WHAT IS HEALTHY FAMILIES WAITAKERE?

Healthy Families NZ is a national initiative funded by the Ministry of Health. Healthy Families Waitakere are one of ten teams across Aotearoa involved, led by Sport Waitakere. We have a dedicated workforce to improve people's health in the places where we spend our time - where we live, learn, work and play.

Our team work alongside communities to bring local leaders, champions and key people together to think differently about the causes of poor health. We collaborate with others to make healthy choices easier in the places where we spend our time - early childhood education services, schools, workplaces, sports clubs and more.

We support communities to:

Eat well

Eat well

Be physically active

Be physically active

Be smoke-free

Be smoke-free

Drink alcohol in moderation

Drink alcohol in moderation

 

We are a member of the Healthy Auckland Together coalition working together to change the policy, infrastructure design and planning of our environment to encourage physical activity and good nutrition. This means looking across the whole system - transport, urban planning, food supply and retail, education and business, so all Aucklanders benefit.


MEET OUR TEAM OF CHANGE MAKERS

We are an assorted mix of world views, knowledge and skills, but we all share a passion for the health and wellbeing of our community. When we are not playing lunchtime sport with our fellow Sport Waitakere whānau, we are working hard to think bigger, drive innovation and create healthy change.
 

 
Kerry Allan    Manager   – wants our future generations to live long and healthy lives  Kerry has been working in the Sport and Recreation sector for over 25 years. As a Manager, she influences and challenges current health promotion activities and ensures a coordinated approach to health.She holds a Bachelor of PE majoring in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Biochemistry from Otago University. Kerry spends her weekends supporting her 4 children from the football sideline and walking her 2 dogs in the Ranges.  Contact Kerry-   kerry.allan@sportwaitakere.nz    09 390 4362

Kerry Allan
Manager
– wants our future generations to live long and healthy lives

Kerry has been working in the Sport and Recreation sector for over 25 years. As a Manager, she influences and challenges current health promotion activities and ensures a coordinated approach to health.She holds a Bachelor of PE majoring in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Biochemistry from Otago University. Kerry spends her weekends supporting her 4 children from the football sideline and walking her 2 dogs in the Ranges.

Contact Kerry-

kerry.allan@sportwaitakere.nz

09 390 4362

Vikki Ham    Kaiwhakaauaha p  ūnaha, Māori Systems Innovator     - wants to give back to her community  Spending her teenage years in Waitakere, Vikki has over 15 experience working in various public health roles, during that time she had 2 boys and 1 mokopuna. Vikki holds a Bachelor majoring in Economic Development Business Management and a postgraduate health science degree in Leadership and Management from AUT. As Settings Coordinator, Vikki oversees the workplace, school, early childhood education settings and policy areas – Nga manaakitanga piki te ora ki a koutou katoa  Contact Vikki-   vikki.ham@sportwaitakere.nz   09 390 3412

Vikki Ham
Kaiwhakaauaha pūnaha, Māori Systems Innovator 
- wants to give back to her community

Spending her teenage years in Waitakere, Vikki has over 15 experience working in various public health roles, during that time she had 2 boys and 1 mokopuna. Vikki holds a Bachelor majoring in Economic Development Business Management and a postgraduate health science degree in Leadership and Management from AUT. As Settings Coordinator, Vikki oversees the workplace, school, early childhood education settings and policy areas – Nga manaakitanga piki te ora ki a koutou katoa

Contact Vikki-

vikki.ham@sportwaitakere.nz

09 390 3412

Michele Eickstaedt    Activator   – wants to make healthy eating a priority for everyone  Michele is passionate about empowering people to turn challenges into opportunities to create value in life. Her role as an activator is to identify and support opportunities to improve the food/nutrition environment in places where people live, learn, work and play. Michele is a Registered Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics and MSc in Human Nutrition from Massey University. She has worked in public health, the food industry, sports nutrition and research.  Contact Michele-   michele.eickstaedt@sportwaitakere.co.nz   09 966 3120 

Michele Eickstaedt
Activator
– wants to make healthy eating a priority for everyone

Michele is passionate about empowering people to turn challenges into opportunities to create value in life. Her role as an activator is to identify and support opportunities to improve the food/nutrition environment in places where people live, learn, work and play. Michele is a Registered Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics and MSc in Human Nutrition from Massey University. She has worked in public health, the food industry, sports nutrition and research.

Contact Michele-

michele.eickstaedt@sportwaitakere.co.nz

09 966 3120 

Debbie Raroa    Activator   – wants communities to share their voice in things that matter  Debbie is a qualified medical laboratory technician with a Certificate in Applied Science and a Diploma in Enrolled Nursing. Debbie’s weekends are dedicated to her softball team and discovering West Auckland on walks with her husband. An avid sport and Roger Federer follower, Debbie’s role as an Activator is to support community to identify issues and implement change in Māori health, school and sports club settings.  Contact Debbie-   debbie.raroa@sportwaitakere.nz   09 390 4386   

Debbie Raroa 
Activator
– wants communities to share their voice in things that matter

Debbie is a qualified medical laboratory technician with a Certificate in Applied Science and a Diploma in Enrolled Nursing. Debbie’s weekends are dedicated to her softball team and discovering West Auckland on walks with her husband. An avid sport and Roger Federer follower, Debbie’s role as an Activator is to support community to identify issues and implement change in Māori health, school and sports club settings.

Contact Debbie-

debbie.raroa@sportwaitakere.nz

09 390 4386