Meet the Team

  • Debbiejohnstone141105

    Debbie Johnstone

    WAVE Facilitator: Early Childhood Settings

    I support early childhood settings to improve their health and well-being outcomes. I believe in the importance of involving whānau and community, and in a holistic approach to health and well-being.

    I have previously worked in early childhood education, and I have a Diploma of Teaching, ECE. As well as setting up and running a preschool, I taught for many years in a range of ECE centres. During this time supporting and guiding new teaching graduates was a particular passion.

    I value spending time with my family, especially our energetic grandchildren, who are lots of fun. While not always gifted with green fingers, I find spending time in the vegetable and flower gardens the best way to unwind after a busy day.

  • Janetquigley141204

    Janet Quigley

    WAVE Facilitator: Primary and Secondary Settings

    I work with schools to improve the health and well-being of their students and staff by developing and implementing sustainable programmes. I believe in the importance of working collaboratively with communities.

    While I have worked in a number of sectors, my previous roles have all involved supporting people to improve their outcomes, whether that has been working with the school dental service or with trade unions. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Therapy.

    I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and our two dogs. I also like camping and spending time outdoors in the sunshine.

  • Josh South130118

    Josh South

    WAVE Facilitator: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Settings

    I work with schools and tertiary settings to improve their health and well-being outcomes. I also broker support from other organisations to help settings effectively implement health and well-being initiatives.

    My career and academic background is in youth work, and I also have qualifications in sport and fitness. My sporting interests are shown through my passionate support of the All Blacks and my involvement as an international swimming representative for Paralympics New Zealand.

    I enjoy spending time with my family, whether that is taking our children to the swimming pool or skate park, or spending time with them relaxing at home.

  • Gregnewton141104

    Greg Newton

    WAVE Facilitator: Primary and Secondary Settings | Physical Activity

    I work with secondary schools to increase students’ physical activity. I also work with primary and secondary schools to improve their health and well-being outcomes.

    I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health from the University of Canterbury, as well as a Diploma in Marketing.

    I enjoy sports and fitness, particularly walking, biking and going to the gym. I am also involved with softball coaching, and I currently coach the Canterbury men’s team, and the national under-17 boys’ team.

  • Annareihana141104

    Anna Reihana

    WAVE Facilitator: Tertiary Settings | Mental and Sexual Health

    I promote mind health and well-being, and positive sexuality and relationships to all education settings. I also work with tertiary settings to improve the health and well-being of students, staff and whānau.

    I have previously worked in the tertiary sector tutoring young adults, and have qualifications in social work, counselling, adult teaching, and health promotion. I am currently studying towards a Diploma in Arts and Media.

    I like to spend my spare time with my family, including my children and my grandson. I grew up in a farming family, and enjoy spending time outside in a sunny spot, indulging my passions for reading and art.

  • Heatherallington140716

    Heather Allington

    Nutrition

    I work with education settings to promote and build positive healthy eating environments.

    I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrition and a Diploma in Public Health at the University of Otago.

    I am always keen to be outdoors, and in my spare time you will find me at the beach, in the snow, or climbing a mountain.

  • Suzywaaka1204013

    Suzy Waaka

    Māori Health

    I support education settings to increase the presence, engagement and achievement of their Māori students. I believe that improving health and well-being outcomes for Māori has a flow-on effect towards raising education outcomes.

    I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Studies from Te Wananga o Raukawa. I have worked in a number of health-related roles, including as a Kaiawhina for Plunket, and as the Healthy Eating - Healthy Action Planning and Funding Portfolio Manager for the West Coast DHB.

    I am still involved in Plunket and am on the South Canterbury DHB Māori Advisory Committee, as well as board roles with Timaru Māori Women’s Welfare League and the Arowhenua Incorporated Society. In my spare time, I enjoy researching my whakapapa and participating in all things related to Te Ao Māori - the world of Māori.

  • Wayne Cummings

    Wayne Cummings

    Alcohol Harm Reduction

    My role is to reduce the harm that alcohol causes to our community through health promotion and education and inquiring into liquor licence applications.

    I retired from the Queensland Police Service after 30 years’ service, during which time I was fortunate enough to have served in The Explosive ordinance Reconnaissance Team (Bomb Squad), Riot Squad, Highway Patrol, Disaster Victim Identification Squad and Police Citizens Youth Club.

    I am a qualified Linesman/Cable joiner, A grade Automotive Engineer and hold a Diploma in Public Safety (Policing).

    I enjoy travelling and love spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading and recreational target shooting. I enjoy Rugby and have always been an unfaltering supporter of the All Blacks (despite being surrounded by Australian Wallabies fans).

  • AllyPieromaldi151006

    Ally Pieromaldi

    WAVE Administrator

    I am involved in all aspects of the administration of the WAVE programme, including coordinating and producing resources and newsletters, and providing administration support to the team.

    I have spent many years in the PA/administration field, both in NZ and overseas.  I am also Board Secretary at my son’s school and “lollypop lady” at the school crossing.  In my spare time (of which I don’t have much), I enjoy spending time at home with my family, am a keen gardener and love all things crafty – card marking, knitting, sewing and jewellery making.

  • Jane Sullivan

    Jane Sullivan

    Health Promoter – School Travel Plans

    By working in partnership with schools, the local council and police, my role through the school travel plan process aims to bring positive changes in attitudes and travel behaviour to support healthy and positive lifestyle choices among students, parents and school staff. 

    I have recently returned to work in health promotion. My working life has included various roles in education, sport and aquatic facility management and business ownership.  I have a Master’s degree in Physical Education, majoring in sport and exercise psychology.  I am passionate about young people having positive experiences in sport and physical activity pursuits that leads them to a lifetime involvement.

    I love swimming for fitness and have enjoyed many years of competing in swimming, triathlons and cycle racing at a national and international level.  I enjoy following my own children’s sport and interests, and my book club is my passive leisure tonic!

  • Hazel Guyan

    Hazel Guyan

    Smokefree Health Promoter

    I work with education settings to provide Smokefree (Auahi Kore) support, including assisting with policy development, staff training, and promoting a Smokefree environment.

    I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from the University of Otago.

    I like to spend time with my family and friends in Oamaru and Christchurch. I enjoy reading and art.

  • HacerTekinkaya150831

    Hacer Tekinkaya

    Oral Health and Child Nutrition

    I work with early childhood settings to improve nutrition and oral health. I also do home visits where I provide oral health and nutrition support to families of children under 5 who are at risk of developing tooth decay.

    I have a Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Auckland and I am a registered dietitian.

    I enjoy spending time with my nephews and niece down in Dunedin and being involved in the community.  I look forward to seeing more of South Canterbury and meeting the community here!

  • JanineRoux150902

    Janine Roux

    Sport Canterbury

    I have worked with Sport Canterbury since 2014 as I am passionate about helping people achieve goals related to personal health and happiness through physical activity.

    My role involves working with education settings, sports clubs and community organisations to develop young people’s sporting skills and self-confidence – aiming to encourage lifelong sporting involvement within the region. I also help facilitate and coordinate secondary school sports events throughout South Canterbury.

    Outside of the office, I am a keen tramper and cyclist and I enjoy making the most of South Canterbury’s outdoor recreation opportunities.