Portfolio Managers Network

The Midland Regional Mental Health & Addictions Portfolio Managers Network was formed following the evaluation of the regional network.  The purpose of the group is defined in its Terms of Reference.

The Group is made up of the 7 DHBs Planning and Funding Portfolio Managers in Mental Health and Addictions portfolio's.


Kieran McHale

Kieran McHale

Kieran is originally from the UK and has spent the last 15 year working within the New Zealand NGO sector. His key responsibilities are the Mental Health portfolio for the Waikato region.

Email: Kieran.McHale (at) waikatodhb.health.nz

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Marita Ranclaud

Lakes District Health Board

Marita is Rotorua born and bred and has a background in mental health nursing with post graduate qualifications in Maori & Pacific Development and Health Science (C & A Psychiatry). Marita is passionate about mental health and has a particular interest in workforce development, youth & Maori mental health issues.

Email: Marita.Ranclaud (at) lakesdhb.govt.nz

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Rachel Poaneki

Waikato DHB

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.

Email: Rachel.Poaneki (at) waikatodhb.health.nz

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Lesley Watkins

Bay of Plenty DHB

Lesley is from Whakatane and has an extensive background in mental health social work both in the UK and New Zealand. She has a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and a Masters in Social Work involving research on the experiences of Bay of Plenty mothers with mental illness and/or addiction issues.

She is most proud of her work alongside consumers in the Eastern Bay of Plenty to establish consumer-led services and has a personal and professional interest in maternal mental health and family/Whanau inclusive approaches within the mental health & addiction field.

Email: Lesley.Watkins (at) bopdhb.govt.nz

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Jenny James

Taranaki DHB

Jenny James is from Taranaki and has worked for Taranaki DHB Planning and Funding and Provider Arm (through its various entities) over the last 17 years. Her roles have included Business Analyst and various Portfolio areas since the establishment of DHBs. Jenny currently holds the Child & Youth and Mental Health & Addictions portfolio. She is delighted to be taking up the new portfolio at a time when there is lots of challenging and exciting developments underway in the sector.

Email: Jenny.James (at) tdhb.org.nz

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Ellen Fisher

Hauora Tairawhiti

Ellen joined Te Puna Waiora, the funding arm of TDH, in May as Portfolio Manager for Mental Health and Addiction services as well as Health of Older People and Palliative Care.  Not only is she new to portfolio management, she is new to Gisborne but is really enjoying the move from Hawke’s Bay.  There, Ellen worked for ACC as a support coordinator for those with serious injuries. A registered nurse by background, Ellen has spent most of her working life at Auckland District Health Board in a variety of roles before moving to Whanganui and then to Napier

The Health of Older People portfolio includes working with aged care providers (e.g. rest homes), home and community support services, non-governmental organisations (e.g. Alzheimer’s Society), as well as services provided to those with chronic health conditions who are under 65 years of age.

The Mental Health and Addictions portfolio covers the lifespan and includes services from primary to secondary care.  TDH provides treatment in secondary care and works with a number non-governmental organisations in the primary sector. Work is currently underway to support primary mental health care provision in general practice.

The palliative care portfolio covers those working in end of life care.

 EmailEllen.Fisher (at) tdh.org.nz