Board Members

The Tongan Health Society Board is central to our services structure. Board members provide the essential guidance and wisdom that is helping the society to achieve its goals and objectives. As our services continue to grow and our financial position strengthens, we are increasingly in a better position to upgrade our facilities and equipment, invest in ongoing training and develop strategies that make it easier for the Auckland Pacific population to access our services.  



Dr Maika Kinahoi Veikune +

Dr Maika Veikune is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators, MPH, he was the Tongan Kings physician (King Tupou IV), Chief Medical Officer-Public Health Division to the Ministry of Health in Tonga and multiple appointments in DHB’s, PHO’s. He was also a member from 2001-2003 of the Healthy Housing Inter-Sectoral Initiative CMDHB and Housing NZ.


Vice Chairperson

Telesia Tonga +

Educationalist and Teacher at Mt Roskill Grammar and runs a homework center largely for Pacific and Maori children. Parish Council Member.

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Board Secretary

Dr Glenn Doherty +

MB ChB 1999 Otago; FRNZCGP 2014

Dr Glenn Doherty has spent more than 16 years helping Māori and Pacific people with their health and wellbeing. As CEO and Medical Director of the Tongan Health Society (THS), he runs an integrated primary health service for 6000 registered clients and approximately 2000 non-registered clients (largely Tongans without residency or visiting from the Pacific Islands).

Since 2013, Doherty has rescued the THS from financial collapse and boosted services at its health centres in Onehunga and Panmure to include dentistry, midwifery, podiatry, psychiatry and dietician services. More recently Dr Doherty has implemented a new Integrated Outcomes Unit focused on justice, housing, immigration, education and employment and community initiatives, as well as clinical issues under a new model of care for families.

Dr Doherty is a practice teacher for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. He is also on the Royal College Education Advisory Group that oversees general practice fellowship training and examinations. More recently he has begun an international strategic collaboration in the Kingdom of Tonga, working with the Tongan Government and Royal Family on a Tongan Outreach Project, and looking at setting up a satellite clinic in Tonga. He is also a key figure in advocating improvement of hepatitis B programmes in Tonga and early screening, diagnosis and treatment of largely undiagnosed chronic conditions. In addition, Dr Doherty is working with a number of NGOs, including the Hepatitis Foundation of NZ, the Blind Foundation of NZ and Arthritis NZ.

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Board Member

Nalesoni Tu'inauvai Tupou +

Barrister with a practice located in Otahuhu, who provides legal advice to a number of charitable organisations.

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Board Member

Pauline Taufa +

Clinical Psychologist, works in practice in South Auckland and runs the Toko Youth Collaboration service funded by the Ministry of Health. Board Chairperson Onehunga Primary School, Executive Committee Member-Pacific Psychologist Network.

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Board Member

Dr Ofa Dewes +

Ofa has worked in the public, private and international sectors and has strong personal and professional links with a number of Pacific countries and with research scientists and clinicians in New Zealand, who continue to influence the direction of her research with Pacific peoples. Ofa is an Affiliate Investigator of the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery/Department of Molecular Medicine & Pathology, and a Research Fellow at the School of Nursing, University of Auckland. She holds a Doctoral degree in Health Science from the University of Auckland and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Southern Cross University. Ofa is Chair of the Health Research Council of NZ Pacific Research Committee. She is Figi-born of Rotuman, Tongan and Tuvaluan ethnicity, with affiliation to Ngati Porou.

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Board Member

Rev ‘Ilaisaane (Saane) Langi +

With a Bachelor of Ministry,(majoring in Cross-cultural mission) from the Bible College of New Zealand, a Certificant of Pacific Nutrition from Auckland University of Technology and a Diploma of Practical Theology from Trinity Theological College, Saane is an inspiring leader and strategic thinker with key strengths in relationship building across different age groups and nationalities and cross cultural communication.


Ex Officio Board Members


Board Legal Adviser

Amelia Schaff +

Barrister and Legal Advisor for THS –Legal Officer and Investigator for Human Rights Commission. Part time Member-Refugees Status Appeal Authority. Immigration Judicial Review Case-Supreme Court.

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Board Treasurer

Jeff Muir +

Society Accountant/Treasurer-Senior Accountant working with Maori and Pacific Providers for approximately 23 years.