OUR Values

Honesty, Respect, Compassion,
Courage and Service

Our Team

Raju Ramakrishna

Raju Ramakrishna is a Hindu Brahmin. He was born and raised in Chennai in Central India but moved to New Zealand at the age of 24.  While in Aotearoa, he worked for a large government ministry for 14 years but came to realise that for people to gain financial independence, they needed to circumnavigate a whole lot of social and health road blocks. But the systems that govern us are so silo in nature that whatever success they found was not sustainable.  An opportunity to work for Healthy Families South Auckland seemed like the perfect answer to end 14 long years of inability (due to imposed limitations), to really help people and make a meaningful difference to their lives.

What Inspires you?

“I have always been inspired by older people, as they are an ocean of knowledge through their lived experiences.”

 Current Work

“I work as a Systems Lead Innovator in the area of food systems to address food insecurity, food waste and ways to rescue food to enable an even spread within the wider community.  I do this by building partnerships with key members of the community, to enable them to achieve their aspirations of good health and wellbeing in their new home.  I am also part of the team creating a food hub in old Papatoetoe with the idea of making good food affordable and accessible.”

What is your vision for health and wellbeing in South Auckland?

I have always wanted to play a part in making this world a better place to live in.  Now, I have the license to do so. I believe equity in good health and wellbeing is paramount, it’s the true indicator for a happy community.  However, this can only be achieved by addressing the system that we live in. The South Asian population is on the incline but there is a dire need to address the health inequity with this community.  It is my vision to help reduce health inequity amongst South Asians who live, learn, work, play or pray in South Auckland by engaging in the prevention space as opposed to the usual intervention space

What is one funny/quirky/interesting thing that no-one knows about you?

I performed as a professional lead singer for a famous South Asian band here in Auckland for over 20 years.”

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