E tūtaki ana ngā kapua o te rangi, kei runga, kei runga te Mangoroa e kōpae pū ana || The clouds in the sky close over, but above them spreads the milky way

PADA

Ngā Kaimahi | Our Team

About us

Ngā Kaimahi | Our Team

General Manager

Treena Cooper

After working as a corporate travel agent for 12 years, and a mum to two teenage boys, I bring valuable organisational and personal skills to my part-time role as General Manager. I started work in 2013 as the administrator and it is so exciting to see what PADA has achieved over the years.

A large part of my role is facilitating training and education through the PADA seminar series and online chats, along with overseeing the PADA team, connecting with stakeholders and reporting to the PADA Board.

Communications Manager

Stefanie Dixon

Having been affected with PND after the births of my children, I volunteered for Little Shadow (formerly PND Wellington) in order to create online networks for mothers to connect with and support each other. I combine this experience along with my background in corporate, finance, fundraising, Playcentre Aotearoa and NGO work, with my passion to end stigma around maternal mental health.

Perinatal distress affects the whole whānau and wider community, and I love working with the team at PADA to embrace the power of social media to connect, and equip healthcare providers to improve outcomes for lives of whānau affected throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Originally from the UK, I now live in Wellington with my kiwi husband and two primary school aged children.

Fundraising Manager

Denise Graham

I am responsible for coordinating PADA’s fundraising activities with a focus on grants, events and sponsorship. I have a background in corporate and business management, finance, and fundraising, and these skills will contribute to the amazing work that PADA does throughout Aotearoa. It’s great to be part of a team who are committed to raising awareness and delivering quality services to new parents suffering anxiety and depression.

I have 3 children and lots of grandchildren who are an integral part of my life and every spare moment is spent with them. My husband and I own a bakery and café which also keeps us both very busy.

I enjoy boating and fishing, cooking, gardening, and writing stories.

Finance Coordinator

Sharon Vaka

My role as the Financial Co-ordinator is a part-time role of 5 hours per week. I am responsible for all things Financial. My background is in Hospitality Management which has taken me to many corners of the world. I now specialise in Accounts Management and Human Resources for a variety of small and medium businesses.

I am also mum to two precious primary school aged children. I am excited to transfer my skills to a PADA which is making a positive difference in the life of Kiwi families.

About us

Ngā Kaiako | Our Educators

Kaiako Māori | PADA Educator Māori

Joanne Rama

Ko Joanne Rama taku ingoa
Ko Pirongia me Taupiri aku Maunga
Ko Waipapa me Waikato aku awa
Ko Kahotea taku marae
Ko Ngati Apakura taku iwi
Ko Ngati Hinetu taku hapu
Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou

I am the partner of John, mother to 11, godmother of 2, and Nanny Jo to 13 mokopuna. I am a daughter, sister, aunty, and cousin to many.

I graduated as a registered nurse in 1990, and as a midwife in 1992. I was one of the first LMC Māori Midwives to practice in South Auckland and spent 18 years providing care for Māori whānau, during this time I was a founding member of Putea o Pua trust that created what is now know as Turuki Health Care in Mangere. I was Hapūtanga Kaiārahi for Ngati Whatua ki Orakei 2014- 2020 and I also helped establish Nga Maia which is the National Māori midwives organisation.

My passion was and still is to restore traditional Māori birth knowledge and wisdom to whānau. My other passion is Maternal Mental Health. I have lived experience with perinatal depression as do my daughters and nieces.

I also work as a alcohol and drug professional at the social detox at The Auckland City Mission, I contract to ADHB to provide community, pregnancy and parenting programmes. I am excited about supporting PADA to continue shining the light on the dark little corner of Maternal Mental Health through the creation and provision of our Hine Tu Hine Ora program. I am the current Kaumātua and Cultural Advisor to PADA.

Kaiako | PADA Educator

Liora Noy

Liora is a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), with a Master in Public Health Education, now in her final month of completing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. She has most recently worked as a Tamariki Ora (Well Child) nurse. Liora runs breastfeeding support clinics in Wellington and in the Hutt, and teaches antenatal breastfeeding classes, as well as a PND class she developed 3 years ago for Birth ED.

Originally from Mexico, she has lived in Israel, California and Hawaii and has worked with a variety of ethnic populations and refugees. She has three children, ages 10-19. She is passionate about supporting parents affected by Postnatal Distress, having been deeply affected herself by PND. She has a been a peer counsellor for Little Shadow (formerly PND Wellington) for 7 years, facilitated SPACE groups for mums with PND, and regularly conducts presentations about perinatal mental health to a variety of providers and groups.