klare-braye.jpgInterview with Klare Braye - Principal Clinical Advisor

Tell us a little about yourself, who are you and what is your role?

Tēnā koutou katoa
Nō Ingarini ahau, engari Aotearoa tōku kāinga inanai
Nō Te Whanganui-a-Tara ahau
Ko Walker raua ko Braye ōku hapu
Ko Hayleigh tōku matatmua, raua ko Ollie taku potiki
Ko Klare Braye tōku ingoa

Having hailed from very ‘English’ ancestry, I found my home after several years (plus then some more) of travelling in Aotearoa, nearly 25 years ago. Whilst not my place of birth, it is my home, my family’s home, and where every day appreciate some aspect of your land and people (OK, maybe not every day as I battle in to work on my bike against a strong headwind, or I am frustrated by the price of veggies…but in the main), New Zealand is awesome.

Tell us about your background in Addictions?

I came in to the addiction space a little bit by mistake, but definitely one of the better mistakes I have made. After another one of those stints of travel, I found myself working in wet and dry houses in the UK. The opportunity to share in a piece of people’s lives, to support and empower their journeys was a privilege. I have been influenced by my own experiences and life story and been touched by the lives of those I know living with their own challenges.

After another stint of travel landed in in Aotearoa, settled in to study, in to work, and the rest, as they say, is history. I have had mahi with tangata whai ora in support housing, residential addiction services, NGOs, DHB providers, teaching/education, research and most recently workforce development with Matua Raki. My current role is a newly created Principal Clinical Advisor – Addiction role with Manatū Hauora.

How do you see yourself supporting the Midland regional and how can we in turn support you?

I see the relationship with the Midland region as a treasure, and hopefully of mutual benefit. I have, over a number of years been part of connections within the Midland region though the Addiction Leadership and workforce groups, with your awesome kaimahi and kaiwhakahaere and trust that this can continue.

I believe that one of my primary tasks within The Ministry (beyond the paperwork) is to ensure that the voices of the sector are being heard and to be that advocate for the sector, both internally to the Ministry of Health, but also across other Ministry Agencies. It is the voices and stories and journeys and lives of tangata whai ora and whānau and the passion and integrity of the sector that makes this mahi meaningful and my task is to ensure that we are not lost, that our challenges are recognised and that our achievements are celebrated.

In terms of how the Midlands can support me – you are a tough and demanding crowd – and you are motivated, active and inclusive – and I really value that. You are a constant reminder of the challenges people and services face and the ideas and initiatives that can be put in place to go some way to alleviating that.

If you could change one thing relating to Addictions, what would that be?


What is your favourite “whakatauki – words of wisdom?"

I have many – but in this context it is the simplicity and the value in “me mahi tahi tātou”


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