Ann Weaver (MPP, CQSW, Dip Applied Social Studies), Director
Ann has a passion for people and in particular, advocating for the safety and wellbeing of New Zealand children. Ann began her career with a qualification in social work which led on to a career in public sector management. With a Masters in Public Policy, Ann has held senior management and leadership roles in both community-based services and government organizations. She has also served on several elected boards and internationally convened committees. Ann’s strengths are in the delivery and implementation of legislative- and regulatory change-practice within the health and welfare sectors. When she is not campaigning for the health and safety of New Zealand children. Ann enjoys travelling and spending time with her 6 grandchildren.
Alessandra Françóia (BS/Soc Com, MBA), Injury Prevention Advisor
Alessandra has a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication – Journalism, and has an MBA in Project Management specialising in Social Responsibility. She is from Brazil and has worked in Criança Segura Brasil (Safe Kids Brazil) for 14 years. Some of the great things she helped develop in her previous role include the implementation of mandatory use of car seats and safety standards, and the development of a training program on child injury prevention that reached more than 500,000 families.
At Safekids Aotearoa her primary role is to develop programmes and support coalitions in their injury prevention work. In her free time she loves to run, watch movies and read books.
Anthony Rola (BA, BJ), Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator
Anthony is trained journalist and a communications expert with experience in a variety of fields, including marketing, advertising, employee communications, public and media relations, publishing, stakeholder communications, community and government relations. Anthony helped develop award-winning public awareness campaigns that is recognised in NZ and around the world.
Anthony holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, and enjoys running, tramping and cycling with his three children.
Blackie Tohiariki, Kaitakawaenga/ Cultural Liaison & Advisor
Blackie is the youngest of a family of 11. Born and bred in Frasertown Wairoa, he attended Te Aute College ('73-'77) and Palmerston North Teachers College ('78-'80). Blackies' background and teaching experience is in Education--primary, secondary, tertiary, bi-lingual, total immersion. He also conducts marae and community based facilitation, and cultural assessment within organisations. Blackie comes from a rural upbringing and is now living in a city of diverse cultural ethnicities. The safety and well being of all Kiwi children has always been his passion, and is a challenge that Blackie is totally committed to.
Blackie enjoys his cultural commitments, hunting and fishing, travelling and performing (kapahaka), socialising and ALL sports. Kawea ki uta - Bring it on !!!
Gervaise Ledger (Grad Dip.), Team Support
Gervaise’s background is in Graphic Design, the printing industry and sales. Under graphic design she has worked on a variety of projects involving children and young people with Parenting Inc., Youth Law, Human Rights, and The Ministry Justice (Dept of Courts) among others.
Gervaise worked in Sales and promotions for 5 years and also managed databases and customer accounts. In her spare time Gervaise enjoys movies, training and walking her 2 dogs and painting.
Heather Robertson (MPH), Policy Analyst
Heather brings to the role a varied work background including commencing her working life as an Occupational Therapist in the Mental Health field. In later years following having children she has worked in various roles including a Community Development Officer for an NGO, working in child focused health research teams and teaching at AUT University in the Ethics and Health Promotion fields.
Heather holds a Master in Public Health. She enjoys music, reading, gardening and travel outside of work.
Helena Westwick (MA, MLIS, Dip. Mgt, AP, RLIANZA), Information Specialist
Helena’s background is in corporate librarianship, web content management and communications and marketing. She has an NZIM Diploma in Management from the Open Polytechnic, an MA from The University of Auckland and an MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Studies) from Victoria University of Wellington.
Helena has previously worked in local government and the tertiary education sectors. She is a registered librarian (RLIANZA) and an Associate Professional of the Marketing Association. She’s currently undertaking the New Zealand Diploma in Public Relations and Communication Management through the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
In her spare time she enjoys movies, cooking, reading, yoga and competitive ballroom dancing.
Joanna Milne - PA to Director
Joanna or Jo is Ann's personal assistant and manages the day-to-day operations at Safekids Aotearoa. Jo has held similar positions at various teams within Auckland District Health Board.
Moses Alatini (BA, BA [Hons], MA [Hons]), Policy Analyst
Moses holds a Master’s degree in Political Studies from the University of Auckland. Before joining Safekids Aotearoa he was an analyst for Statistics New Zealand in Wellington. Moses also became a Senior Analyst at Statistics NZ and was also the project manager for the New Zealand Income Survey.
Moses’ current role is to support the development of child injury prevention policy advice and advocacy through policy responses, submissions and documents that reflect understanding of the policy and relationship issues involved. Other core roles include analytical and strategic thinking and planning; coordinate and contribute to the process of policy development and implementation across the injury prevention workforce, and also manage stakeholder relationships.
Moses is married to Mele and both are of Tongan heritage. They are also the parents of two boys.
Victoria Jarvis, Coalition Coordinator
Vikki joined Safekids Aotearoa in 2001 and has been an integral part in helping build community support for campaigns and programmes, and connecting with injury prevention workers and child safety groups across New Zealand. Vikki is also an excellent multitasker—in between organising workshops and supporting injury prevention groups, Vikki is busy homemaker and mum of three children.