Lifewise Trust Rotorua - Supreme Runner Up Award Winners - Workplace Innovation Award 2016


The Matua Raki Workforce Innovation Award seeks to showcase innovations in work practices that contribute to improving workplace wellbeing and staff engagement. They focus attention on addiction treatment organisations and services engaged in best workforce practices.

The 2016 winners were announced by Dr Vanessa Caldwell at the Oscarz Awards dinner at the Cutting Edge Conference in Rotorua. Vanessa said that there had been a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high.

The Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand was the unanimous choice for Supreme Winner. They gave an account of a number of transformations within their service. Their overall aim was to take a comprehensive approach to making use of available staff skills to achieve better outcomes for clients. This not only enriched staff involvement but included the consumer voice and an outcomes measurement tool.

The Lifewise Trust from Rotorua were runners-up. They use the therapeutic setting of their new facility to provide emergency and transitional accommodation for those struggling with mental health and addiction issues. The Service Manager, Haehaetu Barrett said “Our team practice basic principles under Te Ara Ora, the pathway to wellness.  We are only navigators of hope at a time darkness in people’s lives and provide services that meet clinical and non-clinical aspects under the Mauri of Love”.

Four entries were highly commended. They were He Waka Tapu from Christchurch, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust from Rotorua, the Nelson Marlborough Addictions Service with Nelson Bays Primary Health and the Moana House Programme from Dunedin.

Congratulations to all providers.