Empowerment, Education, Enterprise
Our Board is made up of a talented group of professionals working in health, education and the corporate sectors and includes Tevita Funaki (Chair), John Patterson, Tapuai Fa'amalua Tipi, Kenina Court and Peter Sherwin.
Tevita is the Chief Executive Officer of The Fono (since July 2010), with an extensive career working with Pacific communities in health and education. Born in New Zealand and raised in Tonga, Tevita leads the operational arm of The Fono. Prior to joining The Fono Tevita was the Pacific Health Manager for ProCare Health Ltd and was the National Pasifika Liaison Advisor for Massey University. He has also managed an Employment Consultancy and Project Management Services firm and worked in health services. Currently Tevita is the Chair of ProCare Network Ltd, Member of the Auckland City Council Pacific Advisory Panel, Member of the NZ Police Commissioner Pacific Board, Member of the Waitemata Police District Commander Pacific Advisory Board. Tevita is an active member of the Pasifika community for West Auckland and a strong advocate for their wellbeing. He is a member of the MSD-Auckland West Community Response Model Forum. Tevita is a member of the Avondale Tongan Catholic community; the Board of Trustees Chairperson of St Mary’s School, Avondale and sits on a number of community boards.
John is a Board Member of Maori decent, with an extensive career in health, including 25 years’ experience developing Maori Health operational strategy for Waitemata and Auckland DHB’s, where he is currently employed. He also has 18 years engineering experience with the NZ Railways. John’s particular expertise is in strategic operational management and community provider relationships and development. In addition to his commitments with OCA, he is a Board Member of The Fono, a Roopu Member at Massey Primary School and a Board Member of Ronald McDonald House Trust.
Of Samoan descent, Tapuai is currently a lecturer at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education. He has been involved with research projects in his current area that include adult education, equality and equity and pathways for Pasifika sports athletes and is also involved in other Educational boards that include a total immersion Samoan language nest called Leataata O Tupulaga O le Pasifika preschool in West Harbour/Massey and Board of Trustee member for Gladstone Primary School. Tapuai was a professional rugby player in the late 1990’s – early 2000’s, and works with sports agencies such as Auckland rugby and High Performance sport New Zealand as a consultant on Pasifika sports athletes and career pathways. He is currently enrolled in PhD studies looking at Male Pasifika undergraduates in University studies and tracking why they are pursuing a qualification. Tapuai is the Chair of The Fono Board in addition to his Board position at OCA.
Kenina is a Principal in the Business Advisory team at Accountancy Firm Crowe Howarth (formerly WHK) based in the North Shore office. Prior to this, Kenina had a number of roles in middle and senior management before founding Acorn Solutions Limited in 2000 (a chartered accounting firm) and selling this business to WHK in April 2011. Kenina has over 20 years of commercial experience and is known for her ability to think strategically, laterally and creatively. Her solid 'hands on' business experience allows her to find practical and out of the box solutions to the challenges that organisations face. Kenina has experience in a number of industries including Retail, Import and Wholesale, Property, Manufacturing, Franchising and Professional Services. She is also a Board Member of the Pacific Business Trust.
Peter has more than 20 years of experience working in the tertiary sector. He began as a REAP Community Education Organiser and his most recent institutional position was as Academic Director at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga. As such he had ultimate responsibility within the organisation for programme delivery, academic policy, standards and audit, academic partnerships and managing the polytechnic's international student operation. He has completed a significant number of strategic projects for tertiary institutions throughout New Zealand. His qualifications include an MBA and a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Research. Peter is a Lead Evaluator with NZQA and a professional advisor to the NZQA targeted review process.