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

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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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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Selina PaerataSelina Paerata

Role: Clinical Team Leader, Paiake Solutions


  • Post Graduate Diploma Business Administration (Current studies)
  • 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


  • Waikato Alcohol & Other Drug Providers Group
  • 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
  • 2014-2015 Waikato AOD Representative to Waikato Local Advisory Group


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.  Care NZ Drug & Alcohol Service (3 month contract); Rural Mental Health & Addiction (South Team) WDHB; Hauora Waikato (3 years); Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa, Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust (6 years); current 12 month contract with Pai Ake Solutions Ltd as the Clinical Team Leader.             


  • 10 years experience and skill in the addiction field
  • Working with Maori expertise
  • Experience in working with adult; youth and their whānau

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Julie KneeboneJulie Kneebone

Role: Consumer Development Advisor, Waikato DH


  • Lived experience Certificate in Community & Social work
  • Certificate in Mental Health Support Work
  • Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing Care 2
  • Certificate in Adult Teaching Diploma Sport and Recreation
  • Consumer Auditor training
  • Post Graduate Certificate Professional Supervision (1 paper to complete 2014)

Sector Linkages: In the mid-eighties I set up Hamilton Psychiatric Survivors which was the foundation peer network group in the Waikato. Over several years this group established funding to expand the consumer movement; this peer group became known as Centre 401. At the same time I was a member of the former Aotearoa Network of Psychiatric Survivor (ANOPS) I have maintained both professional and personal relationships with many service users, peer groups/organisations. I am a currently a member of the Local Advisory group (LAG) and hold the position as deputy chair.

Profile: My greatest achievement is being the proud mother of my 9 year old son, who gives me much joy and plenty of rewards. I love being involved in all his learning opportunities and sporting achievements.

For the past seven years, in a Consumer Advisory role at Waikato DHB, I have been a part of many service wide strategic initiatives, such as leading consumer roles in seclusion debriefing, by partnering with Progress to Health as part of Waikato DHB overall strategy to reduce and eliminate seclusion, active involvement in the formation of integrated care pathways, MDTs, family inclusive practice, service agreements to improve interagency relationships, membership on clinical governance and  contributions towards operational and service change by advocating service user perspective at all levels.

At the heart of it all, my work is about having a "can do positive attitude", and a willingness to work alongside colleagues and peer groups, with belief in yourself to provide leadership and advice to improve opportunities and quality of life for service users and service wide  improvements.

My passion is in workforce development, facilitating recovery based training to Waikato DHB staff using a collaborative educational approach, and to mentor the development of other services user’s roles in the participation and delivery of recovery focused mental health education. I see the strength and value in working in partnership with other professionals and consumer groups, to align workforce development needs with Waikato DHB organisational strategic plan.


  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Compassionate
  • Facilitation &  Adult Teaching
  • Peer leadership
  • Strong relationship working with  Te Puna Oranga Kaiakawaenga
  • Project Lead
  • Negotiation
  • Public speaking
  • Decision making
  • Clear understanding of the role and functions of managed networks


 Addtional Members:

  • Terry Huriwai, Te Rau Matatini
  • Stacey Porter, Werry Centre

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

  • Eseta Nonu-Reid - Midland Region Director
  • Akatu Marsters - Midland Senior Administrator
  • Steve Neale - Midland Workforce Lead