Our Team

The Drowning Prevention Auckland Team

Nicola Keen-Biggelaar

Chief Executive

 

James Lea

DPA Operations Manager James Lea

Operations Manager

James has spent much of his life in, on and around the water. He is a keen surfer and has been involved with Surf Life Saving for the last 18 years with his home surf club at Bethells Beach. James brings extensive knowledge and experience around risk management, rescue techniques, emergency care training and education. This has developed over time for James working for First Training as their Training Manager, NZ Lifeguards and Lifeguard and Safety as film set safety, Surf Life Saving as their Regional Lifeguard Supervisor and Cardrona Alpine Resorts as their Snowboard Trainer and examiner. James is highly motivated to reduce drowning through education and looks forward to working with your school, workplace or community group soon.

Teresa Stanley

Teresa Stanley Research and Development DPA

Research and Development

(MBsStud., BSc., DipTchg. (Phys-Ed),)

Teresa is both an aquatic practitioner and a participant having been a NZ Swimming representative and NZ Surf titleholder. She is a qualified swim teacher and has held positions with Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Sport North Harbour. Together with Dr Kevin Moran, Teresa has had research published in Injury Control and Safety Promotion journal in September and December 2006. Teresa is an active swimmer, surfer, scuba diver and cyclist. Teresa brings her extensive experience and expertise in a number of aquatic areas specifically in relation to Injury Prevention and Early Childhood.

 

Lynley Stewart

DPA Aquatic Educator Lynley Stewart

 

Aquatic Educator

(BEd; Dip. Ed. Leadership; TTC)

My passion for aquatic education comes from a childhood spent having fun in the South Island rivers, lakes and at East Coast beaches. Over the years my career in education has included teaching in primary schools and at tertiary level as a lecturer in physical education and teaching practice, and as an adviser in schools providing professional learning for teachers and school leaders. In my current role as an Aquatic Educator I am committed to providing the best possible support to teachers and schools to enable our children and their whānau to enjoy, and stay safe in New Zealand’s unique aquatic environment.

Tom Kearney

Aquatic Educator

Tom comes from an outdoor education background having completed a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation at AUT. Working for a variety of outdoor activity providers he taught a number of water-based sports in schools and holiday programmes. Tom has also worked in the adventure tourism industry as a canyoning and kayaking guide with experience in swift water rescue. For the past seven years Tom has been in the super yacht industry, having cruised around the world his main focus was water sport instruction and safety cover for both crew and guests. He enjoys surfing at Bethells Beach and hiking in the Waitakere Ranges. Tom is a workplace aquatic educator and looks forward to providing water safety courses to organisations in the Auckland region.

Samantha Gunther

Business Manager

 

Samantha has been in water for most of her life; by being a competitive swimmer and surf lifesaver. She also has taught and coached swimming for nearly 15 years and been the brand manager for the Arena swimming brand for over 9 years. She holds a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation degree where she majored in business and management. Sam is the Business Manager at DPA and looks forward continuing her learning and growing at Drowning Prevention Auckland.

Harry Aonga

Harry Aonga Aquatic Educator, DPA

 

Aquatic Educator

(Bachelor of Sport (Major Physical Education), Diploma in Travel and Tourism)

Prior to joining the team Harry was working as a Tutorial Assistant and gym instructor at Unitec New Zealand and has a strong background in rugby league. He has played for the Auckland Premier and NZ Universities Rugby League Teams, the Auckland Vulcans (Warriors Reserve Grade), Mt Albert Lions and professionally for Limoux in France. Harry’s background, skills and experience are invaluable with his focus on youth, Māori and Pacific communities.

Clayton Wikaira

Clayton Wikaira Aquatic Edcuator

Aquatic Educator

Te Hikutu te Hapu and Nga Puhi te Iwi.

(Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health, University of Auckland)

Clayton has more than 14 years experience in public health delivering community development projects that successfully improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Maori in both urban and rural settings. He has held a variety of roles from drug education, reducing alcohol-related harm to smokefree and National Maori Health Promoting Schools facilitator. Clayton is an accomplished waka ama paddler and open-water diver, through which he has demonstrated a long-standing passion for water safety, providing advocacy and education within his community to address, in particular, unsafe practice in the area of collecting kai moana. Clayton’s strength is his ability to engage with hard-to-reach Maori communities, leading change that is both empowering and sustainable.

Kushida Rasheed

DPA Administrator Kushida Rasheed

Accounts Administrator

(BA)

Kushida Started WaterSafe Auckland as a volunteer 4 years ago as a Admin Support. She is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, where she majored in Business Management and Economics. She also has a Certificate in Computing and Administration from Unitec, Auckland. Kushida is a Fijian Muslim [she speaks Hindi and Fijian], Kushida is married and has 2 young kids and in her spare time She loves spending time with her family.

Leilani Fuemana

Aquatic Educator

(Bachelor of Business with a double major in Management and Sustainability from Auckland University of Technology)

Leilani is passionate about educating people from all backgrounds and cultures to be more water safety conscious while they are enjoying Tamaki Makaurau’s unique water ways. Leilani is a volunteer surf lifeguard at United North Piha and has been involved in surf lifesaving for over 10 years and competes for South Piha. She has completed her Adults Teaching Certificate through Skills Active, enabling her to work more effectively with adults through specific programmes. Leilani focuses on connecting with New Settler community groups, coordinating the Splash Break-Away holiday programme, along with our team of water safety ambassadors and is the liaison for events.