The purpose of the Workforce Strategy Network is to provide regional strategic leadership and a mandated voice at a regional level for workforce that has:

  •         A regional focus
  •         A mental health and addiction specialty
  •         Linked to National Workforce Centre's direction
  •         Linked to Health Workforce New Zealand direction

The group was formed in January 2009 and has recently completed an Expression of Interest process to move into a managed network.  The Terms of Reference define the networks roles and responsibilities.

Click here for Terms of Reference



Workforce Strategy Members

Pene Te Puni - Service Leader, Taranaki 

Credentials:  BN, RCompN, PGCert Health Science

Sector Linkages: 

  •  Work in partnership with Taranaki District Health Board
  • Also working as a collaborative partner with Pathways and other Wise group services
  • Working along side corrections. Also involved with Sector trial collaborations
  • Functional relationships with addiction services- Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust and Salvation Army.


Of Ngati Awa descent, I am very privileged to be in a position of managing Mental Health and Addiction services for our Kaupapa Maori service that is owned by the 8 iwi in Taranaki.

I started working for the newly amalgamated Tui Ora 3 years ago and in that time have been part of large scale change with the Residential and Community Support service as well as an alignment across the entire organisation to better meet aspirational health and wellbeing outcomes for whanau.

My personal story is about my own journey from solo mother with young children, studying to be come a nurse and working in Mental Health in many varied roles such as community nurse, in patient nurse, residential and community care nursing over the previous decade and a half.

After obtaining a qualification for dual diagnosis, I worked in at Taranaki District health Board as a CEP Nurse before becoming the team leader for Alcohol and Drug service.

My passion has developed from an individual focus of wanting to provide the best care I possibly can to wanting to develop services to deliver the highest standard of service delivery possible.

My intention is to apply my skills and acquired talents to drive forward meaningful change in Mental Health and Addiction Services to best meet the needs of an evolving and changing population.

My additional passion is working with and for Taranaki Maori- it ensures my connectedness with who I am.


  • Frontline clinician experience inclusive of adult learning/up-skilling.
  • Leadership of large teams and management experience.
  • Experience of clinical, operational and strategic planning and management.
  • Experience of managing multiple contracts and realignment of services project.
  • Passion for developing quality services and managing staff from a variety of skills and background.
  • Vision that aligns with ‘On track- knowing where we are going’
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to think outside of the square.
Selina Paerata - Team Leader, Waikato

Selina PaerataCredentials:

  • Post Graduate Diploma Business (2016-2018 current)
  • Te Puutaketanga o Te Reo (2018)
  • Certificate in Leadership & Management
  • Diploma in Alcohol & Other Drug Studies
  • Bachelor Applied Social Science Counselling
  • Certificate Small Business Studies
  • Diploma Arataki Manu Korero (Maori Studies)
  • DAPAANZ registered Practitioner


  • Midland Addiction Leadership Network (2016-2018)
  • Midland Workforce Leadership Network (2017-2018)
  • Te Pae Tawhiti Advisory Group (2017-2018)
  • Waikato Alcohol & Other Drug Providers Group (2014-2018)
  • Waikato Local Advisory Group (2014-2015)
  • Waikato Local Advisory Group (Oct 2017 to Feb 2018 - Interim Rep)
  • Ko te Paataka Oranga o Te Ao Wairua Southern Waikato Cluster Governance Group (member)
  • Ko te Paataka Oranga o te Ao Wairua: Kaupapa Maori Advisory Group (Chairperson)
  • Involved in Youth Social Sector Trials Te Kuiti and Taumarunui


For the past 12 years I have worked in both the gambling and addiction field for both Government and Non Government Organisations with adults and youth. 

I am the Clinical Team Leader for Pai Ake Solutions Ltd (2017).  Previously worked in the roles of Rangatahi AOD Case Manager for Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust (6 years).  AOD Clinician for Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa.  Youth AOD Counsellor; Gambling Counsellor for Hauora Waikato (3 years); Gambling Counsellor for Rural Mental Health & Addiction (South Team) WDHB and Drug & Alcohol Counsellor for Care NZ Drug & Alcohol Service (3 month contract)

Turaukawa Bartlett - Youth AOD Practitioner, Waikato

T BartletCredentials:

  • 2017 Bob Henare Award (Te Rau Matatini) – Excellence toward Māori Mental Health.
  • 2016 Careerforce Future Māori Business Leader Award
  • Level 7 Diploma in Addictions Counselling – Te Taketake (current studies)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health Support – Careerforce
  • Level 4 Certificate in Health Promotion
  • Level 5 Certificate in Whaikōrero / Tikanga studies – Te Wānanga o Raukawa
  • Level 4 Certificate in Te Reo Māori – Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Sector Linkages & Networks:

  • Member of the ‘Tautoko ki Waikato’ – Waikato Mental Health Advisory Rōpū
  • Member of ‘Mana Tane ki Waikato’ – Māori Men’s Health Advisory Rōpū
  • Founding member of ‘Korowai Tupu’ – Professional Association of Youth Workers in Aotearoa
  • Member of ‘Safer Coromandel’ – Coromandel Health Promotion and Strategy Development Rōpū.


Ko Maungakiekie te maunga
Ko te Waitematā te moana
Ko Māhuhu ki-te-rangi te waka
Ko Tumutumuwhenua te whare
Ko Takaparawhau te whenua
Ko Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei te iwi

I describe myself as a proud young Māori; devoted father to a child with special needs (ASD), and a husband to my soul mate of over 12 years.  I hail from Orākei – Tāmaki Makaurau, where I was raised under the guidance of my grandmother; of whom gifted me the values of pono (honesty), māhaki (humility) and the notion of continually seeking and developing mātauranga (knowledge). I am a student of Te Reo Rangatira / Te Reo Māori and strongly passionate about the development and promotion of the language in all cultures and ethnicities; believing it to be a pathway of strengthening the understanding of Te Ao Māori.

Since 2016, I have supported Rangatahi in the Hauraki rohe as a Youth Worker and student AOD – Alcohol and Other Drug counsellor for Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki. In this role, I have had the opportunity to support Rangatahi and their Whānau ‘kanohi ki te kanohi’; allowing me to gain a true perspective of the issues and barriers our Whaiora currently experience.  These issues often relate to the normalisation of the many inter-generation trends and behaviours often involving substance use, and the subsequent effects on their mental wellbeing. These issues are most prevalent within the Māori community and carry a tremendous amount of tapu – sacredness and stigma contributing to their lack of engagement in the much needed services. As a strong believer in whānau collaboration and ‘mana enhancement’, I endeavour to utilise the concept of Tino Rangatiratanga / Self Determination in strengthening a person’s cultural identity; forming and guiding a pathway to wellness.

This passion is also reflected in my belief that Māori should be given a ‘voice’ in the consultation, development and implementation of all health service strategies. This is not simply because we are significantly over represented in poor health statistics, but also representing a commitment to upholding our nation’s obligations to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi, as well as the understanding that ‘Maori know what is good for Maori’. As a member of various reference and strategy development rōpū, I am able to exercise this passion ensuring that this ‘voice’ is not only heard, but acknowledged and recognised as the foundation of which any, and all strategies must be built upon.

Skills I Bring: 

My skills strongly relate to my ability to lead, unify and mobilise rangatahi and their whānau to take action in strengthening their own communities. This is a concept that centres itself on Tino Rangatiratanga and the promotion of positive health strategies, breaking the socially constructed discourses that promote welfare dependency and a reoccurring cycle of cultural disconnection.

Examples of this include:

  • The development of ‘Rangatahi Empowering Rangatahi’. A rangatahi based programme aimed at building the leaders of tomorrow, today.
  • The implementation of ‘Mates Before Crates’. A health promotion strategy aimed at empowering rangatahi and their whānau to make safer decisions relating to their alcohol use.
  • Establishing the ‘Turaukawa – All for Varden’ Facebook page. An on-line forum aimed at inspiring whānau to seek education; enhance their use of Te Reo Māori; and raising awareness of the various issues facing Maori including suicide prevention.

An example of this is seen with an interview of Sarah Tully – Dairy NZ Suicide Awareness Promoter. I was able to utilise social media as a forum to promote the awareness of suicide prevention. Within two weeks, the video had received over 1000 views and shared among different pages, including the Mana Tane Ora o Aotearoa and various rangatahi forums. This also created a pathway of initiating ‘healthy’ and courageous discussions.

Other interviews held also relate to motivating rangatahi to embrace their culture; professionalising the health sector and creating stronger inter-community networks and relationships.

As a ‘ face’ on the ‘frontline’ and recognised community leader,  I believe I have the ability to provide the crucial information and undiluted feedback needed to appropriately evaluate and identify the ‘real’ success or failure of any past,  present or any proposed future strategies. It seems of common thought that the development and implementation of any strategy, especially for our most disenfranchised population, must centre itself on meeting the ‘true’ need of the people it suggest to support.

This also relates to the rural environment in which I deliver support; providing a voice for those living in the ‘outskirts, a population often overseen in the development of the seemingly suburban focused strategies.

Whilst I understand that I do not possess a lifetime of experience in the health sector, I do possess a true passion for improving the wellbeing of Whaiora; in particular Te iwi Māori. I can only hope that this passion is an element that can be utilised in strengthening this group’s united voice.

Nga manaakitanga Turaukawa Bartlet

Hine Moeke-Murray - General Manager, Tairawhiti

Hine MCredentials:  Bachelor of Matauranga Maori (Te Wananga o Raukawa), Post Graduate Diploma Maori Studies (Massey University), Post Graduate Diploma Maori and Management (Te Wananga o Raukawa), Educator, Facilitator for working with Maori world view in cultural and non cultural environments. Former Kaiarahi for the Cultural Assessment Team Mental Health and Addictions Tairawhiti District Health, Whakaruruhau Matua for Te Ara Nunumi NZQA, current member of Midlands Region Te Ao Whanau (formerly Midlands Region Generating Action for Family and Whanau), Cultural Advisor for NGO groups within Tairawhiti, tutor for Te Wananga o Raukawa and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in whanau and hapu development, tutor for appropriate cultural intervention and assessment for NGO sector within Te Tairawhiti, completed the suicide intervention and prevention diploma with Te Pu Wananga o Anamata, Nga Purei Whakataa Ruamano

Sector Linkages:

Te Kupenga Net Trust, Recovery solutions, Midlands Regional Groups - Te Ao Whanau and Midland Workforce Advisory, Marae within Tairawhiti, Wananga, Mental Health Services and Education with Whanau, Ngati Porou Hauora, Turanga Health, Tairawhiti District Health and all Mental Health Sectors within the organisation.


Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Te Te Aitang a Mate raua ko Ngati Rangi nga Hapu
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 three 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.

I have had various past roles in leadership and management although not all in the health or the mental health sector. I chose a particular line of academic study specifically pertaining to Maori, Maori world view, Maori philosophy and Maori, Management and Leadership from a Maori perspective.  All the skills that I have gained are utilised in practice in Maori Mental Health.

I stay abreast of national drivers for Maori and participate in this from a NZQA forum with Te Whakaruruhau Hau Matua and as the chair of Te Ara Nunumi Whakaruruhau.

I have been extensively involved in the forward development of Mental health Assessment for hapu and train local NGO in cultural assessment appropriate to this rohe.

Skills 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.

  • Management
  • Auditing
  • Networking
  • Strategic Development
  • Strong Communication
  • Education and Training

I have management skills, assessment skills, auditing, 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.

Andrea Rowe - Service Leader MH&A, Taranaki

Andrea RoweCredentials:

  • M.Ed (Couns)
  • BA (Psych) PGCert HsC
  • PGCert Mgt
  • DAPAANZ registered AOD practitioner
  • MNZAC.

Sector Linkages:

  • Local & regional links to workforce development through local & regional workforce hui/workshops
  • Past & current national links to workforce development through Te Pou, Matua Raki, Te Rau Matatini, DAPAANZ, NZAC and training institutes.


  • Worked in the mental health and addiction      field as a clinician and manager in a variety of local and national roles (clinical, project and leadership) across the spectrum of primary and secondary mental health and addiction in both DHB’s and NGO’s.
  • Work roles have covered women’s health, addiction in community & prison settings, child & adolescent mental health, adult mental health in community & residential settings.     
  • Worked in Maori Mental Health & Addiction settings for the last 4 years.


  • Involvement in innovative service development projects led to interest in developing new workforce roles, for example STEP N.P.
  • Leadership roles in Hauraki, Waikato and Taranaki provided insight into Midland as a region.
  • Bring leadership/management skills from service delivery roles at local and national levels.
  • Developed Governance skills, from Clinical Governance in CAMHS  Hauraki, Family Violence Intervention Forum - Taranaki.
  • Contributed to advisory and working groups regionally and nationally, eg Midlands AOD residential review, Accelerating Effective Interventions.
  • Supporting Families, Healthy Children, current lead as Service Manager Lead for Tui Ora
Donna Starling - Consumer Leader & Navigator, Lakes

Donna StarlingCredentials: 18 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.
Marita Ranclaud - Portfolio Manager, Lakes
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.

The Workforce Leadership Network is supported by the Midland Regional Mental Health & Addiction 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