Dr Southwick is the Chair of the Pacific Wellbeing and Prosperity Trust board. She was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for contributions to Pacific Communities in 2009.
Dr Southwick serves on various advisory committees and brings extensive governance and leadership experience to the Board. She is also the Chair of the Pacific Neighbourhood Nursing Services Trust (t/a Vaka Atafaga Pacific Nursing Service), and sits on the establishment board of the Pasefika Housing Trust.She was previously Chair of the NZ Nursing Council.
Dr Southwick has worked as a Senior Lecturer, Head of School and Dean in the nursing departments at various tertiary institutions in New Zealand.
Reverend Liko is the chair of Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley Incorporated and is the current Church Minister of the Congregational Church of Samoan Upper Hutt Parish. He has a wealth of experience in management and government agencies where he worked prior to entering Malua Theological College. Reverend Liko is a very active member of the Samoan community in Upper Hutt.
Reverend Nove Vailaau is CEO of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (EFKS) New Zealand Trust, which he established to liaise with government to address issues impacting New Zealand Samoans. He has been Church Minister of the Porirua EFKS for 22 years.
Reverend Nove helped establish the Atamu Porirua EFKS Incorporated and the Aoga Amata Porirua, community-driven organisations that help young Samoans.
Reverend Nove has been a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council for the Minister for Pacific Peoples, the Ministry of Education’s Pasefika Talanoa Group, and the Ministry of Health’s Pacific Advisory Group. He was Chair of the Porirua Pacific Church Ministers Group and is a member of the Wellington Samoan Faifeau (Church Ministers) Group.
Karopaerangi is an experienced public servant and diplomat. She has served in senior leadership roles in the Cook Islands and New Zealand.
Karopaerangi has developed and led significant programmes of work within the areas of international relations and public policy, including a national coordination role supporting the Cook Islands COVID-19 response.
She is a past President of the Waikato University Cook Islands Association 2008 and 2009, and in 2010, Karopaerangi led the establishment of the Waikato University Pacific Islands Student Association– a formal advisory body comprised of Waikato University students of Pacific descent, elected by their peers to provide advice, guidance, and advocacy for Pacific student issues to the Waikato Students Union, Waikato University executive and the Waikato University Pacific Committee.
Karopaerangi is of Cook Islands Māori descent, hailing from the islands of Mauke and Mangaia.