Farewell to Lesley Watkins & Marita Ranclaud

The Midland region farewelled Portfolio Manager’s, Lesley Watkins, Bay of Plenty and Marita Ranclaud, Lakes District Health Boards.  Both Lesley and Marita have been strong contributors to regional developments across the five Midland DHBs and very strong advocates for the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts.  Their contribution to the wider debate will be missed greatly.

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Lesley leaves to undertaken private ventures which will cross over with the mental health and addictions future work.  Marita leaves to lead Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust and will be working closely with the regional Addiction sector going forward.

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We welcome Caleb Putt into the Bay of Plenty, Portfolio Managers role and Rachel Haswell into the Waikato Relationship Managers role and Michael O'Connell as Portfolio Manager at Lakes DHB.

Marita WhakatauManaaki Ora - Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Welcomes Marita Ranclaud

On Monday, 08 April a powhiri / whakatau was held at Tunohopu Marae to officially welcome Marita Ranclaud into her new role as Relationship Manager for Te Utuhina Manaakitanga. Previous colleagues from Lakes DHB, the Midland regional network team, NGOs and local services were there in support of Marita and her whanau that were present.

Speakers acknowledged her skills, expertise and experience in Mental Health & Addiction where Eseta Nonu-Reid, Midland Regional Director spoke about her heart, for people, whanau and iwi.  Several speakers acknowledged Marita's grandfather and his contribution to the health sector which she verified in her speech and how unfortunate it was that he did not live to see her graduate as a nurse and her journey in the health sector, he would no doubt be proud of her achievements to date if he were still here alongside many of those that were there in support of Marita.

We look forward to working alongside Marita in the NGO Kaupapa Mãori space and we wish her well in this new chapter ahead.

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