"Consumer organisations are beacons of best practice, credible, professional, strong and successful."
He Tipuana Nga Kakano Members
|Guy Baker - Consumer Leader, Tairawhiti|
Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Sectors Linkages and Networks:
I am 58yrs 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:
|Herewini Rangi - Youth Peer Support & Advocacy, Tairawhiti|
|Isaac Phillips - Consumer Support & Service Navigator, Lakes|
Role: Consumer Support & Service Navigator
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.
|Donna Starling - Consumer Leader & Navigator, Lakes|
Credentials: 18 years clean and sober and actively helping others
Sector Linkages & Networks:
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:
|Julie Kneebone - Consumer Development Advisor, Waikato|
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.
|Melody Jaesister - Peer Support Specialist (Careers), Bay of Plenty|
Sector Linkages and Networks
Extensive networks within mental health and addiction services, including Turning Point Trust, Junction Peer Support and Advocacy, Community Mental Health, Vincent House Recovery Trust, Linc Support Services, Family Link, Tauranga Grief Support Services, Hanmer Clinic Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty Addiction Services, Salvation Army Tauranga Addiction Services, Te Manu Toroa, Bay of Plenty Sexual Assault Support Service, Tauranga Moana Night Shelter, Problem Gambling Foundation, and other NGO’s and peer networks.
I provide career support for people with experience of mental health or addiction issues, within a community based mental health and addiction service. This is a peer support role where my work at the convergence of mental health and career brings together my lived experience of anxiety and PTSD with my formal qualifications.
Skills that I bring
|Jade Dix - Assistant Manager & Consumer Advisor, Taranaki|
Having been a user of services and working for both the Bridge program and the Needle Exchange, I have knowledge of how systems work or not and access to numerous people in which to gather feedback on any issues presented.
Profile: Greetings, I am a born and bred Taranaki girl, my people whakapapa back to Parihaka being members of Taranaki and Te Atiawa iwi. I am a Mother, partner, Grandmother of one beautiful moko who is almost 2 and a Coast Guard volunteer for the past 4 years. I was on OST for around 9 years. I have worked for the Needle Exchange for 7 years. Prior to working for the Needle Exchange, I was a legal secretary for 2 years in a family law practise. I have been working as a Consumer Advisor for the Salvation Army for 3 years and I also co facilitate a workshop via Supporting Families which helps people to speak to the stigma and discrimination they experienced when utilising Mental Health and/or Addiction services. These brave souls then go and speak about their experiences to 2nd year nursing students at WITT here in New Plymouth.
Skills that I bring:
I am really keen to be a part of He Tipuana Nga Kakano, not only to develop new skills but because I’m passionate about the people within the Mental Health and AOD sectors who don’t feel like they have a voice In my own experience, I know that the voice of the client is second-guessed in some cases. I am also aware that the statistics for Maori using Mental Health and or Addiction Services is alarmingly disproportionate to the rest of our population as is their rate of incarceration.
He Tipuana Nga Kakano is supported by the Midland Regional Mental Health & Addictions Network Team:
- Eseta Nonu-Reid - Midland MH&A Region Director
- Akatu Marsters - Midland MH&A Business Support Coordinator
- Steve Neale - Midland MH&A Workforce Planning Lead