Workforce Leadership Network

The purpose of the Workforce Leadership 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.

Midland Workforce Leadership Network Terms of Reference Feb 2013 


Workforce Leadership Members

c-mokomoko.jpgCindy Mokomoko 

Role: General Manager, Te Puna Hauora Ki Uta Ki Tai Tauranga


  • 2007 - Post-Graduate Cert  Clinical Child and Adolescent Mental Health Auckland University
  • 2004 - Post-graduate Cert Health Management Waikato University. 
  • 2004 - Te Ara Reo undergraduate Diploma.  Te Wananga o Aotearoa
  • 2001 - Masters degree in Social Work. Massey University. 
  • 1995 - Post-graduate Diploma Social Sciences. Massey University. 
  • 1992 - Certificate in Community and Social Work. Massey University. 
  • 1990 -  Maori Women in Aotearoa. (Paper). Waikato University
  • Te Reo Maori Years 1, 2, 3,Waikato University
  • 1998 - Certificate in Counselling to Meet Maori Needs BOP Polytech

Sector Linkages:

Local: A wide range of Govt and non-Govt services and organisations; Tauranga Community Services; Nga Mataapuna Oranga Kaupapa Maori PHO; Hauora Maori; BOPDHB; Eastern and Western BOP PHO; Iwi services.

Regional: Nga Purei Whakaata Ruamano and membership; Te Ahurei Hamilton; Whakatohea Health and Social Services, Tu Tama Wahine Taranaki, MR Workforce Advisory Group (past).

National: Te Rau Matatini; The Werry Centre; Matua Raki


Career History
I have worked in Maori Community health for 6 years  and Kaupapa Maori  Mental Health for the past 17 years. During that time I have initiated and set up community services – as well as setting up the Kaupapa Maori Mental Health services within the BOP DHB. More recently, I have set up the development of Kaupapa  Maori Mental Health services devolved from the BOP DHB to the community, Te Puna Hauora Ki Uta Ki Tai.

I have been involved in setting up the Whanau Ora projects and service development through Nga Mataapuna Oranga, through to facilitating and delivering the training of Whanau Ora Assessments to practitioners within the NMO Network.

Governance Boards
I am currently and have been the Chairperson of the Whaioranga Trust Health and Social Services Board for the past 12 years.  I am also on the Governance Board of the Nga Mataapuna Oranga Maori PHO.  In my years of service in these roles, I have learned governance roles and responsibilities.

Workforce Development
Workforce development has been a passion of mine for many years. In the services that I have managed, I ensured that workforce development strategies, processes and protocols were in place for staff in on-going training and career development. As part of that work, I ensured that  students and New Grads were a part of the organisational workforce development.  This continues in the NGO that I currently manage.

Over the past 4 years, I have been involved in Maori Workforce Development  at a national level, working with Te Rau Matatini on projects to enhance workforce and career development for young people. I have also been involved in workforce issues for services around Tamariki/Rangatahi health. I am a mentor of a national Rangatahi  workforce development Advisory group. I have also initiated and supported other advisory groups.

As part of my role in the NMO network, I am on the Whanau Ora Leadership group where we have formulated systems and structures to embed the Whanau Ora model of work. Some of this has included developing and delivery of the practitioner training of Whanau Ora Assessments.

I have been involved over many years, in a range of activities to help and support  developments  including workforce. The aims have been, towards trying to make changes for Maori at local, regional and national levels, to better support their own health and social needs,  including workforce and career goals.


  • Years of experience and proven track-record in leadership in health
  • Leadership mentoring
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to analyse,  critique and give feedback on documents
  • Wide knowledge of Maori health and social needs
  • Good organisational skills
  • Knowledge of Maori networks, locally, regionall and nationally
  • Knowledge of the mental health and Maori health strengths and disparities
  • Practice wisdom
  • Wide range and knowledge of local, regional and national networks
  • I have a passion for working to support changes in Maori health and social status and recognise the great value in which workforce development is a part

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Pene Te Puni

Role:  Service Leader, Mental Health and Addictions Service, TDHB

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.

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Elaine.jpgElaine Wogan

Role:  Associate Director of Nursing Mental Health and Addiction Service, Bay of Plenty DHB


  • RMN
  • BSc(Hons) Community Nursing Studies, ENB Higher Award Specialist Practitioner
  • PG Cert Management Studies
  • Post Graduate Diploma Health Sciences, Advanced Practice Nursing

Sector Linkages:

  • Te Ao Maramatanga New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses –Chairperson of Practice Board.
  • Member of the National Directors of Mental Health Nursing group.
  • Past linkages with a range of local and regional networks within Auckland. Previous working relationship with Waiparara Trust and local Maori Mental Health services.
  • Previous member of workforce development group for eating disorders with Northern District Support Agency.
  • Working Relationships with Te Pou and Werry Centre
  • Developing networks with local DHBMHAS, Mai i Nga Kuri a Whaarei ki Tihirau, Regional Maori Health Services, local NGO and PHO providers within BOP.


Trained as a RMN in England and gained registration in 1989.  Immigrated to New Zealand with family in 2002.  I am a New Zealand Registered Nurse with extensive experience in the field of mental health.  Expertise in adult mental health, case management, crisis work and home based treatment.  I have worked in a range of specialist services including intensive case management, assertive community treatment (in the UK), eating disorders liaison service, child and adolescent mental health services.

Earlier on in my career I worked with a Community MHSOP, Addiction service managing a methadone prescribing service with a local GP and coordination of needle exchange programme with local pharmacists.  I have extensive clinical knowledge and experience in mental health; I provide an advanced consultative role to the multi-disciplinary clinical teams across the service and DHB. I provide advanced nursing assessment, advice and direct input into complex nursing care plans.  More recently I have undertaken professional leadership roles that promote and support workforce development with a particular focus on the nursing workforce.

I recently joined BOP DHB as ADON for Mental Health and Addiction services prior to this I had a number of clinical and leadership roles within Waitemata DHB.


  • Committed to the advancement of a professional workforce that pursues clinical excellence across all aspects of care delivery with an emphasis on the nursing workforce.
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Clear, open and confident communicator with the ability to involve and collaborate at all levels, inclusive in working relationships
  • Able to use effective communication skills to facilitate better communication across all levels of nursing practice, provide a nursing perspective to others.
  • Advanced skills in coaching, mentoring and clinical supervision of nurses and other mental health professionals.
  • Support and guidance for registered and new graduate nurses regarding personal professional development aligned with the needs of the service.
  • Coaching and mentoring of registered nurses within the Duly Authorised Officer role.

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Andrea RoweAndrea Rowe

Role: Service Leader, Mental Health & Addiction Service, Tui Ora, Taranaki


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

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 Midlands 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.

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klare-braye.jpgKlare Braye

Role:  Project Leader, Matua Raki

Sector Linkages & Networks:

  • Midland regional networks: through regional forums and regional coordinators
  • National links: Ministry, HWNZ, Workforce Development Centres; training institutes, NCAT, dapaanz, etc


I began work in the AoD field in the early 1990's, starting out in the UKs 'wet and dry' house setting.  After intermittent years of travel, study, travel, work and more study, New Zealand became my home.  Over the last 18 years I have worked in a number of roles within the sector including mental health, residential treatment, DHB’s as a clinician/counsellor, a supervisor, lecturer and in supporting research.  My passion lies in promoting addiction related research, working to build CEP capability and building the skills of the workforce to best meet the needs of their clients.


  • Strong clinical foundation
  • Broad scope of practice
  • Experience in a range of service approaches and roles
  • Extensive contacts throughout the addiction and mental health fields

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Bronwyn.jpgBronwyn Dunnachie

Role: Dr/ Senior Advisor, The Werry Centre

Credentials: RN, Med (dist): Counselling Cert, PhD

Sector Linkages:

Links with ICAMH/AOD workforce(s) nationally via Senior Advisor role.  Other national links via projects which include CEP, COPMIA, CAPA implementation, RSPICAMH/AOD competence framework implementation, national ICAMH/AOD Sector days.  Member of IIMHL network internationally.


I have been employed in senior clinical, management and academic roles within mental health and addiction services and education programmes within Australia and New Zealand.  I have specialised in child and youth mental health and addiction work over the last 18 years.


  • Specialist clinical skills
  • Project management
  • Leadership
  • Large group facilitation
  • Relationship management

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Role: Relationships & Workforce Planning Manager, Te Pou

Te Pou has a number of ways in which we can support organisations with service improvement. To strengthen the way in which we plan our activities, my role is to co-ordinate our mental and addiction work and relationships with providers.

Growing up in Christchurch I was quite involved in volunteer work with social service organisations through my family. This led me to study social work, and I then worked in the child and youth area in both New Zealand and the UK. Since 1993 I have worked in mental health both in non-government and district health board services. In the past few years I have been in roles dedicated to service and workforce development.


Addtional Members:

  • Terry Huriwai, Te Rau Matatini
  • Stacey Porter, Werry Centre
  • Linda McCulloch, Tui Ora, Taranki

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The Workforce Leadership Network is supported by the Midland Regional Mental Health & Addictions Network Team: