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Teina Akavi

Board Member

Teina is a respected member of the Cook Island community, and a recipient of a 2009 Queens Service Medal for services to the Cook Islands community. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Nor Western Cook Island Taokotai Inc., and was involved with the establishment of an early childhood centre and a Saturday youth programme for youth in West Auckland.  He works closely with the Waitemata District Health Board to promote physical activity and nutritional education in Pacific communities and also organises aerobics and aqua aerobics classes to target and reduce obesity.  He has also been involved in the Auckland Council Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel, helping to improve outcomes for Pacific people in the Auckland region. Teina is a Cook Islands representative for the Pasifika Advisory board and a member of the Enua Ola steering group.