Fepulea'i Margie Apa's new role at the Counties Manukau DHB started last week and she said she is keen to make a difference for all patients, including those of Pacific islands heritage.
"Smoking and alcohol is quite important for Pacific and we are also quite thoughtful about the kinds of risk factors that leads to diabetes heart disease and obesity. And healthy living and making healthy lifestyle choices in ways that are relevant for Pacific people," Fepulea'i Margie Apa said.
She said it's also important to improve the health of children and the fast growing elderly population in Counties Manukau.
She has been an executive at Capital and Coast DHB and at the Ministry of Health.
Her father Fepulea'i Filo is from Saleaula Savaii and her mother from Faleasiu Upolu.