NewsletterSpring Issue 6 - October 2018

Kia ora, Kia orana, Talofa & Hello

Spring is here ….daylight saving, spring flowers and spring lambs J   we have some innovative articles from across the region showcasing  pockets of work that is happening.

The Midland Regional Leadership Networks all met in August.  The agenda’s and minutes can be found on our website.  All of our Leadership Networks are dynamic with enthusiastic members who are subject experts in their field.  We are currently seeking Expression of Interest for the following Networks:

  • Te Huinga o Nga Pou Hauora – Maori Leaderships particularly Taranaki
  • Addiction Leadership – particularly Taranaki and Lakes
  • Workforce Leadership – particularly Bay of Plenty
  • Contact Akatu Marsters for a copy of the Expression of Interest and Terms of Reference.

Cutting Edge2RCutting Edge was held in Rotorua on the 12th to 15th September at the Events Centre.  What a fantastic venue.  The theme was "Connecting Communities".  This was the first conference that I have attended in some time, and I must say that it was one of the best I have attended.  It was well organised, with a good blend of key note speakers and sessions on a variety of subjects.  The Midland Regional Network Team provided a Poster display and presented on our Regional Leadership Networks.  It was great to catch up with people who I have not seen in a long time and to make new connections.

Donna BlairOn the 21st September the Midland region farewelled Donna Blair, General Manager, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust.  Donna has provided strong Addiction and Other Drugs leadership and advocacy at a local, regional and national level for the last 13 years.  Her energy and passion will be missed in the Midland region.  We wish you all the best in your journey Donna.

Congratulations Rachel on your appointment to the Director, Maori Health & Equity.  Rachel Poaneki has been a Portfolio Manager for Mental Health and over the last 8 years for Addiction in the Waikato.  Rachel has been a significant influence in the regional leadership networks and in the mental health and addiction sector locally, regionally and nationally.  We wish her well in her new career journey and look forward to working with her in a different capacity.

A project that we have just started, focuses on the evaluating how successfully Midland has implemented reducing the use of Section 29.  The focus of the project is to identify what has worked well and how we transfer those lessons learned across the five Midland District Health Boards.  Kay Montgomery is project leading this on behalf of the Midland Regional Network Team.

KayKay’s  career spans over 30 years working in the Health and Social sector with a variety of roles from; clinician, manager, programme and project manager with a passion for innovation and quality.  For the past seven years she has been providing consultancy services concentrating on Business Development and Service Improvement across the public and private sector at a regional and national level. Kay’s website can provide you with more details (

Kay will be working closely with Nga Kopara o te Rito - Midland Consumer and Family Leadership Network.

Enjoy the warmer weather everyone!

To read on the articles featured in our Spring newsletter click the links below: