A project report was consulted widely with the recommendations being endorsed as a way forward for the development of a new Midland Mental Health and Addiction Clinical Governance structure.

As part of Phase II an Implementation Plan was developed and an Expression of Interest with clear expectations of what would be expected of members was sent out across the region. Following a selection panel process, the first meeting of the group occurred in February 2012.

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Meet the Members:

Rees Tapsell - Director of Clinical Services, Waikato  

rees-tapsell.jpg(MBChB, FRANZCP, Certificate of Clinical Teaching)

Sector Linkages and Networks - Psychiatry, Maori, Policy, Research, Management/Governance

Profile - Clinician-Forensic and general adult psychiatrist in public and private practice 15 years. Significant Teaching/training roles. Multiple service developments Tanewhakapiripiri, Te Iho, PUAWAI and Time for Change.

Clinical Director (8 years-differing capacities). Chair multiple committees (local/regional/national/bi-national).  Board Director (2 DHBs, 1 Australasian NFP org, one commercial board). Researcher (2 book chapters, 8 peer reviewed articles)

Skills that I bring to the Network - I have strong clinical and leadership expertise with established clinical networks into key stakeholder groups or representative nominations from the key stakeholder groups reflecting:

  • A regional focus
  • Service development experience
  • Strategic leadership skills
  • Evidence of leading, influencing and communicating sector change
  • Understanding of accountability frameworks
  • Responsible decision making
  • Clear understanding of the role and functions of clinical governance at a leadership level

Strong communication skills with established relationships with key stakeholder groups / networks where information can be fed to and from the network.  Senior Strategic planning and funding expertise with a good understanding of national and regional drivers.  Service management and leadership expertise (DHB (WDHB) NGO (Hauora Waikato) and Primary (Midland Health Network))

  • A regional focus
  • Service development experience
  • Strategic leadership skills

Expertise in working with Maori Consumer/Family expertise.  Specialist service expertise e.g. ECD PUAWAI: Midland Regional Forensic Psychiatry Service.  Proven track record for delivering results.

Michael Bland - Service Manager, Lakes


  • Registered Nurse (Registered General Nurse, Registered Sick Children's Nurse).
  • Master of Philosophy
  • PG Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) {Patho-physiology and nursing

Sector Linkages:

Regional Director of Training represents Midland Region within Health Workforce New Zealand. Direct report to HealthShare CE and indirectly reporting to Midland CEO and Chairs


Long history in nursing leadership and education. A spell in planning and funding, managing mental health and addictions portfolio. More recently Clinical Nurse Director (Waikato DHB), leading the Professional Development Unit.

Based in this newly appointed position since October 2012.


Sound knowledge of workforce and training methodologies. Influence to develop initiatives within the Midland region, particularly around training and education. Good links with Health Workforce New Zealand and the other three regional directors of training.

As part of Phase II an Implementation Plan was developed and an Expression of Interest with clear expectations of what would be expected of members was sent out across the region.  Following a selection panel process, the first meeting of the group occurred in February 2012.

Phyllis Tangitu - General Manager Maori Health, Lakes

phyllis-tangitu.jpgAs Crown agents, DHBs are required to act in a manner that is consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi principles of partnership, participation and protection in the delivery of health and disability services, in order to address disparities in health.

The lead GM Maori Health will  liaise with HealthShare on behalf of the Midland DHBs’ General Managers, Maori Health, to ensure identification of, and advocacy for, issues around Maori health and inequalities.

Joanna Price - Acting Clinical Nurse Director, Lakes

Joanna PriceCredentials

  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Master of Nursing
  • Feedback Informed Treatment trainer and supervisor  

Sector Linkages

  • National DOMHNs Forum
  • DAO Forums


I qualified as a registered nurse in 1995. I have worked in a range of sub-specialities all within the area of mental health & addictions, inclusive of acute ward, consult-liaison psychiatry, maternal mental health, crisis team, clinical nurse educator, and clinical nurse specialist in primary mental health intervention service, now currently acting CND.  Most recently have gone through appropriate training and passed exams to be a qualified feedback informed treatment trainer and supervisor. I am passionate about mental health in terms of its evolution for better outcomes for people that access services.


  • Leadership qualities
  • Leading change
  • Experience within a range of MH&AS subspecialties
  • Implementation of FIT
  • Strong relationship & communication skills
  • Uphold & lead equity for Māori
Suzette Poole - Clinical Adviser, Waikeria

S Poole(RN-MH, PG. Cert in Supervision, PGDip. Forensic Psych., MN)

Kia ora

I was born in Pahiatua and now reside in Te Awamutu. My parents were of English descent. He Māori aku tamariki. Ko Shannon, ko Phillip, Ko Nastassjia and Ko Talitha Te Huia. Nō pare te kawa- Ngāti Maniapoto rāua. He tokomaha aku mokopuna. Ko Suzette au.

My career in mental health spans over 30 years beginning in 1980 at Tokanui Hospital. I qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1985. My speciality was forensic mental health and over the last few years, I have been working on a project to improve services for women in secure care. Leadership roles included: clinical nurse leader-educator, clinical nurse director (Waikato DHB), nurse advisor-health (NZ Nursing Council).

My Master of Nursing thesis was about New Zealand Mental Health Nurses' Perceptions of Structural and Psychological Empowerment (2015) and contributed to a New Zealand study about violence towards nurses in their first year of practice (Mc Kenna et al., 2003).

Maree McCracken - GP Lead Mental Health & Wellbeing

M McCrackenSector Linkages

  • Pinnacle Midlands Health Network
  • Te Tumu Waiora National Collaborative - Governance structure
  • Te Roopu Tautoko ki Waikato
  • GP South City Health
  • Whakapapa to Kai Tahu


  • GP with an interest in Mental Health.
  • Two years in role of GP lead for MHA at Pinnacle - presence in four localities in the Midland region with different needs.
  • Working in development / transformation of primary mental health service delivery - implementation to Te Tumu Waiora in Southern Lakes.
  • Working on transition programmes secondary - primary interface.
  • Enrolled in RACMA associate fellow course - clinical leadership.
  • Governance experience school BOT.
Dr Nicky Davies-Kelly - Taranaki

N Davies KellyCredentials

  • PhD University of Otago 2015
  • Diploma in Tertiary Learning and Teaching CPIT 2014
  • MA Gerontology University of Salford 2007
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies University of Manchester 2000
  • Certificate in Counselling Stockport College 1996
  • Registered Nurse Diploma in Nursing University of Manchester 1996

Sector Linkages

I have lived in New Zealand for 16 and half years and consider it my home. During my time here I have developed links with the University of Otago, Te Ao Maramatanga, Community Alcohol and Drug Service CDHB, ARA, NZNO, Older Persons Mental Health CDHB. My role as ADON will bring me into contact with many local, regional and national agencies. I would like to strengthen these relationships and embrace a clear vision of support, infrastructure, integration and workforce capacity, capability and sustainability.


I have been a qualified nurse for over 23 years. I have always specialised in Mental Health with a particular focus on Gerontology. I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient wards, day hospitals and community teams.

I moved to New Zealand in 2003 and started work in the Bay of Plenty as a Community Mental Health Nurse. In 2006 I moved to Christchurch and started work with the Older Persons Mental Health Team. It was during this time I worked as a Duly Authorised Officer for approximately 5 years plus. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Community Team and worked for a while as Team Leader of a large multidisciplinary team consisting of nurses, social workers, speech language therapists, OT’s and psychologists along with registrars and consultant psychiatrists.

In 2009 I commenced a PhD into loneliness in people aged 70 plus. This was a fantastic topic to research and I am grateful to the 40 elders who participated in this narrative study and shared their stories with me. When I started to write up my research I decided to move into the education side of nursing and embarked on an academic career teaching at ARA Institute of Canterbury (formerly known as CPIT). I was also an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Canterbury. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and was involved in developing a 2 day Indigenous Health workshop for 1st year nursing students which encapsulated the relationship between Maori and the Crown. This was a really rewarding experience and was well received. It fostered a strong relationship between Tangata Whenua at ARA and staff and students.

I completed my PhD and was invited to sit on the Ethics committee and Research committee at ARA. I am very interested in research and evidence based practice. It is my belief that all DHB’s should keep abreast of developments so as to ensure the highest quality and safety of services. As part of my research interest I spent a number of years reviewing for the International Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. I received an award for Reviewer of the Year which I am proud of.

In 2018 I made the decision to return to clinical as although I enjoyed academia I found that I missed being around the Mental Health Services. I spent 8 months working for Community Alcohol and Drug Services in Christchurch. I worked with a fantastic team and it was a truly humbling experience. I moved to Taranaki when a post became available for Team Leader in Older Person’s Mental Health Services.  I have recently started my role as Associate director of Nursing for MH for TDHB and would like to ensure the Mental Health and Addiction Services provided by the DHB are aligned both nationally and regionally in terms of safe and high –quality care.

Skills that I bring

I have a passion for Mental Health and Addiction Services and I am keen to foster the concept of ‘doing the right thing, at the right time, by the right person, with the application of the best evidence to a person’s problem, in the way a person wishes, by an appropriately trained individual or team, working within an organisation that is accountable for the actions of its staff, values its staff (appraises and develops them), minimises risk and learns from good practice and mistakes (Wolff & Taylor, 2009). I believe my clinical, academic and research experience provides me with skills that I can bring to the network.

Guy Baker - Co Chair of Nga Kōpara o te Rito: Midland Consumer Whãnau Network, Consumer Leader, Tairãwhiti

William BakerCredentials

  • Lived Experience

Sector Linkages

  • Co-Chair Tairawhiti Consumer Advisory Group (Local)
  • Co-Chair Nga Kopara o Te Rito (Regional Consumer Whanau Network)
  • Co-Chair Nga Hau e Wha (National Consumer Network)


  • 1979-1988: Public Servant to middle management
  • 1989-2003: Hospitality Industry to managing Hotels and Chartered Clubs
  • 2003-2004: Accounts Manager for Chartered Accountant
  • 2005-2015: Gisborne District Council – Liquor Licensing
  • 2015 - Current: Te Kupenga Net Trust – Consumer Leader

Skills that I bring

  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment
  • Methodical thinker, operationally and strategically
  • High ethical working standards
  • Honesty with Integrity
  • Ability to engage and establish working processes and reporting
  • Experience with conflict resolution
  • Ability to problem solve and make decisions
  • Proven managerial experience with an ability to lead and motivate
  • Developed own model of practice – “Te Toka”
  • Mataora/ Mataamua o Mahi-a-Atua
Hine Moeke-Murray - Chair for Te Huinga o Nga Pou Hauora: Mãori Leadership Network, Chief Executive, Tairãwhiti

Hine Moeke Murray

Sector Linkages

  • Chair Midland Te Huinga o Nga Pou Maori Leadership Network
  • Current Member Nga Kōpara Leadership Network
  • Current Member Midland Workforce Strategy Group
  • Current Member Midland Perinatal and Infant Clinical Network
  • Current Member Midland Addiction Leadership Network Group
  • Te Hiringa Hauroa (Health Promotion Agency) Māori Advisory Group
  • Te Whãraurau Werry Workforce Centre Māori Advisory Group


Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Ko Ngati Porou Whānau Whanaui te Iwi
Ki te taha o tōku mama
Ko Tu Auau te Marae
Ko Ngati Rangi te hapu
Ki te taha o tōku papa
Ko nga marae maha o Te Aitanga o Mate nga marae
Ko Te Aitanga o Mate te Iwi
Ko Hine Moeke-Murray ahau

I am first and foremost a Māori woman who proudly descends from a prestigious line of Atua and Tipuna Māori through the whakapapa gifted to me through my parents.  I am married to a beautiful man from Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and together we have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  I have formally been involved in Mental Health and Addictions for over 10 years but have spent a lifetime with whānau.  I am currently an adult educator and also a candidate for PhD with Awanuiarangi.

I have been part of the establishment of Te Kuwatawata – a new approach to working with whanau in high distress in Tairawhiti.  As the Manager of Te Kupenga Net Trust Peer Support and Advocacy Service, we have held the Te Kuwatawata Pilot programme since 25 August 2017.  We have just come through the pilot stage of the programme and have now moved into sustainable funding. This is a huge achievement for a small Kaupapa Maori NGO, to lead a blended service that provides clinical and Maori interventions for whanau in all forms of distress from acute to mild to moderate.

Together with the team we have successfully managed Te Kupenga Net Trust for the past 6 years, taking the service from non-performance to highly acclaimed throughout Aotearoa as a leading whanau peer support and advocacy service.

I have recently been seconded to the Maori Advisory Groups for Te Hiringa Hauora and Wharaurau.  I have also been and still currently part of the Tawhirimatea crisis team as the cultural assessor.

I have been involved in the regional advisory space for approximately 7 years.  My passion within Mental Health and Addictions is to ensure that there are robust pathways designed by and for Māori to their journey of wellness through the use of Māori psychology and methodology.


  • Te Ao Māori lens practice and application
  • Strategic planning
  • Strategic analysis
  • Thought leadership
  • Relationships
  • Change management
  • Clinical understanding
Marion Blake - Chief Executive, Platform

Marion BlakeCredentials

  • Professional qualifications in Social Work and Management Studies
  • Member of the NZ order of Merit

Sector Linkages

As CEO of Platform trust I lead a national network of community organisations that provide mental health and addiction support across New Zealand. This is supported by interfacing with many local and regional networks from within the mental health, addiction, social services and general community sectors. In my role I often represent the community sector in advisory or advocacy groups to Government and some current examples are; the Health Quality Safety commission NZ work on mental health and addictions, Charities Services sector user group (DIA), the Ministry of Health NGO council. These roles vary, sometimes they are content specific i.e. the delivery of community based mental health and addictions services, other times they may be generally about the community and voluntary sector in New Zealand, sometimes they are focussed on advocacy for underrepresented community voices and increasingly, how Government agencies can better engage with communities.


I grew up in the south Waikato with one of my parents working at Waikeria prison and the other at Tokanui hospital. In my early 20s I went to England and stayed there for 20 years working in local authority social services and then for the NHS in long stay hospital closure programmes, quality assurance and workforce development.  On returning to NZ after a short time in the public health system my work has been pursuing my interest in how communities organise and how the machinery of Government interacts with communities and citizens.  Over the years I worked with many local community groups and networks, served on local and national boards and committees and had exposure across many areas of senior levels of Government and the public sector.

Skills that I bring

I bring a commitment to the critical role that the community sector must have to the mental health and wellbeing of citizens.  With my stewardship Platform has developed some leading system analysis and material that has been used to influence changes and developments in the mental health system. On Track – Knowing where we are going and this was followed by Fast Track.

Owen Lloyd - Hauora Tairãwhiti

Owen LloydE nga Mana, e nga reo  Tena tatou katoa.

E rau ringa e oti ai  (many hands make light work)

With over 20years experience in the health sector Owen returned to the role of Portfolio Manager for Mental Health & Addictions in 2017.  Previous to this Owen was working as Cultural Advisor in the iCAMHS team from 2013 to 2017 plus other roles within the health sector prior including Maori Health Manager.

Email: Owen.Lloyd@tdh.org.nz

Michael O'Connell - Lakes DHB

michael-o-connell.jpgCredentials - RN (RGON, RPN), BN, MA (Applied) Adv.Cert AT, JP, Member of College of Mental Health Nurses, NZIHMgt)

Sector Linkages and Networks - National Directors of Nursing (MH&A).  Lakes MH&A Local Advisory Group.  Lakes Post-vention Governance Group.  Local Child and Youth Mortality Review Group (LCYMRG).  Strong linkages to NGO partners.  Previous Reference Group member of Midland Clinical Governance Project (2011).  Member of MOH facilitated ‘Integrating Secondary Services into Primary Health’ project group 2010 - 2011.

Profile -  Born in Rangitikei.  Many years in clinical nursing and teaching health / wellness at undergraduate and post-graduate.   Reference and Steering Group Member in many Mental Health & Educational change processes.  National Governance Group in Tertiary Education (10 years). Regional Governance for ‘Supporting Families’ Manawatu for 5 years.  Currently involved in Clinical Governance for MH & A Service and Lakes DHB Governance Team (2 plus years).  Current consultancy work with Tertiary Sector and ACC.

Skills that I bring to the Network

  • Change management
  • Service development skills and pragmatic experience
  • Strategic thinker and planner
  • Broad skills in MH scope and secondary/primary health integration
  • Tertiary education training
  • Research background
  • Sound relational and networking skills. 

Email: Michael.O'Connell@lakesdhb.govt.nz

Peta Ruha - Bay of Plenty

Peta RuhaKi te taha o toku whaea

Te hapu ko te Patuwai, mai i te Manukatutahi ki Whakatane o Ngati Awa

Ki te taha o toku papa

Te hapu ko Tuhourangi, Te iwi ko te Arawa

Ko Peta Ruha toku ingoa

Born and raised in Kawerau. A time when we would spend most of our days after school and during the weekends swimming at the Tarawera River and grazing from the plentiful fruit trees on the way to the river and on the way home. A time when moving freely in and out of whānau homes was a norm and when everyone knew which whānau you belonged too.

I have worked in a variety of roles over the past 25 years across the mental health sector. I graduated at the time mental health institutions such as lake Alice were being closed down, so had the privilege of being mentored by experienced psychiatric nurses. I recall my time at Manawaroa inpatient unit in Palmerston North where I was mentored by Pat Tapiata and supervised by Gene Lewis Clarke. Over the years I have worked in the Ministry of Health, DHB, NGO, with Iwi providers and Kaupapa Māori mental health teams.

Email: peta.ruha@bopdhb.govt.nz

Caleb Putt - Bay of Plenty

Caleb PuttCredentials: Bachelor Applied Social Services

Sector Linkages & Networks:

  • Addictions Leadership Meeting (Auckland)
  • National Youth CEP Practitioners Network
  • Bay of Plenty Addictions Network
  • National Youth Reference Groups for Werry Centre Workforce Wharaurau CADHOC

Profile: I am a registered Social Worker of10+ years experienced in Care and Projection, Youth Justice, Disability and now Youth AOD / CEP sector.  I have been involved in the development and clinical oversight of what is now a nationally recognised 'best practice' youth AOD / CEP service.


  • I am a nationally connected / recognised leader in the Youth AOD / CEP sector
  • I am organised and thorough
  • I have been involved in change management processes
  • I am a resource person for the BOP youth sector at large re Youth AOD / CEP issues

Email: caleb.putt@bopdhb.govt.nz

Justin Clinton-Gohdes, Taranaki DHB

Justin Clinton GohdesI’m originally from Missouri, in the middle of America, but don’t hold that against me!

I have been in New Zealand for several years now and have made my home in Taranaki. Before starting with TDHB as the Portfolio Manager for Mental Health and Addictions, I managed Supporting Families Taranaki and was able to be heavily involved in the MH&A community sector. My educational background is in Psychology and Counselling.

I’m proudly bias in seeking equity in our health services; I believe that we all gain from ensuring everyone’s unique needs are considered and no one is left behind. I hope to bring my creativity to the reimagining of our Mental Health and Addictions sector and would love the support from everyone for the transformational change necessary.

Email: Justin.Clinton-Gohdes@tdhb.org.nz


Other Members

  • Dr Sharat Shetty - Clinical Director MH&A, Taranaki DHB
  • Clinical Director MH&A, Lakes DHB (Vacant)
  • Vicki Aitken - Waikato DHB
  • Jen Boryer - Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Fiona Miller - Bay of Plenty DHB
The Midland Clinical Governance Network is supported by the Midland Regional Network - Mental Health and Addictions Team:
  • Eseta Nonu-Reid - Midland Region Director
  • Akatu Marsters - Midland Business Support Coordinator
  • Steve Neale - Midland Workforce Lead
  • Belinda Walker - Information Project Coordinator