About Penina

Penina Health Trust

Penina Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of people with experience in organisational governance and management, clinical expertise, service user expertise, etc. The governance of the board is chaired by Mr Soane Foliaki. At the operations level, Penina has a robust management infrastructure headed by its CEO, Roine Lealaiauloto. The Service delivery is overseen by the General Manager for Mental Health and Wellbeing services, Mrs Angeline Hekau, and our Finance sector is headed by Mr Anura Jayasekara.

Mission, Philosophy and Values of Penina Health Trust


The Mission of Penina is simple but concise:

“To provide quality support that enhances holistic wellness.”


Penina's Philosophy of Care is: 

Penina Trust is committed to the principle of recovery. We exist to support people on their journey through illness and towards recovery. Recovery for Penina, is about enabling people to take control of their own lives with a view to achieving their full potential. Penina will support people towards recovery through the delivery of timely, appropriate and safe services delivered by professional, competent staff whilst respecting the dignity and mana/mamalu of all those that they work with.

The Values of Penina Trust include:

  • Sacredness of life
  • Faa-Pasefika (Pacific way)
  • Love, Compassion and Care
  • Valuing of People
  • Cultural Integrity
  • Respect
  • Acceptance
  • Honesty
  • Quality
  • Family and Community

Profile of the Board of Trustees

Soane Foliaki


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Soane Foliaki, our Chairperson, has been in practice as a Barrister and as a Solicitor in two separate firms for about 26 years. Very involved and a huge supporter of Pacific Sports. Coached Rugby through school and club level for many a season. Passionate about community initiatives. Currently employed at the Community Law Centre (South Auckland) and also a passion for advocating for the underprivileged and those in need of legal assistance and legal representation.

Roine Lealaiauloto

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Roine Lealaiauloto is trained in the area of social work. Roine holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Massey University, Palmerston North. Roine has worked in various areas including; child and youth with the Child, Youth and Family Service, A resettlement programme for Samoan peoples migrating to New Zealand under the Western Samoan quota, Counsellor for the Fiaola Centre, which was a support centre in Apia, Western Samoa which supported the rehabilitation of young peoples who had made serious attempts at suicide. Roine later worked as a social worker for Kingseat Hospital and then in 1994 moved into the area of management when she worked as a Project Manager for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. In 1996 Roine worked as the Policy and Projects Manager for Pacificare Trust. Since leaving Pacificare Trust, Roine worked on various short-term consultancy contracts with the Ministry of Health.

She founded Penina Pacific Health Ltd in 2001 (later known as Penina Health Trust). Roine is currently completing her Masters in Business Administration through Southern Cross University, Australia (satellited at Manukau Institute of Technology). Roine currently holds the position of Chief Executive for Penina.

Kevin Clapperton


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Kevin Clappertonhas a strong finance and administration background with early roles in the Higher Education sector within NZ, including a period with what is now AUT and including a period as the founding Registrar of what is now North Tec in Whangarei. This was followed by seventeen years at Papua New Guinea’s University of Technology in Lae including six years as the University Bursar and seven years as the University’s Planning Director.

In 2000 Kevin joined Oxfam New Zealand as their Finance and Admin Director and held that post until 2010 when he commenced his retirement planning, taking on a newer more specialised role as the International Programme Finance Manager until he retired in 2015.

He has, from this experience, developed an extensive array of administrative, organizational, management, finance and planning skills which he continues to put into practice by providing financial and administrative support to several charities since he retired, including Oxfam New Zealand, ECPAT Child Alert, Penina Health Trust and Child Fund, some as Treasurer.

Away from this Kevin is a keen fisherman owning his own boat and is able to spend more time in his garden and music in retirement on the Thames Coast.

Gillian Hekau

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Gillian Hekau is also a qualified social worker, graduating from Brigham Young University in Hawaii with a Bachelor of Social Work. Gillian has worked in a number of different areas both within the health and other related fields. Gillian started off in social work at Princess Mary Hospital, working with children and youth. Later she worked in more generic areas of hospital social work. Gillian has also had experience in travel as she worked as an Air Hostess on International Flights. Gillian’s first experience in social work was when she worked for South Auckland Health for three years in the Community Mental Health Team, Otara. Later Gillian took a break from health to manage in the Niue Education Office. After one year in this position, Gillian returned to South Auckland Health to continue her social work role within Maternal Mental Health. Amongst one of Gillian’s many achievements, one of the greatest must be her continued service to the Pacific Island women’s refuge where Gillian has continued to work on a voluntary basis for several years now. Currently, Gillian works as a social worker for Faleola Services, Counties-Manukau Pacific Mental Health Services.

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