Jess Lee

Tauiwi Caucus Manager: tauiwi@toah-nnest.org.nz

Kia ora, I was born in Hastings, and consider both the Hawkes Bay and Wellington home.  I currently live in Auckland with my husband, two young boys, and our dog.  I am a registered social worker with varied work background – I have worked in family violence and mental health, and most recently in sexual violence managing a dedicated and passionate team of social workers.

My role at TOAH-NNEST is to support the day-to-day operations of our National Office. I enjoy this role as it is challenging and rewarding.  I enjoy working alongside our members, and coming up with creative ways to communicate with and support them.

I feel privileged to be part of a treaty-based organisation and am committed to working with my Ngā Kaitiaki Mauri colleagues to work towards an equitable society for all.

Georgina Dajevic

Tauiwi Caucus Project & Networks Coordinator: tauiwiprevention@toah-nnest.org.nz

Kia Ora, I am the project and network coordinator for Tauiwi Caucus. My role is to support the manager with projects and ensure the networks run smoothly. I enjoy working in a treaty-based organization as it is such a unique and informative experience.

My goal has always been to work in the SV sector. I started this journey by completing a criminology degree. This led me to work in the cyber-security sector as an intelligence analyst and OSINT specialist. I began my role at TOAH-NNEST in November 2022 and have enjoyed learning about the sector. In 2024 I will be continuing my studies by completing a master’s in criminology.

Rasela Luapo

Tauiwi Caucus Pasifika lead: pasifikalead@toah-nnest.org.nz 

Rasela is of Samoan descent and is based in Wellington. Rasela was born and raised in Porirua where she lives with her husband and their three children. Rasela is a Coordinator for the National Family Violence / Sexual Violence Pacific Practitioner’s Forum.

Cecilia Bessie Vakameilalo-Kioa

Tauiwi Caucus Pasifika Support: pasifikasupport@toah-nnest.org.nz 

Cecilia is of Tongan and Samoan descent and is based in Auckland. Cecilia currently serves the kaupapa of Leadership NZ as a group facilitator and programme connector, for The Mana Moana Experience (Community Service Leadership Programme), Tū Mau Mana Moana (Public Service Leadership programme) and the NZ Leadership Programme; and is now a Coordinator for the National Family Violence / Sexual Violence Pacific Practitioner’s Forum.


In recognition of the multiple specialties in the sector and the disparate sizes of these, members of the committee will be nominated and voted to fulfil portfolios. Current portfolio holders are below: