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.

  • Andrea Grant

    Andrea Grant

    WAVE Facilitator: Early Childhood

    I support early childhood settings to embed health and well-being into everyday teaching and learning and the structure of their centres.  I also believe in the importance of involving whānau and community, and in a holistic approach to health and well-being.

    My career and academic background is in nutrition and research, and I have previously worked as the Healthy Workplace coordinator at Community and Public Health supporting workplaces to make health and well-being part of the everyday business at work.  I believe in working together to make the healthy choice the easy choice, particularly with fruit and vegetables!

    I enjoy spending time listening to or playing music, spending time with my family at home or around South Canterbury (often watching sport!), and am developing a small vege garden which I find is a peaceful way to end the day.

  • 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!

  • AllyPieromaldi151006

    Ally Pieromaldi

    WAVE Administrator

    I am the WAVE Administrator for the WAVE programme which includes being responsible for the WAVE Resource Centre, WAVE South Canterbury Facebook page, and the WAVE website.  I also coordinate and produce the WAVE newsletter, and provide administration support to the team.

    I have spent many years in the PA/administration field, both in NZ and overseas.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, am a keen gardener and love all things crafty – particulary, quilting, bag-making, knitting, card marking and cross-stitching.

  • 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).

  • 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!