Midland Addictions Leadership Network 

Terms of Reference


Addiction Leadership Members

Donna BlairDonna Blair

Role:  General Manager, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust


  • PGDip Management
  • AOD Dip Counselling
  • Cert Clinical Supervision
  • DAPAANZ Member
  • Advanced Leadership Programme with Blueprint Centre for Learning

Sector Linkages:

  • Recently voted onto NCAT (National Committee of Addiction Treatment)
  • Te Rau Matatini Scholarships reference group
  • Te Pou (ADOM) reference group
  • MRAD
  • Nga Purei
  • Te Arawa Whanau Ora (Chair for the Providers Management Group)


For the past 18 years I have worked within the AOD sector beginning my training with CIT in Christchurch before moving to CADS West in Auckland.  From there I moved to Te Atea Marino, Regional AOD Maori service prior to moving to CADS North as a Clinical Supervisor.  This lasted a short eight months before accepting the position as Clinical Team Leader at CADS South. 

In 2006 I moved to Rotorua to take up the General Managers position with Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust.  The Trust has developed considerably in the last six years thanks to the support of passionate people within the sector.

I have been privileged to work in the AOD Sector and have witnessed many whanau transformations. 

At present I am taking a break from studies to concentrate on the development of the Te Arawa Whanau Ora Collective and the merger between ourselves and Tipu Ora Charitable Trust.


  • 18 years experience in the AOD sector
  • Kaupapa Maori Residential knowledge
  • National net works developed over 18 years

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diane-nant.jpgDiane Nant

Role:  Senior Clinical Cousnellor/Therapist/Reigstered Practitioner, Arc Counselling Services, Taupo


  • Bachelor Alcohol and other Drug Studies
  • Smoking Cessation Practitioner
  • Certificate in Family Therapy
  • Certificate in health and safety
  • First Aid Certificate

Sector Linkages:

  • MRADD representative
  • Networks include Strengthening families, Independent Living Choices, Family Works, Budget Services, CMH, Te Whare Whakaue, and various Inpatient residential treatment centres regionally and nationally.


I began working in this field ten years ago and continue to be passionate about this field.  I initially worked at Hanmer clinic IOP programme as an assistant/student counsellor role and soon after got a position at Care NZ where I worked for four and a half years.  I was employed initially in the DTU at the prison running group therapy, and then as a clinical counsellor in the outpatients clinic.  For two years I worked in an outpost role in the Paraparaumu clinic with one other clinician where we were autonomous in our client work, but continued to work collaboratively with other services, including running education groups for hospital staff and schools.

My husband then moved to Taupo with his work, and I applied for a job at Arc Counselling where I have been for the last five years.  I enjoy working in this region and have formed many strong collaborative, professional relationships with other services and have a lot of links and networks that I refer into and out of.

I particularly enjoy collegial discussions and listening to different viewpoints both systemically and relationally.  I firmly believe that continuing to up-skill is important as it is vital to keep up with ever changing trends and ways of working.

At the moment I am looking at enrolling in a postgraduate diploma within a CEP framework.

Before undertaking this career I held several positions involved with special needs as well as fostering children from age two to seventeen years.  I also worked in retail and sales for approximately ten years.

In my spare time I love hanging out with my mainly grown up children and grandchildren, and helping around the farm.  I am an avid reader and enjoy photography.


  • A passion for the work
  • A strong desire to collaborative working within the systems to ensure best practice / models of care are delivered
  • An in depth understanding and knowledge of alcohol and other drugs coupled with strengths focussed, client driven, therapeutic models of working
  • The ability to understand / work from a systemic viewpoint .
  • Working with Tangata Whaiora

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S BarkleySarah Barkley

Role: Nurse Practitioner

Credentials:  Masters of Health Sciences, endorsed in Addiction & Mental Health

Sector Linkages:

  • Midland Regional OST Network
  • Various workshop groups
  • Expert reference group for Lakes DHB MH&A Service

Profile & Skills:

am a Nurse Practitioner based at Lakes DHB, where I provide clinical leadership and expertise to the Lakes Opioid Treatment Service and the Specialist Addiction service. I have worked in this area for 9 years after 18 years in adult acute mental health, primarily crisis and inpatient work, both in New Zealand and overseas.

I became ‘hooked’ soon after discovering the world of addiction which prompted further study. I completed a Masters in Health Sciences, endorsed in mental health and addictions in 2015. In August 2016 I was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner. I am now an authorised prescriber for OST/ controlled drugs.

I am a Duly Authorised Officer and Approved Specialist for SACAT and will also provide cover for the Area Director of Addictions.

I am an advocate for people with substance use disorders and practices in a manner that is client centred and holistic, maintaining the individual and their wellbeing at the fore. She has been an active member of NAOTP for 7 years, participates in a number of national groups, nursing forum at regional and national level and is often called upon to speak at national nursing and addiction focused events, alongside the provision of education regarding co-existing disorders.

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rachel-poaneki.jpgRachel Poaneki

Role: Portfolio Manager, Waikato District Health Board

Rachael Poaneki returns to the mental health and addiction Portfolio Manager role and will focus on the Waikato Addictions sector.  Rachael has extensive experience and sector knowledge and is well known within the local and regional sector.

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Selina PaerataSelina Paerata

Role: Clinical Team Leader, Paiake Solutions


  • Post Graduate Diploma Business (2016-2018 current)
  • Te Puutaketanga o Te Reo (2018)
  • Certificate in Leadership & Management
  • Diploma in Alcohol & Other Drug Studies
  • Bachelor Applied Social Science Counselling
  • Certificate Small Business Studies
  • Diploma Arataki Manu Korero (Maori Studies)
  • DAPAANZ registered Practitioner


  • Midland Addiction Leadership Network (2016-2018)
  • Midland Workforce Leadership Network (2017-2018)
  • Te Pae Tawhiti Advisory Group (2017-2018)
  • Waikato Alcohol & Other Drug Providers Group (2014-2018)
  • Waikato Local Advisory Group (2014-2015)
  • Waikato Local Advisory Group (Oct 2017 to Feb 2018 - Interim Rep)
  • Ko te Paataka Oranga o Te Ao Wairua Southern Waikato Cluster Governance Group (member)
  • Ko te Paataka Oranga o te Ao Wairua: Kaupapa Maori Advisory Group (Chairperson)
  • Involved in Youth Social Sector Trials Te Kuiti and Taumarunui


For the past 12 years I have worked in both the gambling and addiction field for both Government and Non Government Organisations with adults and youth. 

I am the Clinical Team Leader for Pai Ake Solutions Ltd (2017).  Previously worked in the roles of Rangatahi AOD Case Manager for Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust (6 years).  AOD Clinician for Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa.  Youth AOD Counsellor; Gambling Counsellor for Hauora Waikato (3 years); Gambling Counsellor for Rural Mental Health & Addiction (South Team) WDHB and Drug & Alcohol Counsellor for Care NZ Drug & Alcohol Service (3 month contract).


12 years’ experience and skill in the addiction field, inclusive of working with adult; youth and their whanau.  Along with working with Maori expertise and strong leadership skills with established networks.

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Linda GibsonLinda Gibson

Role: Clinical Supervisor/AOD Counsellor


  • Supervision Certificate, WELTEC 2005
  • Graduate Diploma Addictions (Level 7), WELTEC 2008
  • PG Dip Business Management, Waikato Uni Business School 2013
  • Whitiwhiti Korero (supervision) 3 days 2012 Pam Armstrong, Auckland
  • CEP 14-15/8/14 Terry Huriwai, Gisborne
  • #705 dapaanz competent practitioner registration current

 Linkages / Networks:

Developed broad networks over 25 years from working locally, through the East Coast, in Auckland and Rotorua/Taupo; having attended various Addiction Leadership Days, Cutting Edge Conferences, 2x Healing Our Spirits Worldwide; prior rep on MRWAG etc; in current role being a member of OST Team where have attended NAOTP meetings and MR OST clinical meeting; attended Hui-a-Rohe 18/2/15 Kirikiriroa; appreciated support from Matua Raki via scholarships for past study.


  • Counsellor addressing sexual abuse with Maori women, children and their whanau 1980, Te Parekereke Inc, Gisborne; from that role began training in addictions via CIT, eventually completed Grad Dip Addictions WELTEC;
  • AOD Counsellor Te Atea Marino, WDHB 1998-2005
  • Clinical Supervisor, CADS North WDHB until 2005-2008
  • Clinical Team leader, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust, Rotorua 2008-2013
  • Opportunity return home to Gisborne: July 2013 began role as
  • Clinical Supervisor, CMH Addictions Team, Hauora Tairawhiti, Gisborne


  • Alcohol & Other Drug Counsellor with CEP skills and experience
  • Clinical Supervisor oversight for colleagues
  • Clinical Team Leaders skills and experience
  • Understanding of Te Reo Maori, perpetual tauira re conversational reo
  • Networks within Te Ao Maori


Other Members are:

  • Tina Winikerei - Arc Counselling, Taupo
  • Rose Taylor - Tui Ora Ltd, Taranaki
  • Pania Hetet - Tuhoe Hauora, Bay of Plenty
  • Sally Whitelaw - Bay of Plenty DHB, Tauranga
  • Terry Huriwai - Te Rau Matatini
  • Brett Mataira - Hauora Tairawhiti, Tairawhiti

The Midland Alcohol and Other Drugs Network is supported by the Midland Regional Network Team:

  • Eseta Nonu-Reid - Midland MH&A Regional Director
  • Akatu Marsters - Midland MH&A Business Support Coordinator
  • Steve Neale - Midland MH&A Workforce Planning Lead