Meet the Team

  • GwenBower

    Gwen Anglem-Bower

    Māori Health

    Increasing health and well-being is essential for tamariki and their whānau to reach their full potential in their journey to success and to fulfill their moemoe atea.  I work in education settings supporting and promoting Hauora Māori initiatives with a focus on participation and the Five Ways to Wellbeing.  I also have a community involvement promoting initiatives such as smokefree and healthy food environments and support development opportunities within Māori settings.

    I have studied Business Management, Mental Health, Human Services, Adult teach, Tikanga Māori, Manawa Titi, and A Levels BA Teaching and Learning.  I’ve previously worked across the sectors of Education, Health, Social Services, at all levels.

    I enjoy spending time with whānau and friends and my staffie, Floyd.  I like to have quiet time in the garden, researching and restoring old furniture.  Love the outdoors and being close to the sea.   

  • 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).

  • Andrea Grant

    Andrea Grant

    WAVE Facilitator: Early Childhood Settings

    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.

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    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.

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    Donna McPherson

    Early Childhood Nutrition & Oral Health

    I support Early Childhood settings with nutrition and oral health and  I am part of the oral health pilot ‘Tooth brushing Programme’.

    I have a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Early Childhood and have been working in different Early childhood settings in South Canterbury and North Otago for the last 12 years. I also have a Certificate in Environmental management.

    I spend quality time ki waho- outside with my animal whᾱnau, exploring the uniqueness of Aotearoa and out on the water on my paddleboard.

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    Greg Newton

    WAVE Facilitator: Primary and Secondary Settings

    I 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Annareihana141104

    Anna Reihana

    WAVE Facilitator: Tertiary Settings | Mental Wellbeing, Sexual Health, Smokefree

    I promote mind health and well-being; positive sexuality and relationships; and provide smokefree support 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.

  • Jane Sullivan

    Jane Sullivan

    Active Transport / School Travel Planner

    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!