Pacific Heartbeat Team

The Pacific Heartbeat (PHB) team at the Heart Foundation works to 'STOP New Zealanders dying too early from heart disease', and 'HELP people with heart disease live full and productive lives’.

We focus on the heart health needs of NZ’s Pacific Island population. This includes understanding your heart, eating well, being smokefree and being more active.

Through our Pacific nutrition courses we encourage Pacific people to make heart healthy food choices and move more to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. We promote the benefits of being smokefree and encourage Pacific smokers to stop smoking and to not take it up in the first place.

Our team is based in Auckland but our work is promoted and delivered nationally. We collaborate with other Pacific organisations to create environments which support healthy lifestyles.

Meet the team

Branko Cvjetan

Branko Cvjetan

Prevention Manager

Takui Langi

Takui Langi

PHB Nutrition Trainer

Tutuila Lefeau Lio Va’auli

Tutuila Lefeau Lio Va’auli

PHB Community Liaison Lead

Sue Pirrit

Sue Pirrit

PHB Nutritionist

Maria Bernard

Maria Bernard

PHB Nutrition Training Facilitator

Alexandria (Alex) Nicholas

Alexandria (Alex) Nicholas

PHB Nutrition Training Facilitator

Ashleigh Wong

Ashleigh Wong

PHB Programme Administrator

Jill Causer

Jill Causer

PA/Administrator - Pacific Heartbeat