUCATE others, and ADVOCATE truthfully. This perspective is one she shares on the internet on her Youtube show, ‘The Ohm Kiwis’, which has helped to support whānau make informed choices on vaping to quit tobacco. 
E ngā mana, e ngā reo,
E ngā karanga maha e huihui nei,  tēnā tātou katoa.
Ko Taranaki, ko Parapara, ko Maungatapu oku maunga. 

Spotlight on: Saini Semini and Gloria Onelino

In a recent hui with the Counties Manukau smokefree team, we were struck by their enthusiasm and passion for our kaupapa. With this, we wanted to interview one of their ‘newcomers’, Saini Semisi, for whakawhanaungatanga, and her team mate, Gloria Onelino, who brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. It’s always really exciting to welcome new colleagues to our smokefree whanau, full of passion and ideas, working alongside those who have the experience and insight.

Spotlight on: Walter "The Wiz" Walsh

Walter "The Wiz" Walsh is from Ngāti Porou and Te Aitanga a Māhaki and will be awarded a Queen's Service Medal for services to community and broadcasting. A smoking cessation coach at Turanga Health for 6 years, Walsh also volunteers to support charitable initiatives throughout Te Tairāwhiti. Walsh is a voice for the people, and is now is his 29th year as an announcer at Turanga FM.