He Tipuana Nga Kakano Terms of Reference 


Vision Statement

"Consumer organisations are beacons of best practice, credible, professional, strong and successful."  

He Tipuana Nga Kakano has been established since 2001 and has provide a strong consumer voice within Midland.  Due to a constantly changing health enviornment, He Tipuana Nga Kakano has evolved from a social network to a informational network.  Government direction is now driving the need for He Tipuana Nga Kakano to evolve into a managed network.

An Expression of Interest process was undertaken throughout April and May 2012 which identified the skill sets required for membership of He Tipuana Nga Kakano.


He Tipuana Nga Kakano Members  

Guy Baker

Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Ko Porourangi te Tangata
Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi
Ko Ngai Tane, nga Ngati Hau oku Hapu
Ko Hinepare, ko Hinetamatea oku Marae
Ko Percy Te Hira Baker rawa ko Te Anahera Pono Huhu taku matua
Ko Guy Baker ahau
He Consumer Leader mo Te Kupenga Network Trust

Role: Consumer Leader, Te Kupenga Net Trust


  • 1999 to 2000 - 18/24 credits Diploma of Business at Tairawhiti Polytechnic
  • 2009 to 2011 -  Bachelor of Iwi Environmental Management at Te Wananga O Aotearoa
  • 2013  - Diploma of Freshwater and Iwi Marine Studies at Te Wananga O Aotearoa

Sectors Linkages and Networks:

  • He Tipuana Nga Kakano
  • Tairawhiti Consumer Advisory Group
  • Extensive networks within mental health and addiction services in Tairawhiti
  • External networks through Gisborne District Council and the wider Te Tairawhiti region
  • Tairawhiti Mental Health NGO sector including: Te Kupenga Net Trust, Emerge Aotearoa, Turanga Health, Ngati Porou Hauora


I am 56yrs of age, the oldest of two children, who is married with 2 school aged daughters in Y7 and Y8. I was educated at Gisborne Boys High School before embarking on a career within the public service working in regional (Gisborne and Wellington) and head offices (Wellington) of the Department of Maori Affairs and the Department of Social Welfare. Returning home in 1990 I entered the hospitality industry and by 1999 when I left to pursue tertiary study I was Functions and Assistant Manager of a local hotel and function centre. I then acquired a position as manager of a chartered club before moving to the Gisborne District Council in the Liquor Licensing division. In 2009 I pursued further study towards my degree whilst still employed and in my third year of study was diagnosed with severe depression from which counsellors advised that I had been suffering from for a number of years and that it had probably been masked by alcohol. However, I completed the year gaining the honour of valedictorian by which time my journey to recovery had commenced.

I gained a passion towards the awareness of mental illness to lessen the stigma and discrimination that my family, friends and I had been subjected to. Participating in Council’s Employee Assistance Programme I became a peer support for work colleagues who were suffering some stressful times. I also availed myself to some speaking engagements at other work places, participated in Mental Health Awareness Week having my story published in the local newspaper and Like Minds Like Mine national newsletter, sharing my story on Turanga FM radio and wherever else I felt the message should be spread. It is therefore a natural progression that I now find myself actually working within the mental health sector and particularly with Maori who unfortunately have unbalanced statistics in this arena. I am committed to continue the role in promoting; recovery, social inclusion, human rights, self-advocacy and cultural responsiveness.

Skills that I Bring:

  • Lived experience and empathy with mental stress
  • High level of organisational skills
  • Computer literate with Microsoft applications
  • Experience with research and compilation of reports
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Established networks through District Council and the Tairawhiti region
  • Knowledge of Tikanga Maori
  • Possess a high degree of personal commitment and integrity

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Herewini Rangi Herewini

Role: Youth Peer Support & Advocacy


  • Suicide Intervention & Prevention
  • Currently studying - Mental Health & Addictions Certificate

Sector Linkages:

  • Tairawhiti District Health (TDH)
  • Te Whare Oranga (Gisborne Community Mental Health and Addictions)
  • Te Whare Awhi Ora (inpatient mental health)
  • Te Rito (Child, adolescent mental health)
  • Turanga Health
  • Recovery Solutions
  • Te Whare Awhiora (Ward 11)
  • Ngati Porou Hauora
  • Tairawhiti Consumer Advisory Group
  • Whanau support group


  • He Uri no te Kiingitanga o Waikato-Tainui
  • Schooled at Te wharekura o Rakaumanga, Played Rugby League for Taniwharau in Huntly 1984-2012
  • Played One Game- NZ Warriors 2004
  • Moved to Brisbane 2005-2008
  • Suffered a Spinal Injury playing Rugby League in 2008,
  • 60% recovered but really fortunate to be walking…
  • Back in the Tairawhiti enjoying life with my whanau and new work environment, Supporting Rangatahi in Mental Health and Addictions.
  • Completed some study, Certificate in Suicide Intervention Prevention
  • And currently studying a Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support work.


  • Maori leadership
  • Youth and adolescent focus and networks
  • Male perspective
  • Humble approach to people
  • Willing to learn

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Nic Magrath

Role: Consumer Advisor – Taranaki District Health Board – Mental Health and Addiction Servicenic-magrath.jpg

Credentials: MH Support Workers Certificate, Consumer Auditor training, Peer supervision training, Intentional Peer Support Training, Certificate in Mauri Ora, Leading Through Influencing and Persuading, Service Users Emerging Leaders Course.

Sector Linkages and Networks:

    • Midland Region representative on Nga Hau E Wha
    • Member of NAMHSCA
    • Taranaki Consumer Advisory Group
    • Taranaki Local Advisory Group
    • Like Minds Board of Trustees
    • Taranaki MH & A sector Networkers Group

Profile - I moved into the mental health field in June 2005 after a variety of different career experiences such as accounts administration and vet nursing.

My interest in working in mental health came after being involved in a peer support group in Taranaki, which resulted in a paid peer support position. I was then introduced to the fact that service users were being involved in service delivery!! i.e. advisors.  Every day I learn something new and every day there is another challenge which keeps my interest in my role alive.  I am always eager to learn more and to continue to strive to improve my knowledge and skills.  I want to, where ever possible ensure that the people receiving services can be involved in their development and review at every possible opportunity.  I am conscious of bringing the voice of as many people as possible to the table in all the work I do and not to be driven by my own agendas. 

Work History:

  • Oct 2008 - Current: Consumer Advisor, TDHB
  • June 2005 – Oct 2009: Mahia Mai A Whai Tara – Peer Support and Advocacy – Developed policy and procedures for the role.
  • Accounts Administration and Payroll – various roles
  • Qualified Vet Nurse / Vet Clinic Manager
  • Invercargill Chartered Club - Manager

My career in mental health started five and a half years ago when I was employed as a peer support worker and advocate for Mahia Mai A Whai Tara Trust.  Through this role I was given the opportunity to attend the He Tipuana Nga Kakano meetings.  These meetings are often the highlight of my working year.

Skills that I Bring:

  • Personal experience of bi-polar disorder and mental health services.
  • Established networks as above and leadership skills through involvement with HTNK and Taranaki Consumer Advisor y Group
  • Good communication skills, written and oral.
  • Able to work with people of all disciplines.
  • Able to meet deadlines.
  • Involvement in Consumer Advisor role around service development and improvement.
  • Ability to relate to consumer perspective and organisational perspective
  • Established working relationships with consumers and consumer groups, MH Sector in Taranaki and Midland Region Team.
  • Able to work at all levels of the sector, from ground roots to strategic. i.e clinical governance group.
  • Knowledge of regional and national projects and issues through involvement with the above networks.

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Belinda WalkerBelinda Walker

Role: Service and relationship manager, Linkage, Lakes


  • Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Psychology
  • Employed in the mental health and addiction sector for nearly 20 years
  • Personal experience of mental illness and addiction
  • Whānau experience of mental illness

Sector Linkages / Networks:

Established relationships with:

  • Midland Portfolio Managers
  • Ministry of Health
  • Various NGO’s across Midland
  • Previous member of He Tipuana Nga Kakano

Profile:  I am currently employed in a senior management role at an NGO where we deliver services for whanau and people with lived experience. Previously I have worked at;

  • Lakes DHB – Decision Support Analyst, and Clinical Governance member
  • Midland Regional MH&A Network – PRIMHD Decision Support
  • Healthcare NZ – from Support Worker to Northern Service Manager
  • Richmond Fellowship – Community Support Professional

I also have been part of a number of advisory groups locally, regionally and nationally.

I have a lived experience of mental illness and addiction, first entering services in 1993. Two years ago I re-entered secondary services after a 10 year absence and found it interesting to see what has changed in service delivery and shockingly, what has remained the same.

Skills: Having worked at local, regional and national levels I bring those skills with me. I have also been involved in service development, improvement and improvement for many years, which has allowed me to influence change. I have a clear understanding of the roles and functions of managed networks with my time working with Midland Regional MH&A Network. I believe my communication skills are strong and can deliver results.

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Issac PhillipsIsaac Phillips

Role: Consumer Support & Service Navigator

  • Working toward completing Level 4 in Mental Health & Addictions support work
  • Facilitates LBGTI Group with Linkage

Sector Linkages:

  • New to working in the field but working with local providers, I am hoping to learn more as part of this group
  • Part of the Rainbow youth support network in Auckland

Profile:Twenty two years of age and has been in recovery for over a year.  Currently working with Linkage Trust in Lakes area, Rotorua and have family working in this sector based in Auckland.  Previous employment has been in hairdressing.

Skills: I have lived experience of recovery from Mental Health and Addictions as well as whanau experience. Whilst I do not have leadership experience I am willing to learn.

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Donna StarlingDonna Starling

Role:  Consumer leaders & Navigator

Credentials: 17 years clean and sober and actively helping others

Sector Linkages & Networks:

  • Dave Keightley-Phillips, Psychologist (have supported some of his clients).
  • Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust (as a client and a member of their consumer panel).
  • Regularly attend meetings for my own recovery as well as helping others "walk the walk".  A privilege to know a lot of people in recovery circles.
  • Dress for Success (inspirational service & client contact).
  • New networks & contacts will be made in my new role.


I am Rotorua born and breed and love it here. My priorities are whanau/friends and helping (serving) others.  My background is Quality, Auditing, H&S (incident/accident investigations) and training.  More recently I have made a career change and am studying towards a qualification in Mental Health & Addiction Level 4.  This is the path I aspire to travel down.  My passion/purpose is recovery.

Skills that I bring:

  • Personal experience of mental health & addiction (initially sought help at the age of 24).  I can provide a consumer / service user perspective.
  • I come with bright, new, fresh ideas and energy.  I like to ask lots of questions and if I am unsure I will seek clarification.
  •  I enjoy developing and improving services (where necessary).
  • I have strong leadership skills, can communicate well/effectively and enjoy developing relationships with people from all walks of life.

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Julie Kneebone

Role: Consumer Development Advisor, Waikato DH


  • Lived experience Certificate in Community & Social work
  • Certificate in Mental Health Support Work
  • Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing Care 2
  • Certificate in Adult Teaching Diploma Sport and Recreation
  • Consumer Auditor training
  • Post Graduate Certificate Professional Supervision (1 paper to complete 2014)

Sector Linkages: In the mid-eighties I set up Hamilton Psychiatric Survivors which was the foundation peer network group in the Waikato. Over several years this group established funding to expand the consumer movement; this peer group became known as Centre 401. At the same time I was a member of the former Aotearoa Network of Psychiatric Survivor (ANOPS) I have maintained both professional and personal relationships with many service users, peer groups/organisations. I am a currently a member of the Local Advisory group (LAG) and hold the position as deputy chair.

Profile: My greatest achievement is being the proud mother of my 9 year old son, who gives me much joy and plenty of rewards. I love being involved in all his learning opportunities and sporting achievements.

For the past seven years, in a Consumer Advisory role at Waikato DHB, I have been a part of many service wide strategic initiatives, such as leading consumer roles in seclusion debriefing, by partnering with Progress to Health as part of Waikato DHB overall strategy to reduce and eliminate seclusion, active involvement in the formation of integrated care pathways, MDTs, family inclusive practice, service agreements to improve interagency relationships, membership on clinical governance and  contributions towards operational and service change by advocating service user perspective at all levels.

At the heart of it all, my work is about having a "can do positive attitude", and a willingness to work alongside colleagues and peer groups, with belief in yourself to provide leadership and advice to improve opportunities and quality of life for service users and service wide  improvements.

My passion is in workforce development, facilitating recovery based training to Waikato DHB staff using a collaborative educational approach, and to mentor the development of other services user’s roles in the participation and delivery of recovery focused mental health education. I see the strength and value in working in partnership with other professionals and consumer groups, to align workforce development needs with Waikato DHB organisational strategic plan.


  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Compassionate
  • Facilitation &  Adult Teaching
  • Peer leadership
  • Strong relationship working with  Te Puna Oranga Kaiakawaenga
  • Project Lead
  • Negotiation
  • Public speaking
  • Decision making
  • Clear understanding of the role and functions of managed networks


Other Members

  • Arana Pearson
  • Brendon Dolman

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He Tipuana Nga Kakano is supported by the Midland Regional Mental Health & Addictions Network Team:

  • Eseta Nonu-Reid - Midland Region Director
  • Akatu Marsters - Midland Senior Administrator
  • Ashley Bajaj - Midland Decision Support
  • David Ireland - Midland Clinical Workstation Coordinator
  • Steve Neale - Midland Workforce Lead