The Midland Portfolio Managers Network is made up of 7 managers from the 5 Midland DHBs with all holding Mental Health and Addiction portfolio's. 

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Michael O'Connell - Lakes DHB

OConnellCredentials - 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'

Peta Ruha - Bay of Plenty

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 (at)

Caleb Putt - Bay of Plenty

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 (at)

Justin Clinton-Gohdes, Taranaki DHB

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 (at)