Our people

Sahaayta Counselling & Social Support provides help from counsellors, social workers, alcohol and drug practitioners, support workers and volunteers.

The governance board oversees the work of Gandhi Nivas and includes representatives from Serenity Foundation, Total Healthcare PHO, the New Zealand Police and the Accident Compensation Corporation. It also receives advice from Sahaayta's manager Sucharita Varma and Counties Manukau Police District ethnic services coordinator Gurpreet Arora.

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Gandhi Nivas Governance Board

  • Ranjna Patel, Serenity Foundation, Nirvana Health Group founder (chairwoman)
  • Mike McCarthy, ACC violence injury protection manager
  • Inspector Nga-Wati Chaplow, Counties Manukau Police Māori Pacific Ethnic Services
  • Inspector Rakesh Naidoo, Human Rights Commission strategic advisor
  • Senior Sergeant Sharon Parker, Counties Manukau Police District family violence co-ordinator
  • Dr David Codyre, Nirvana Health Group clinical lead mental health
  • Mark Vella, Total Healthcare PHO chief executive officer
  • Venkat Raman, Indian Newslink editor

Board advisors

Counties Manukau Police District ethnic services coordinator Gurpreet Arora

Sahaayta Counselling & Social Support manger Sucharita Varma

Sahaayta Counselling & Social Support

  • Sucharita Varma, manager
  • Zoya Salim Kara, counsellor
  • Shehana Hassan, counsellor
  • Dr Uma devi Anath, counsellor
  • Karthik Nandikoor, social worker, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) practitioner
  • Carols Gimmy, Social Worker, AOD practitioner