Quality Consumer Auditors

Ten service users who work in the mental health and addiction sector in the Midland region received intensive audit training by the DAA Group in the National Mental Health Sector Standards. The training is an NZQA accredited level 4 programme. The Audit Training programme provided the participants with skills that will allow them to aduit against all of the NMHSS across the DHB, NGO and Iwi provider sector.

We are very please to be able to promote the staff who attended and successfully completed the 5 day training programme. There was a 100% pass rate and we would like to encourage you to utilise the participants in your local internal auditing teams.

Successful Participants:

  • Michael Henderson, Consumer, TAURANGA
  • Belinda Walker, Midland Regional Network Team, HealthShare ROTORUA
  • Atareta Maika, Mana Mental Health Services, ROTORUA
  • Charmaine Turei, Consumer, GISBORNE
  • Kelly Ware, Waikato DHB, HAMILTON
  • Gavin Pike, Mana Mental Health Services, ROTORUA
  • Nicola Magarth, Mahia Mai A Whai Tara, TARANAKI
  • Huka Williams, Unahiroa Hinengaro Trust, WHAKATANE

This page profiles the Midland Consumer Auditors who are available to participate on Internal Auditing Teams and External Auditing Teams.


Belinda Walker

I was privileged to receive sponsorship from Midland Regional Mental Health & Addictions Network in 2007 to attend the Health and Disability Auditing training Level 4 provided by the DAA Group.  I am now a member of my organisation's internal audit team and recently had the experience of being a lead auditor for them.  I have been part of a number of different types of audits, including quality of life and have also been a consumer auditor for the DAA Group.

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Kelly Ware

Senior Consumer Relationships Advisor, Waikato District Health Board

I have been involved in He Tipuana Nga Kakano for a while now and have enjoyed the times we come together.  After a few years in I feel like I am an active member of this group and feel privileged to have been sponsored to be one of eleven Consumers trained in Auditing in 2007.  It was an intensive training which I enjoyed immensely and look forward to using in practice.  Auditing is a wonderful way of making sure that all services are performing at an appropriate level from which they can continue to progress.  I enjoyed the opportunity to see the innovation our services have to offer and help encourage others to be all they can be.

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Consumer Advisor – Taranaki District Health Board – Mental Health and Addiction Service.

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.