Our Team

The Drowning Prevention Auckland Team

Nicola Keen-Biggelaar







Chief Executive

Nicola brings to Drowning Prevention Auckland a commitment to excellence, a passion for leading people and a willingness to leave a positive legacy.  The cause of drowning prevention is meaningful to her after experiencing the community impact of drowning, when one of her son’s friends drowned in a home pool at the age of two.  Nicola has nearly twenty years’ experience in funding with a decade of this experience in community investment management for a large corporate.  She brings a deep passion for charities, and the extraordinary outcomes achievable when local government and business works alongside charities to address societal issues.

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.

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


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.

Madison Chang

Drowning Prevention Advisor – Asian Community

Madison is of Chinese descent and worked with Deloitte in mainland China for many years in a C-suite role (senior management).  He came to New Zealand with his family to enable his daughter to have a western education.  Madison has a great passion and energy for community engagement and has most recently been working with the Electoral Commission to grow understanding of New Zealand’s government and democracy with Asian communities.  He has also volunteered with Rotary for three years on Communication and Public Relations.  His other voluntary work includes being a translator with Ethnic Community Leadership with Auckland Police. He has had is own unpleasant experience with both rock-fishing and boat fishing in Coromandel and comes with a deep commitment to make a difference for the Asian community, keeping them safe when enjoying aquatic environments.