Te Ao Whanau Leadership
This network is accountable to the five DHBs through the Midland Regional Network (Midland Director) to provide strategic advice and support to key strategic developments at a national and regional level. This network is the mandated family whanau voice of the Midland region mental health and addictions network and are responsible for consulting widely with their specific networks to ensure that the advice and support provided accurately reflects the sector that they represent.
Membership is based on skills and expertise that members bring to the whanau sector. Membership also reflects the diverse communities that are represented in the Midland region.
Expression of Interest for Te Ao Whanau / Family Whanau Network
Generating Action For Families Whanau was formed in 2005 as the mandated Midland Regional Family Whanau voice and has been functioning as an information and coordinated forum since its inception. Providing a family whanau perspective on regional strategies is one of the key requirements of the group, with members being responsible for consulting widely with their specific networks to ensure that the advice and support provided accurately reflects the sector they represent.
- Do you have a family member with mental illness or addiction?
- Are you interested in being part of a dynamic group for family whanau representatives in MH&A services who form part of a successful network for Midland Region which informs and influences the Ministry of Health?
- Do you have a passion for ensuring services are client centred and family focussed?
YES? Then we need you!!
We are now inviting nominations for this network and would be pleased if you would complete the EOI by putting yourself or another person forward to be considered. Click here for EOI criteria and application form.
Te Ao Whanau Members
Born: Waimate South Canterbury
Raised: On a farm in Waikakahi 7 1/2 miles from Waimate.
- I year farming.
- 14 years at Pukeuri freezing works, North Otago
- 2 years - Waterfront Industries Commission - Mount Maunganui - Pay office, Labour accounts. Bureau.
- 2 years 3rd, 2nd and 1st Chief North Shore Hospital, Auckland.
- 18 months Cherry Farm Hospital – Otago: (1 yr. central kitchen, 3 months psychiatric assistant, 3 months managing a garden gang for Cherry Farm residents).
- 4 years co-managing Rest Homes in Orokanui and Dunedin.
- 10 years managing a level two home in Oamaru for people experiencing mental unwellness for PACT Otago, also managing 60 hours community support per week
- I year as National Quality Coordinator for Supporting Families NZ. (then Schizophrenia Fellowship NZ)
- 20 months as Acting National Manager for Supporting Families NZ. (then Schizophrenia Fellowship NZ)
- 3.5 years as the Manager of the WORX Department for Gracelands Group of Services Te Awamutu.
Current Role: Trust Manager for the Western Bay of Plenty Mental Health Trust since 2011.
Quals: Certificates in:
- Quality Systems and Auditing Principles.
- International Management and Technology ISO 9001:2000 Lead Auditor.
- NZIM Quality Management. NZOQ Internal Auditing.
- Mental Health.
- Solution Focused Supervision.
- Family Connections Leadership.
- Te Wana Accreditation and Quality Reviewing.
- Tiriti O Waitangi.
Plus many one-day trainings attended
Skills I bring: The above plus:
- A passion for people and walking alongside.
- Down-to-earthiness and a sprinkling of humour.
Representation: Families throughout the Bay of Plenty through networks and reports from key organisations, plus face to face consultation with families.
Nationally through long-term connections with organisations in the sector.
- Bachelor of Arts Double Major - Maori & New Zealand Studies (Rangahau/Research and Management)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting
- Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching
- Masters of Arts Waikato University
- Takarangi Competencies
Tena Koutou katoa
Ko Tau Korea Moeke toku ingoa Ko Operu me Kahuitara nga Maunga Ko Reporua me Makatote nga Awa Ko Ngati Rangi me Te Aitanga a Mate nga Hapu Ko Ngati Uepohatu me Ngati Porou nga Iwi
I was educated in the East Coast and Gisborne District. I worked in the Meat Industry for 26 years and then up skilled at Waikato University.
My role as kaumatua with Te Ap Whanau is to assist, to contribute and educate those members with the conditions of tikanga, kawa and Te Reo in their practices. By ensuring that these practices are adhered to by all and for all concerned will help those in the network to deliver effective services.
As my immediate family are most paramount in my life my emphasis will be to make an effort to identify and embrace new ways and processes to ensure that the whanau will be the centre of all considerations.
No reira e nga iwi e nga mana e nga reo. Noho ora mai kouotu i roto i o koutou Kainga Oranga. Kia tae mai te wa ka tutaki ai tatou.
Naku Noa Tau Moeke
Role: Family and Whanau Advisor Mental Health Taranaki DHB
Credentials: Diploma of Teaching and B Ed. (a double major in Education and Curriculum studies) I have 4 years experience in education research which involved considerable consultation and communication.
Sector Linkages and Networks: I am a member of the Taranaki Local Advisory Group and over the last six months have been building my relationships within the DHB and NGO sector as well as developing my own advisory group as a Family and Whanau Advisor. I am also a member of the ‘National DHB Family, Whanau Advisors’ group.
Profile: I live with my partner Anne and between us we have 5 adult children and 9 Grandchildren. None of our children live with us but we do share our home with Anne’s Mother who has Dementia.
I have a varied employment history starting in Civil Service Personnel Management and progressing through Bicycle Mechanic, Organic Farmer, School Teacher, Educational Researcher, Adult Education Manager and today Family and Whanau Advisor. There were also other bits and pieces along the way not worth listing here.
Skills that I Bring:
1. Personal experience of supporting a family member with mental health and/or addiction that allows you to provide a family whanau perspective preferably over a range of age groups or specialty areas.
I am qualified by experience having supported two family members and a close friend through episodes of acute mental illness. Two of these whanau used Adult Services and one MHSOP. As a teacher I also had involvement with whanau and students using CAMHS and worked with CAMHS staff.
2. Strong leadership skills with established networks into key stakeholder groups or representative nominations from the key stakeholder groups.
My work in Educational Research was about improving the achievement of Maori students in mainstream schools which involved a lot of consultation with students, whanau and teachers then trying to apply their ideas and desires in a constructive and mutually satisfying manner consistent with best practice evidence. This was a nation wide project involving a number of schools at different levels, each with an embedded facilitator driving and monitoring change unique to that school but also working together in what was effectively a managed network communicating mostly by e-mail with hui 7 to 9 times each year.
Apart from consultation and feedback I did not work directly with Maori students during this project the focus was on initiating systems and practice change within the school, evaluating the benefits (or otherwise) of those changes and communicating those outcomes to students, whanau, teachers, the Ministry of Education and at national conferences. We trialled a number of initiatives and embedded those most effective at sustaining change. During my four years on this project the school I was based at consistently raised the average academic scores of it’s new cohorts of Maori pupils from 1 year below national averages to equal or better than national averages for all students results which were considered outstanding.
3. Strong communication skills with established relationships with key stakeholder groups / networks where information can be fed to and from the network
I am reasonably academic having a Diploma of Teaching and B Ed. which equips me to understand / decipher the documents MRGAFW deals with. My most recent previous employment included managing adult education programmes including several adult literacy programmes, this has left me with an understanding and passion about how important it is that we tailor documents so that the language is accessible to lay people. Since becoming a Family and Whanau Advisor it has become very apparent to me that the MH&A sector is often writing at a level that excludes many of our people and if I want to genuinely consult the full spectrum of Family and Whanau I need to bridge that gap.
I have only been in my role for 10 months so I am still developing my relationships with stakeholder groups. I have mostly been working with SF Taranaki support group people but I am aware that this group is not truly representative of whanau who use our service, being generally retired people who have been involved with Mental Health Services for many years. I am slowly building relationships with a broader base of stakeholders, but it is frustratingly slow as whanau who are new to our service generally have more immediate priorities.
4. A good understanding of national and regional drivers
Being relatively new to a Family and Whanau Advisor role I have put a lot of effort into understanding how MH&A services work and I think I have developed a good understanding of national and regional drivers.
5. Working with Maori expertise
Some of my ancestors are Maori however I regard myself as culturally Pakeha. I have had what I believe was significant success working with Maori, firstly as a teacher where my success with disadvantaged Maori boys in particular led to me being shoulder tapped to lead the school’s work on improving Maori student achievement. When I was managing adult education almost half of our students had Maori ancestors and we achieved equitable outcomes for them.
I have never considered working with Maori to be particularly difficult or unique. Consult widely, tap into the power of whanau, show everyone the respect they are due and act with integrity.
6. Proven track record for delivering results.
I have a track record of delivering results both as the person directly producing the outcome and the person initiating and leading change. I find the role of the person initiating and leading change the most challenging as so much is out of my hands and I can’t just work longer hours until I achieve a result. Instead I had to learn to educate, motivate and then be patient. What I have found is that if you can show people a pathway to a better result they will follow it.
Role: AOD Family Whanau Advisor, Taranaki DHB
- Family and Whanau Advisor, Alcohol and Drug service
- Facilitator - FADS (Family alcohol and drug support and education group)
- Educator – Salvation Army Bridge programme: Including Family in Recovery
- MRGAFW member – Current Co-Chair
- Family Liaison for Eating Disorders – CAMHS and Adult MH
- MH&A Family member
Sector Linkages and Networks:
- Local: Taranaki MH&A Networkers Group, TLAG – Taranaki Local Advisory Group, FADS – consultation for feedback and service evaluation
- Regional: Midland Regional Network – MRGAFW
- National: National Family Advisors Network, Matua Raki Consumer Workforce Development network
- 6 years as Family Advisor for Taranaki Alcohol & Drug Service
- 5 years as Facilitator of FADS
- 5 years MRGAFW member
- 15 years supporting a loved one with mental health and addiction issues – CEP focus.
Skills that I Bring: To the role of a Te Ao Whanau member I bring an enduring passion for improving MH&A services and an understanding that the managed network approach to the Midland Regional Network will provide better opportunities for the family voice to influence sector development at a strategic level.
Through consultation with the Taranaki FADS group I am confident I represent the interests of Taranaki’s AOD families and look forward to bringing their voice to discussions at a regional level.
My connection with the National Family Advisors Network provides seamless information sharing between regional and national strategies, enabling a stronger, better coordinated approach.
My years as AOD Family and Whanau Advisor have given me experience in reviewing and providing feedback into local, regional and national MH&A documents and projects. I enjoy working as part of the MRGAFW team to provide expert family advice to the Midland Regional Director, informing decisions regarding MH&A sector development and improvement from a family perspective.
Although I work in a mainstream service I am sensitive to the unique needs of Maori within MH&A and strive to improve services for whanau wherever possible, encouraging an holistic, whanau inclusive approach and recognising the importance of identifying the specific cultural needs of each individual whanau. I value opportunities to consult with my Maori colleagues and seek cultural advice to improve my practice at every opportunity.
I bring with me the support and confidence of my Team Leader, management and team and look forward to the challenges ahead.
I also bring my Q.B.E. (Qualified by Experience ?) as a family member of an adult daughter with mental health and addiction problems.
Role: Director of Rostrevor House Inc, Hamilton
David Foreman Excellence and Business Performance Management: Te Wananga O Aotearoa (Small business Maori Management)
- Live Experiences
Sector Linkages and Networks:
- Eight years Family Representative to the Local Advisory Group (LAG), Facilitator Waikato Family Provider Group (WFPGrp), Original Clinical Governance Group member to support Waikato DHB, Child and Youth and Addictions Services covering North and South regions (South Waikato & Hauraki regions),( Southern & Northern Waikato CAMHS cluster).
- Provided input into revised services specs (A national project).
Ko Te Arawa te Waka
Ko Tongariro te Maunga
Ko Tuwharetoa te Iwi
Ko Kauriki te Marae
Ko Ann Grennell toku ingoa
I have worked in the NGO sector for 24 years under contracts for corrections (working for inmates in prison and their families), health (working in support of families with children diagnosed with child mental health conditions e.g. ADHD, ADD, ODD), and CY&F (working with families of children with challenging behaviours, CD). Of those 24 years I have fulfilled the roles of fieldworker and whanau worker(specifically working in support of & alongside Maori Whanau). For the past 17 years I have been in a Management role for Rostrevor House Inc – (Providing specialist support services to children, adult and families having a range of diagnosed undiagnosed mental health conditions).
Managed change from the MRHA through to DHB. Successful negotiations for funding increases and bid for ‘cluster’ place in both regions for the Waikato Cluster.
Career History: Whilst working for Rostrevor House professional achievements are growth and development of Rostrevor House Inc from one part time staff (15 hours) to 11 staff (Main office in Hamilton, two branch offices in Tokoroa and Hauraki). Developed and completed NMHSS and also developed and achieved a Maori Health Plan (MHP). I have achieved standard requirement to meet the DHB audit, Policy and procedures required to meet the CY&F Audit (16 standards of approval leading on to successful negotiations with (MSD) Strengthening Families contract for service delivery and training contracts. Also held a seat on Local Management Service Group, was original member to lead out costings around payments for services and roles for S/F e.g. Lead Agency Co-ordinator roles.
Skills that I Bring: My earlier years of life were one of immediate family members being incarcerated at a very early age for several years on and off (this continues). Another alcohol and drug abuse residential programme, (with varying levels of dependency still today) and having a mental illness still being managed through medication, therefore I believe I can provide personal insight support for the evaluation criteria, particularly around Maori COPMI, addictions child adolescent and / or youth.
I would definitely consider that I have strong leadership skills through my work history and in particular my successful application for a scholarship to attend the (IIMHL) International Initiative Mental Health Leadership application (10 only throughout NZ, this I achieved twice) thereby representing NZ family work on an international and global scale.
Growth and development of Rostrevor House Inc from one part time staff (15 hours) to 11 full time staff (Main office in Hamilton, two branch offices in Tokoroa and Hauraki) (mix of SW/MH workers, Child/Adult consultant psychiatrist) - Family social workers attached to clinical staff members.
I believe I can provide a balanced perspective required in influencing change, promoting discussion for the betterment of families, I know I possess this quality and skill. I also understand the politics of the health environment, from funding and planning through to service delivery and am undaunted and confident in my challenges at all levels.
I was happy to put my name forward as a member for Ao Whanau and have had my application endorsed by the Waikato Provider Family Group.
Role: Cultural Assessor, Hauora Tairawhiti & Manager, Te Kupenga Net Trust
Credentials: Bachelor Matauranga Maori, Post graduate Diploma Maori Studies, Post Graduate Diploma Maori and Management, Diploma Suicide Intervention and Prevention, Educator Maori Suicide and Intervention, Education Clinical Processes of Death and Dying
Sector Linkages and Networks: Community Mental Health and Addictions, Acute Mental health and Addictions, Supporting Families Tairawhiti, Te Kupenga Net Trust, Ngati Porou Hauora, Turanga Health, Koroua and Kuia Local, Marae Groups, Whanau whanui, Maori Qualifications Whakaruruhau Chair (National), MR GAFW and MR Worforce Advisory Group.
Kia ora tatou
Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Ko Uepohatu te Ariki Tapaeru
Ko Uepohatu te Iwi
Ko Maui te tipuna
Ko Maui te Atua
Ko Porourangi te tangata
Ko Nga Tini o Porou - Ngati Porou whanau whanui te iwi te rohe
I am first and foremost wahine Maori, a wife, mum and grandmother. However in my other life I am a cultural assessor for the Cultural Assessment Team Community Mental Health and Addictions Tairawhiti District Health Board. It is a privilege and pleasure to work for the only integrated cultural and mainstream team in Mental Health in Aotearoa that works alongside of the Psychiatric Assessment Team for all crisis and acute intervention 24/7, where kaupapa Maori intervention is valued, respected and acted on at first point of contact and assessment. I have been in this role for nearly four years. Previously I worked for Hauora Maori in General Medicine as the Kaiatawhai – Advocate for Maori inpatients at TDH. I have also worked with the Bereavement Care Team (Mortality Management Specialists) Counties Manukau District Health Board.
Skills that I Bring: A definite Maori lens in terms of working with family and whanau. I have extensive experience working at a national and regional level for Maori centred initiatives. I believe in and promote the health and well being of Maori and whanau and that the essence of Maori is found in our culture and the tohu that have been left by tipuna.
I have management skills, the ability to view issues through a wide lens, I have extensive front line working knowledge of acute un-wellness for Tangata Whaiora and understand the absolute importance for the involvement of whanau whakapapa or whanau kaupapa as part of healing.
Role: Family Whanau Advisor, MH&A Tairawhiti
- National Mental Health Support Work Certificate
- General & Applied Psychology paper
- National Certificate in Business Computing
- In service WRAP training (Mary-Ellen Copeland’s program)
- Attended numerous workshops: Like Minds – Stigma and discrimination, Co-existing Disorders, Psychosis Early Intervention etc.
- Currently undertaking final year Bachelor in Social Work (Bi-culturalism in practice)
Former member of He Tipuana Nga Kakano, Te Tairawhiti representative – very brief stay.
Local working relationships with: CAMHS, TDH Community Mental Health and Addictions, TDH Acute Inpatient Unit, Primary Health, Local NGO Mental Health and Addictions, Local NASC, Local Social Service agencies - Tau Awhi Men’s Centre; Te Aka Ora; STAND, Education sector – Gisborne Gisborne Girls High School, Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Lytton High School.
I was introduced to mental illness at a very early stage of my life however the term "mental illness" was unheard of and what I witnessed my older adult sister going through was referred to as a "nervous breakdown". As a result of this experience, I know only too well the impacts that such a breakdown has on the family and whanau as a whole; and realise that the breakdown and recovery do not occur in isolation. Although I recognise that each situation is a deeply and personally unique one, I am able to draw on this experience and provide a family and whanau perspective.
I left school at the age of 15yrs to pursue work in a factory. Started off in operations then progressively moved towards the management team undertaking Quality Control Work and 2IC. At the age of 23yrs I had accepted and was ready to embark on the promotional offer as Shift Supervisor which never eventuated due to my first episode of un-wellness.
2007 – Completed the National Certificate in Mental Health Support Work. Also had my first and only child during this year. Continued to study part time, and pick up part time employment as a retail assistant before landing a full time employment opportunity with Challenge Trust.
2010 – 2014 Employee of Challenge Trust; aka Recovery Solutions as Peer Support, also picking up additional roles with the likes of Consumer Representative, and intermittent periods as Team Leader. My employment with Recovery Solutions involved ongoing engagement and interaction with tangata whaiora, their family and whanau and significant others, for example the clinical staff. The Peer Support role enabled a consumer perspective to guide and inform provision of service.
2014 Part-time position as Rangatahi and Whanau Support Social Worker employed by Te Aka Ora and contracted to Gisborne Girls High School.
- Ability to engage with people from all walks of life
- Solution focused attitude
- Ability to challenge the status quo
- Meet deadlines and work within timeframes
- Effective communication skills
- Research and rangahau
- Report writing
- Critical analysis
- Proficient in data analysis and reports
- Basic knowledge and understanding of tikanga and kawa
- Basic Te Reo speaker
- Passionate about making a difference – outcome drive
- Libby Moeke, Recovery Solutions, Tairawhiti
- Shelley Martin, Linkage Trust
Te Ao Whanau 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