MeaningHe Kãwai Herenga


He Kãwai Herenga Leadership Network brings expertise and leadership to steer mental health and addiction regional service development across Te Manawa Taki region.  This will be achieved in collaboration with key agencies that are also invested in a high quality, functional and sustainable mental health and addiction continuum.  The purpose of this network will focus on:

  1. Providing a coordinated perspective from the collective networks that is grounded and informs Clinical Governance
  2. Providing thought leadership
  3. Aligning to key mental health and addiction drivers
  4. Demonstrating purposeful, intentional accountability for the delivery of equitable services to whānau

This is a closed network.

Key Objectives

  1. To ensure a strong equity focus is prioritised
  2. To drive projects that lead and support the development of regionally consistent approaches to planning and delivery of mental health and addiction services
  3. To provide critical thinking that influences decision making
  4. Being courageous to challenge the status quo, assumptions, and complacency
  5. To support system transformation as described in:
    • Midland Regional Wellbeing Frameworks
    • He Ara Oranga
    • Health & Disability Review

   6. To focus on the measurements of outcomes for whanau to determine the effectiveness of services


Members of He Kãwai Herenga

Hine Moeke-Murray - Chief Executive, Tairawhiti


Bachelor of Matauranga Mãori (Te Wananga o Raukawa), Post Graduate Diploma Mãori Studies (Massey University), Post Graduate Diploma Mãori and Management (Te Wananga o Raukawa), Educator, Facilitator for working with Mãori world view in cultural and non cultural environments. Former Kaiarahi for the Cultural Assessment Team Mental Health and Addiction Tairawhiti District Health, Whakaruruhau Matua for Te Ara Nunumi NZQA, current member of Midland Region Te Ao Whanau (formerly Midland 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, Midland 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, Tairãwhiti 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 Mãori, a wife, mum and grandmother.  However in my other life I am a cultural assessor for the Cultural Assessment Team Community Mental Health and Addiction 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 Mãori 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 Mãori in General Medicine as the Kaiatawhai – Advocate for Mãori 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 Mãori, Mãoriworld view, Mãori philosophy and Mãori, Management and Leadership from a Mãori perspective.  All the skills that I have gained are utilised in practice in Mãori Mental Health.

I stay abreast of national drivers for Mãori 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 Mãori lens in terms of working with family and whanau. I have extensive experience working at a national and regional level for Mãori centred initiatives. I believe in and promote the health and well being of Mãori and whanau and that the essence of Mãori 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.

Marita Ranclaud - Relationship Manager, Lakes

RanclaudMarita is Rotorua born and bred and has a background in mental health nursing with post graduate qualifications in Mãori & 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.


Previously the MH&A Portfolio Manager at Lakes DHB she moved into the Relationship Managers role at Manaaki Ora - Kaupapa Mãori Addiction Service in the Lakes area.

Sarah Gillington - Consumer Advisor, Taranaki 


  • Lived / Living Experience

Sector Linkages:


  • Mental health and Addiction services at TDHB
  • Extensive networking and relationships with the NGO sector including, Pathways, Supporting families, MHNZ, Progress to Health, Tui Ora, Tu Tama Wahine, Familyworks, Salvation Army, Taranaki Retreat
  • Mental Health & Addiction Services’ Clinical Governance Committee
  • Direct Reports fortnightly meeting
  • Acute Services Quality Group
  • Staff Meetings – Te Puna Waiora, South Taranaki Community, North Taranaki Community, Alcohol and Drug
  • Suicide Prevention Taranaki
  • Reducing Restrictive Practise – Six Core Strategies
  • HQSC Projects
  • Supporting Parents Healthy Children (SPHC)
  • Seclusion Peer Reviews
  • Seclusion De-briefs with consumer
  • Suicide Prevention and Post-vention Advisory Group
  • Midland Region Wellbeing Framework
  • Cross Sector Governance Group (in progress)
  • eSpace Clinical Portal
  • IPS Steering Group (Workwise)
  • TPW Facilities Meeting
  • Youth SLM Working Group
  • Trauma Informed Care Training Package (with WITT Nurses, in progress)
  • Other one off meetings (meets with doctor to support consumer etc)


  • Nga Kōpara o te Rito, Midlands Region Consumer and Whanau Leadership Network.
  • NAMHSCA, National Consumer Advisors Association
  • Nga Hau E Wha, Midland Representative reporting to MOH


G’day, I’m Sarah a 38yr old mum of 2 beautiful children and wife to an amazing kiwi man. Yes I’m an Aussie, but don’t hold that against me, I’m not too bad J!

I have a long Mental Health history that started with the sudden death of my father when I was 16. This changed my life course and everything that I had known and what my parents had worked so hard to achieve for us as children, they wanted us to have opportunities that they didn’t. My mother was given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder 6mths before my father passed away, after his death she sunk to a deep depression and was suicidal.

I quickly became unwell and was started on anti depressants to try and lift my mood, sleeping tablets to try and sleep, but I continued to worsen and become more suicidal with family members catching me out before I made attempts on my life. I was then referred to a psychiatrist and started on a mood stabiliser. Eventually things settled for me and I moved on with my life and finding employment.

I was lucky enough to gain a traineeship in Assistant Nursing, so for 12mths I studied and worked at an aged care facility which I absolutely loved.  At around 17yrs of age I was sexually assaulted by a friend, had no support from my mother, family or friends to make a statement to police, this still plays on my mind and I hold a lot of anger towards my mother for not protecting me.  After meeting my now husband a couple of years later, we moved out of my home town and went thousands of km’s away following work for my husband.

Around 16-17yrs ago we were living in New Plymouth, which was only supposed to be for a short time, but ended up being a much longer stay. I was admitted to the inpatient unit in Taranaki and taken off all my meds as my liver had pooped itself and wasn’t processing any meds, essentially I was told I was having a nervous breakdown. This was a long stay which included seclusion from voicing a plan to take my life. My mother was asked to come from Australia, as there were questions around family history etc. I was then given a diagnosis of Bipolar 2.

When things started coming right months later I was started back on old antidepressant medication, it wasn’t until I had an appointment with a psychiatrist through outpatients who listened to me and put me back on the meds I knew worked and was started on an antipsychotic as well.  It turned out that they thought the contraceptive pill may have done the damage to my liver, but to this day, they are not really sure what happened.

9yrs ago I had my first baby, a beautiful little girl called Evie, I didn’t have any issues through the pregnancy with my metal health and was stable. Little did I know at that time that bipolar gets better for females when they are pregnant. A couple of months later, I couldn’t cope, I was suicidal, couldn’t sleep, was having panic attacks, losing touch of reality and had no idea why I had had a baby. I was admitted to an inpatient unit in Australia twice, the first admission I thought I was getting better, went home and crashed 2wks later, on my second admission I was told I had postnatal psychosis, I ended up having 7 sessions of ECT treatment, I just wanted to be better, wanted to not feel suicidal and I wanted to love my baby. It took me 13mths for me too get back to my normal.

5yrs ago, after having weight loss surgery, we found out we were pregnant with a little boy. We had private health insurance, a massive plan around support people, plans for after the birth and medication.  Again I was really well during my pregnancy however 4wks after Marley was born I again sunk into postnatal depression.  I didn’t have any admissions to the ward but struggled through 13mths until I was back to my normal again. I have been stable now for 4yrs.

My mental health journey has given me a passion for mental health care, I love learning, love talking with people, letting them know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, sharing my story and wanting better from mental health services for each and every person that finds themselves in mental unwellness.

My working life has given me a broad range of skills, as I have worked in many different roles and often moved due to my husbands work.  I have worked in Aged Care nursing, managed a business, childcare, beauty, accounts payable and administration, but my biggest role was being a stay at home mum for 7yrs.  Moving back to NZ I needed to be an income earner also, I had brief roles with AMI insurance, TSB (bank) and Workwise before I wanted more from my role and put an expression of interest out to organisations who provide mental health care. I was lucky enough to secure my current role and I can honestly say that I love my job!


My role as Consumer Advisor for the Taranaki area is big, but I love it! I am continually learning and developing additional skills specific to Mental Health and Addiction Services. I enjoy spending time with our whānau, sometimes it’s just listening, but this can make such a difference to a consumer whose feelings and thoughts may not have been validated.

I am a great organiser and like to have lots of things on the go, sometimes I find it hard to let others do things, must be a mum thing!

I have a special interest in resources and have developed some of my own and looking at more, also been part of revisions of resources being updated and modernised. I continually seek out new resources and always have stocks in each area.

I have also enrolled in Certificate 4 in Adult Tertiary and teaching through the TDHB for 12mths. This will give me enhanced skills in delivering trainings and education, as well as facilitating groups etc.

Some of my big picture dreams is to have services that are truly person centred, staff with compassion, empathy, genuine care and concern and that think outside the square. Responsive services when people are in distress such as the crisis team, less waiting to see someone, more peer support, more supported living and transitional housing. Compulsory training and education for staff, day programmes for those that need it, self referral and single point of entry to services, more family/whānau involvement, Recovery and Wellness plans for each person, advance directives completed if acute treatment is needed and better communication overall. Collaboration with all organisations and services, working as a unit not in silo’s, drop in centres, peer groups, education in the community and resources that are easy to use and informative so people know where to find help.

As Consumer Advisor I have been committed to personal development and completed the following trainings in the last 12mths:

  • Lifekeepers Course
  • Alternatives to Self-Harm
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Single Session Family Consultation
  • SPEC training
  • Te Kuwatawata Workshop
  • Legal Frameworks
  • Engaging Effectively with Maori
  • Family Violence Intervention Programme
  • Restraint Minimisation & Safe Practice E-Learning
  • TDHB MHA Specialty Services and Legal Frameworks
  • Treaty, TDHB and Me
  • MHSOP, CAMHS, AOD Specialty
  • Perinatal Seminar

Deliver the following trainings:

  • Recovery in Practice – Compulsory staff training
  • WITT – Presentations to Students studying Health and Wellbeing Certificate
  • WITT – Building Bridges Program – Speaking from lived experience to Students in the Nursing program.
  • Short In-Services held in TPW for staff of MHAS.
  • SPHC – Presentations to 8-12yr olds with a parent in mental services
  • Other one-off presentations as requested

Facilitate feedback from:

  • Consumers admitted as inpatients in TPW
  • Consumers in Community
  • Consumer Ward Meetings
  • Family/Whanau members
  • Peer Support Groups
  • NGO Feedback from their consumers
  • Shared Experience Group – Supporting Families
  • Request for Feedback – Brochure/Flyer system (in progress)
  • Clinicians – Doctors, Psychology, Keyworkers
  • Complaints that have been referred to me (help in writing a complaint or verbal concerns)
  • Real time feedback
Stacey Porter - Mãori Advisory, Werry Workforce Whāraurau

PorterStacey descends from Ngai Takoto, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāpuhi in the far north, and Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Maru on the east coast. Stacey has a background in kaupapa māori and extensive experience in Māori mental health, Māori policy, Māori education and community legal needs. 

With the support of our Kaumātua, Stacey brings passion for structure and critical analysis of traditional concepts to ensure the Werry Workforce Whāraurau team can develop sustainable, authentic best practices that will benefit all projects intended to meet the needs of mokopuna. Mauri ora!

Terry Huriwai

HuriwaiTerry would like to describe himself as quiet, shy and retiring. Many of those who know him may agree. The humble, compassionate gentleman who sits behind the glasses has supported the addiction sector for many years.                                  

Beginning his career as a probation officer in Christchurch he formalised various roles at Te Rito Arahi, Māori Alcohol and Drug Treatment Service with an iwi secondment in 1994. Since then, Terry has had roles in the National Addiction Centre at the University of Otago, the Ministry of Health, Matua Raki and now manager of the Te Hau Mārire programme within Te Rau Matatini.

Throughout the many roles, Terry has taken every opportunity to share knowledge at local, regional and national levels–to influence and shape practice and service delivery to enhance Māori wellbeing. Many will attest to the multitude of articles, guidelines and intel emailed at random times throughout the day or night.

Terry’s many achievements include publications in gambling, alcohol and other drug and workforce development. He has been involved in the development and implementation of the Takarangi Competency Framework and is a co-author of He Tete Kura, Māori Addiction Treatment:1980-2008. Terry can attest to the many challenges and continued growth in the sector but it is fair to say he has been an active participant in much of the past, current and future history of the addiction treatment sector. 

Terry would say one of his greatest achievements would be to spoil the ‘moko’ without getting caught by the parents.

Brian Thomas - Trust Manager, Bay of Plenty

ThomasBorn: Waimate South Canterbury

Raised: On a farm in Waikakahi 7 1/2 miles from Waimate.

Work History:

  • 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:

  • Management.
  • Quality Systems and Auditing Principles.
  • International Management and Technology ISO 9001:2000 Lead Auditor.
  • NZIM Quality Management. NZOQ Internal Auditing.
  • Mental Health.

Trained in:

  • Solution Focused Supervision.
  • Family Connections Leadership.
  • Te Wana Accreditation and Quality Reviewing.
  • Mentoring.
  • Tiriti O Waitangi.

Plus many one-day trainings attended

Skills I bring: The above plus:

  • A passion for people and walking alongside.
  • Listening.
  • Life.
  • Sharing.
  • Decision-making.
  • 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.

Guy Baker - Consumer Leader, Tairãwhiti

BakerKo Hikurangi te Maunga Ko Waiapu te Awa Ko Porourangi te Tangata Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi Ko Ngai Tane, nga Ngati Hau oku Hapu Ko Hinepare, ko Hinetamatea oku Marae Ko Percy Te Hira Baker rawa ko Te Anahera Pono Huhu taku matua Ko Guy Baker ahau He Consumer Leader mo Te Kupenga Network Trust


  • 1999 to 2000 - 18/24 credits Diploma of Business at Tairawhiti Polytechnic
  • 2009 to 2011 -  Bachelor of Iwi Environmental Management at Te Wananga O Aotearoa
  • 2013  - Diploma of Freshwater and Iwi Marine Studies at Te Wananga O Aotearoa

Sectors Linkages and Networks:

  • He Tipuana Nga Kakano
  • Tairãwhiti Consumer Advisory Group
  • Extensive networks within mental health and addiction services in Tairãwhiti
  • External networks through Gisborne District Council and the wider Te Tairãwhiti region
  • Tairawhiti Mental Health NGO sector including: Te Kupenga Net Trust, Emerge Aotearoa, Turanga Health, Ngati Porou Hauora


I am 58yrs of age, the oldest of two children, who is married with 2 school aged daughters in Y7 and Y8. I was educated at Gisborne Boys High School before embarking on a career within the public service working in regional (Gisborne and Wellington) and head offices (Wellington) of the Department of Maori Affairs and the Department of Social Welfare. Returning home in 1990 I entered the hospitality industry and by 1999 when I left to pursue tertiary study I was Functions and Assistant Manager of a local hotel and function centre. I then acquired a position as manager of a chartered club before moving to the Gisborne District Council in the Liquor Licensing division. In 2009 I pursued further study towards my degree whilst still employed and in my third year of study was diagnosed with severe depression from which counsellors advised that I had been suffering from for a number of years and that it had probably been masked by alcohol. However, I completed the year gaining the honour of valedictorian by which time my journey to recovery had commenced.

I gained a passion towards the awareness of mental illness to lessen the stigma and discrimination that my family, friends and I had been subjected to. Participating in Council’s Employee Assistance Programme I became a peer support for work colleagues who were suffering some stressful times. I also availed myself to some speaking engagements at other work places, participated in Mental Health Awareness Week having my story published in the local newspaper and Like Minds Like Mine national newsletter, sharing my story on Turanga FM radio and wherever else I felt the message should be spread. It is therefore a natural progression that I now find myself actually working within the mental health sector and particularly with Maori who unfortunately have unbalanced statistics in this arena. I am committed to continue the role in promoting; recovery, social inclusion, human rights, self-advocacy and cultural responsiveness.

Skills that I Bring:

  • Lived experience and empathy with mental stress
  • High level of organisational skills
  • Computer literate with Microsoft applications
  • Experience with research and compilation of reports
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Established networks through District Council and the Tairawhiti region
  • Knowledge of Tikanga Maori
  • Possess a high degree of personal commitment and integrity

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He Tipuana Nga Kakano is supported by the Midland Regional Mental Health & Addictions Network Team: