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Spring Issue 6 - October 2018

Kia ora, Kia orana, Talofa & Hello

Spring is here ….daylight saving, spring flowers and spring lambs J   we have some innovative articles from across the region showcasing  pockets of work that is happening.

The Midland Regional Leadership Networks all met in August.  The agenda’s and minutes can be found on our website.  All of our Leadership Networks are dynamic with enthusiastic members who are subject experts in their field.  We are currently seeking Expression of Interest for the following Networks:

  • Te Huinga o Nga Pou Hauora – Maori Leaderships particularly Taranaki
  • Addiction Leadership – particularly Taranaki and Lakes
  • Workforce Leadership – particularly Bay of Plenty
  • Contact Akatu Marsters for a copy of the Expression of Interest and Terms of Reference.

Cutting Edge1RCutting Edge2RCutting Edge was held in Rotorua on the 12th to 15th September at the Events Centre.  What a fantastic venue.  The theme was "Connecting Communities".  This was the first conference that I have attended in some time, and I must say that it was one of the best I have attended.  It was well organised, with a good blend of key note speakers and sessions on a variety of subjects.  The Midland Regional Network Team provided a Poster display and presented on our Regional Leadership Networks.  It was great to catch up with people who I have not seen in a long time and to make new connections.

Donna BlairOn the 21st September the Midland region farewelled Donna Blair, General Manager, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust.  Donna has provided strong Addiction and Other Drugs leadership and advocacy at a local, regional and national level for the last 13 years.  Her energy and passion will be missed in the Midland region.  We wish you all the best in your journey Donna.

rachel-poaneki.jpgCongratulations Rachel on your appointment to the Director, Maori Health & Equity.  Rachel Poaneki has been a Portfolio Manager for Mental Health and over the last 8 years for Addiction in the Waikato.  Rachel has been a significant influence in the regional leadership networks and in the mental health and addiction sector locally, regionally and nationally.  We wish her well in her new career journey and look forward to working with her in a different capacity.

A project that we have just started, focuses on the evaluating how successfully Midland has implemented reducing the use of Section 29.  The focus of the project is to identify what has worked well and how we transfer those lessons learned across the five Midland District Health Boards.  Kay Montgomery is project leading this on behalf of the Midland Regional Network Team.

KayKay’s  career spans over 30 years working in the Health and Social sector with a variety of roles from; clinician, manager, programme and project manager with a passion for innovation and quality.  For the past seven years she has been providing consultancy services concentrating on Business Development and Service Improvement across the public and private sector at a regional and national level. Kay’s website can provide you with more details (www.montgomery.co.nz).

Kay will be working closely with Nga Kopara o te Rito - Midland Consumer and Family Leadership Network.

Enjoy the warmer weather everyone!

To read on the articles featured in our Spring newsletter click the links below:


WinterWinter Issue 5 - July 2018

Kia ora, Kia orana, Talofa & Hello

I hope everyone is keeping warm as the winter months have descended on us with the vengeance.  I know you will be enjoying the sunny days when we get them and like me counting down the days until Spring comes.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Belinda Walker back to our team.  Some of you will remember that Belinda was instrumental in rolling out PRIMHD across the Midland NGO sector.  Belinda joins us as our Information Coordinator and will be working on making sense of the mental health and addiction data that we have available to us.

The Mental Health Inquiry has completed the Midland DHB site visits and I hope that you had the opportunity to either talk with the panel or write in a submission on behalf of your service.  Our regional Leadership Networks were consulted and we provided a submission reflecting the individual networks area of expertise.  Click here to see the submission we provided on behalf of our sector.

In the Summer Newsletter I featured the Midland DHB values, which caused me to reflect on whether our Regional Network vision, mission and values aligned to the aspirations of the Midland DHBs and HealthShare Limited (Midland Shared Service Agency).  To that end, over the last six months the regional networks have spent time re-working our logo, vision, mission and values.

“Improving Mental Health and Addiction”

MHA Vision Logo

Whakatōngia te aroha hai oranga mo te whānau,

Whakatōngia te kohara kia awe ai te Iwi

Plant the seed of love so that the whānau will survive,

plant the seed of passion to give strength to Iwi

To read more on its development and meaning click here...

We have a number of regional projects occurring across the sector and Akatu, Belinda and Steve have highlighted some of the work they are doing in the newsletter.  Our Midland Mental Health & Addiction website has a wealth of information and I would recommend you checking it out www.midlandmentalhealthnetwork.co.nz as it is updated regularly.

Until the Spring newsletter, stay warm.


To read on the articles featured in our Winter newsletter click the links below:


WinterEnd of Summer Issue 4 - March 2018

Kia ora, Kia orana, Talofa & Hello

Welcome to our winter Midland Mental Health & Addictions e-Newsletter.

It has been a busy beginning of 2018 with hot, humid and stormy weather.  We celebrate all the success that we have achieved across the region so far.

Values are a large part of what drives an organisation and the values are reflected by us, the staff.  As a region, each of our DHBs have developed values that reflect the communities that they serve, check out their websites for more information.

Bay of Plenty DHBBOP ValueHauora Tairawhiti

Hauora Tairawhiti

  • Whakarangatira/enrich - Enriching the health of our community by doing our very best
  • Awhi/support - Supporting our turoro/patients their whanau/families, our community partners and each other
  • Kotahitanga/togetherness - Together we can achieve more
  • Aroha/compassion - Empathy, we care for people and people want to be cared for by us

Our values form the acronym WAKA. They reflect our past while guiding us on our journey to create a healthier Tairāwhiti by working together.

Lakes DHBLakes DHB

Lakes DHB has three organisational values.  They are:

  • Manaakitanga - Respect and acknowledgement of each other's intrinsic value and contribution
  • Integrity - Truthfully and consistently acting collectively for the common good
  • Accountability - Collective and individual ownership for clinical and financial outcomes and sustainability

Taranaki DHBTaranaki DHB

We will work together by:

  • Treating people with trust, respect and compassion
  • Communicating openly, honestly and acting with integrity
  • Enabling professional and organisational standards to be met
  • Supporting achievement and acknowledging successes
  • Creating healthy and safe environments
  • Welcoming new ideas

Waikato DHBWaikato Values

  • Give and earn respect / Whakamana
  • Listen to me talk to me / Whakarongo
  • Fair play / Mauri Pai
  • Growing the good / Whakapakari
  • Stronger together / Kotahitanga

To read on the articles featured in our End of Summer newsletter click the links below: