A project report was consulted widely with the recommendations being endorsed as a way forward for the development of a new Midland Mental Health and Addiction Clinical Governance structure.

As part of Phase II an Implementation Plan was developed and an Expression of Interest with clear expectations of what would be expected of members was sent out across the region. Following a selection panel process, the first meeting of the group occurred in February 2012.

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Meet the Members:

Rees Tapsell - Director of Clinical Services, Waikato  

rees-tapsell.jpg(MBChB, FRANZCP, Certificate of Clinical Teaching)

Sector Linkages and Networks - Psychiatry, Maori, Policy, Research, Management/Governance

Profile - Clinician-Forensic and general adult psychiatrist in public and private practice 15 years. Significant Teaching/training roles. Multiple service developments Tanewhakapiripiri, Te Iho, PUAWAI and Time for Change.

Clinical Director (8 years-differing capacities). Chair multiple committees (local/regional/national/bi-national).  Board Director (2 DHBs, 1 Australasian NFP org, one commercial board). Researcher (2 book chapters, 8 peer reviewed articles)

Skills that I bring to the Network - I have strong clinical and leadership expertise with established clinical networks into key stakeholder groups or representative nominations from the key stakeholder groups reflecting:

  • A regional focus
  • Service development experience
  • Strategic leadership skills
  • Evidence of leading, influencing and communicating sector change
  • Understanding of accountability frameworks
  • Responsible decision making
  • Clear understanding of the role and functions of clinical governance at a leadership level

Strong communication skills with established relationships with key stakeholder groups / networks where information can be fed to and from the network.  Senior Strategic planning and funding expertise with a good understanding of national and regional drivers.  Service management and leadership expertise (DHB (WDHB) NGO (Hauora Waikato) and Primary (Midland Health Network))

  • A regional focus
  • Service development experience
  • Strategic leadership skills

Expertise in working with Maori Consumer/Family expertise.  Specialist service expertise e.g. ECD PUAWAI: Midland Regional Forensic Psychiatry Service.  Proven track record for delivering results.

Michael Bland - Service Manager, Lakes


  • Registered Nurse (Registered General Nurse, Registered Sick Children's Nurse).
  • Master of Philosophy
  • PG Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) {Patho-physiology and nursing

Sector Linkages:

Regional Director of Training represents Midland Region within Health Workforce New Zealand. Direct report to HealthShare CE and indirectly reporting to Midland CEO and Chairs


Long history in nursing leadership and education. A spell in planning and funding, managing mental health and addictions portfolio. More recently Clinical Nurse Director (Waikato DHB), leading the Professional Development Unit.

Based in this newly appointed position since October 2012.


Sound knowledge of workforce and training methodologies. Influence to develop initiatives within the Midland region, particularly around training and education. Good links with Health Workforce New Zealand and the other three regional directors of training.

As part of Phase II an Implementation Plan was developed and an Expression of Interest with clear expectations of what would be expected of members was sent out across the region.  Following a selection panel process, the first meeting of the group occurred in February 2012.

Phyllis Tangitu - General Manager Maori Health, Lakes

phyllis-tangitu.jpgAs Crown agents, DHBs are required to act in a manner that is consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi principles of partnership, participation and protection in the delivery of health and disability services, in order to address disparities in health.

The lead GM Maori Health will  liaise with HealthShare on behalf of the Midland DHBs’ General Managers, Maori Health, to ensure identification of, and advocacy for, issues around Maori health and inequalities.

Joanna Price - Acting Clinical Nurse Director, Lakes

Joanna PriceCredentials

  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Master of Nursing
  • Feedback Informed Treatment trainer and supervisor  

Sector Linkages

  • National DOMHNs Forum
  • DAO Forums


I qualified as a registered nurse in 1995. I have worked in a range of sub-specialities all within the area of mental health & addictions, inclusive of acute ward, consult-liaison psychiatry, maternal mental health, crisis team, clinical nurse educator, and clinical nurse specialist in primary mental health intervention service, now currently acting CND.  Most recently have gone through appropriate training and passed exams to be a qualified feedback informed treatment trainer and supervisor. I am passionate about mental health in terms of its evolution for better outcomes for people that access services.


  • Leadership qualities
  • Leading change
  • Experience within a range of MH&AS subspecialties
  • Implementation of FIT
  • Strong relationship & communication skills
  • Uphold & lead equity for Māori


Suzette Poole - Clinical Adviser, Waikeria

S Poole(RN-MH, PG. Cert in Supervision, PGDip. Forensic Psych., MN)

Kia ora

I was born in Pahiatua and now reside in Te Awamutu. My parents were of English descent. He Māori aku tamariki. Ko Shannon, ko Phillip, Ko Nastassjia and Ko Talitha Te Huia. Nō pare te kawa- Ngāti Maniapoto rāua. He tokomaha aku mokopuna. Ko Suzette au.

My career in mental health spans over 30 years beginning in 1980 at Tokanui Hospital. I qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1985. My speciality was forensic mental health and over the last few years, I have been working on a project to improve services for women in secure care. Leadership roles included: clinical nurse leader-educator, clinical nurse director (Waikato DHB), nurse advisor-health (NZ Nursing Council).

My Master of Nursing thesis was about New Zealand Mental Health Nurses' Perceptions of Structural and Psychological Empowerment (2015) and contributed to a New Zealand study about violence towards nurses in their first year of practice (Mc Kenna et al., 2003).


Maree McCracken - GP Lead Mental Health & Wellbeing

M McCrackenSector Linkages

  • Pinnacle Midlands Health Network
  • Te Tumu Waiora National Collaborative - Governance structure
  • Te Roopu Tautoko ki Waikato
  • GP South City Health
  • Whakapapa to Kai Tahu


  • GP with an interest in Mental Health.
  • Two years in role of GP lead for MHA at Pinnacle - presence in four localities in the Midland region with different needs.
  • Working in development / transformation of primary mental health service delivery - implementation to Te Tumu Waiora in Southern Lakes.
  • Working on transition programmes secondary - primary interface.
  • Enrolled in RACMA associate fellow course - clinical leadership.
  • Governance experience school BOT.
Dr Nicky Davies-Kelly - Taranaki

N Davies KellyCredentials

  • PhD University of Otago 2015
  • Diploma in Tertiary Learning and Teaching CPIT 2014
  • MA Gerontology University of Salford 2007
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies University of Manchester 2000
  • Certificate in Counselling Stockport College 1996
  • Registered Nurse Diploma in Nursing University of Manchester 1996

Sector Linkages


I have lived in New Zealand for 16 and half years and consider it my home. During my time here I have developed links with the University of Otago, Te Ao Maramatanga, Community Alcohol and Drug Service CDHB, ARA, NZNO, Older Persons Mental Health CDHB. My role as ADON will bring me into contact with many local, regional and national agencies. I would like to strengthen these relationships and embrace a clear vision of support, infrastructure, integration and workforce capacity, capability and sustainability.


I have been a qualified nurse for over 23 years. I have always specialised in Mental Health with a particular focus on Gerontology. I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient wards, day hospitals and community teams.

I moved to New Zealand in 2003 and started work in the Bay of Plenty as a Community Mental Health Nurse. In 2006 I moved to Christchurch and started work with the Older Persons Mental Health Team. It was during this time I worked as a Duly Authorised Officer for approximately 5 years plus. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Community Team and worked for a while as Team Leader of a large multidisciplinary team consisting of nurses, social workers, speech language therapists, OT’s and psychologists along with registrars and consultant psychiatrists.

In 2009 I commenced a PhD into loneliness in people aged 70 plus. This was a fantastic topic to research and I am grateful to the 40 elders who participated in this narrative study and shared their stories with me. When I started to write up my research I decided to move into the education side of nursing and embarked on an academic career teaching at ARA Institute of Canterbury (formerly known as CPIT). I was also an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Canterbury. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and was involved in developing a 2 day Indigenous Health workshop for 1st year nursing students which encapsulated the relationship between Maori and the Crown. This was a really rewarding experience and was well received. It fostered a strong relationship between Tangata Whenua at ARA and staff and students.

I completed my PhD and was invited to sit on the Ethics committee and Research committee at ARA. I am very interested in research and evidence based practice. It is my belief that all DHB’s should keep abreast of developments so as to ensure the highest quality and safety of services. As part of my research interest I spent a number of years reviewing for the International Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. I received an award for Reviewer of the Year which I am proud of.

In 2018 I made the decision to return to clinical as although I enjoyed academia I found that I missed being around the Mental Health Services. I spent 8 months working for Community Alcohol and Drug Services in Christchurch. I worked with a fantastic team and it was a truly humbling experience. I moved to Taranaki when a post became available for Team Leader in Older Person’s Mental Health Services.  I have recently started my role as Associate director of Nursing for MH for TDHB and would like to ensure the Mental Health and Addiction Services provided by the DHB are aligned both nationally and regionally in terms of safe and high –quality care.

Skills that I bring

I have a passion for Mental Health and Addiction Services and I am keen to foster the concept of ‘doing the right thing, at the right time, by the right person, with the application of the best evidence to a person’s problem, in the way a person wishes, by an appropriately trained individual or team, working within an organisation that is accountable for the actions of its staff, values its staff (appraises and develops them), minimises risk and learns from good practice and mistakes (Wolff & Taylor, 2009). I believe my clinical, academic and research experience provides me with skills that I can bring to the network.

Guy Baker - Co Chair of Nga Kōpara o te Rito: Midland Consumer Whãnau Network, Consumer Leader, Tairãwhiti

William BakerCredentials

  • Lived Experience

Sector Linkages

  • Co-Chair Tairawhiti Consumer Advisory Group (Local)
  • Co-Chair Nga Kopara o Te Rito (Regional Consumer Whanau Network)
  • Co-Chair Nga Hau e Wha (National Consumer Network)


  • 1979-1988: Public Servant to middle management
  • 1989-2003: Hospitality Industry to managing Hotels and Chartered Clubs
  • 2003-2004: Accounts Manager for Chartered Accountant
  • 2005-2015: Gisborne District Council – Liquor Licensing
  • 2015 - Current: Te Kupenga Net Trust – Consumer Leader

Skills that I bring

  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment
  • Methodical thinker, operationally and strategically
  • High ethical working standards
  • Honesty with Integrity
  • Ability to engage and establish working processes and reporting
  • Experience with conflict resolution
  • Ability to problem solve and make decisions
  • Proven managerial experience with an ability to lead and motivate
  • Developed own model of practice – “Te Toka”
  • Mataora/ Mataamua o Mahi-a-Atua
Jim Dickinson - Co Chair of Nga Kōpara o te Rito: Midland Consumer Whãnau Network, Family & Whanau Advisor, Taranaki

jim-dickinson.jpgSector Linkages

I work within the TDHB but have contacts across our NGO sector and with our local training provider WITT. I have been a member of Nga Kōpara o te Rito (the Consumer Whanau Leadership Network Meeting) and it’s predecessor Te Ao Whanau for about seven years. I’m also a member of the National DHB Family and Whanau Advisors Network.


I have a varied work background having worked in Civil Service Administration (HR mostly), as a bicycle mechanic and shop manager, organic horticulture, saw mill operator, primary school teacher, education researcher, adult education provider manager, and Family and Whanau Advisor. I have governance experience having been on a school board of Trustees for 5 years, having been involved in Clinical Governance at the TDHB, and having been Chairperson of the New Plymouth Emergency Shelter Trust (NPEST) for seven years.

Skills I bring

First and foremost I bring my lived experience as whanau of people living with mental illness. Schizophrenia and dementia. I also lost one of my closest friends to suicide.

  1. Strong clinical leadership expertise with established clinical networks into key stakeholder groups or representative nominations from the key stakeholder groups reflecting: I am non clinical however I do have established networks with Whanau at District, Regional and National Level.
    • A regional focus: I have participated at the regional level for about seven years.
    • Service development experience: Advising on Service development is central to an Advisor role.
    • Strategic leadership skills: I pride myself in strategic level thinking.
    • Evidence of leading, influencing and communicating sector change: As a non clinician leading change within a clinical setting wouldn’t really be appropriate however I like to think I’ve influenced change and communication is one of my strengths. In non clinical settings such as education and Chairing NPEST I have successfully led significant change.
    • Understanding of accountability frameworks: Yes.
    • Responsible decision making: Yes.
    • Clear understanding of the role and functions of clinical governance at a leadership level. Yes.
  2. Strong communication skills with established relationships with key stakeholder groups / networks where information can be fed to and from the network.: I believe I communicate well and I have long term connections with stakeholder groups. An important part of my role is to keep eyes and ears on the community we serve and wider developments.
  3. Senior Strategic planning and funding expertise with a good understanding of national and regional drivers: I wouldn’t claim to have ‘Senior strategic planning and funding expertise’ but I have a broad understanding of how F&P work. I try to stay aware of national and regional drivers. I was also a member of the Advisory Group for our previous government’s Commissioning and Funding Framework project, which didn’t actually produce a result. (flawed concept)
  4. Service management and leadership expertise (DHB and/or NGO and/or Primary) : Not appropriate to my role however I have management and leadership experience outside of health.
  5. A regional focus. : Where the work is regional.
  6. Service development experience. A core part of Advisor work is to participate in service development / improvement work bringing the whanau experience into the discussion.
  7. Strategic leadership skills: It’s not my role to lead clinicians however I tend to think and work at a strategic level and have led strategic change within education.
  8. Working with Māori expertise: My final three years in teaching was leading at school level a research project aimed at raising the achievement of Māori students in mainstream education. Within this project I consulted widely with our Māori parents and community.
  9. Consumer Whānau expertise: Lived.
  10. Specialist service expertise e.g. forensic, primary, older people and child and adolescent services: I work across our all of our DHBs MH&A services, however this does not include Forensic.
  11. Proven track record for delivering results: My last three roles in particular (Family and Whanau Advisor, Adult Education management, Education research) have been about enabling others to deliver the desired results so I’m always a little reluctant to claim credit, however I do believe I have enabled those who do the frontline work to improve their results.
Turaukawa Bartlett - Chair for Midland Workforce Strategy Network, Director of MANAvation & Kaiwhakahononga – Māori Workforce Development, Careerforce. 

Tu BartlettCredentials

  • 2018 DAPAANZ Best newcomer to the sector
  • 2017 Bob Henare Award Te Rau Matatini – Excellence toward Māori Mental Health.
  • 2017 Careerforce Top Māori Student
  • 2016 ITF Future Māori Business Leader Award
  • Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support
  • Level 4 Certificate in Health Promotion
  • Level 5 Certificate in Whaikōrero / Tikanga studies
  • Level 4 Certificate in Te Reo Māori

Sector Linkages

  • Chair - Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Regional Network
  • Te Huinga o ngā pou Hauora – Midland Māori Leadership Forum
  • Tautoko ki Waikato – Waikato Mental Health and Addiction Leadership Network


Ko Maungakiekie te maunga
Ko te Waitematā te moana
Ko Māhuhu ki-te-rangi te waka
Ko Tumutumuwhenua te whare
Ko Takaparawhau te whenua
Ko Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei te iwi

I tipu ake au i Ōrākei i Takaparawhau, ā i reira whāngaihia ai e tōku kuia ki te reo Rangatira me ngā uara tuku iho.  Ka noho pūmau ki tōku whakapapa Māori me ngā tātai pākehā anō hoki i ahu mai i tōku pāpā.

He Māori ahau, he pāpā ahau, he hoa rangatira ahau ki te kuku o tōku manawa, he Tangata Whai Takiwātanga ahau hoki. Kua ngaua e au te paepae hamuti o te reo me ngā tikanga kia arotahitia ngā ara whakamua e rua e hikoina ai e tātou ngā Kaiāwhina mō te Hauora o ngā whānau katoa.

Nō te tau 2015 i whakatōhia ai te manawanui ki te manaaki tangata i roto i ahau, ā ka riro ai he tūranga Kaiāwhina Rangatahi i raro i te marumaru o Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki. Mai i taua wā kua whāia tōtika te pae oranga o ngā Rangatahi mā runga i te kaupapa MANAvation. Kua riro anō tētahi atu tūranga i Careerforce arā te Kaiwhakahononga matua e puāwai ai ngā pūkenga me te Rangatiratanga o ngā Kaiāwhina o Aotearoa.

Nā reira, kei Ngāi pīkoko ki te whai huarahi manaaki tangata, e kore e mimiti te aroha mō koutou.

I am a proud Māori, father, husband and tangata whai takiwātanga / diagnosed Asperger. I am an advocate of te reo Māori, tikanga Māori and bringing bi-cultural practice to life in every environment.

In 2015, I entered the mental health and addiction workforce as a Youth Worker based in the Hauraki region and completed an apprenticeship in Mental Health and Addiction Support under the guidance of Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.

Since then, alongside my wife Aimee, founded MANAvation Hauora services supporting Rangatahi in secondary schools experiencing mental health addiction issues. We also lead Māori workforce development for Careerforce, where we are able to develop whanaungatanga with the sector in supporting the development of the Māori Kaiāwhina workforce across Aotearoa.

An unequalled drive to enhance leadership in Rangatahi Hauora, the ability to utilise whanaungatanga in partnership for collective success, and a willingness to push further than most for whānau and workforce Hauora.

I bring a proactive approach and passion for bringing kōrero to life through action and measurable Hauora outcomes for whānau, community, and the Hauora workforce.

My passion is underpinned and guided by a focus on accountability and the responsibility of supporting the next generation of workforce leaders, particularly Māori.

This determination to succeed for whānau Hauora drives my commitment to bringing a Māori, whānau and Rangatahi lens to all environments and ensuring that whānau are truly at the centre of Hauora.

Hine Moeke-Murray - Chair for Te Huinga o Nga Pou Hauora: Mãori Leadership Network, Chief Executive, Tairãwhiti

Hine Moeke Murray

Sector Linkages

  • Chair Midland Te Huinga o Nga Pou Maori Leadership Network
  • Current Member Nga Kōpara Leadership Network
  • Current Member Midland Workforce Strategy Group
  • Current Member Midland Perinatal and Infant Clinical Network
  • Current Member Midland Addiction Leadership Network Group
  • Te Hiringa Hauroa (Health Promotion Agency) Māori Advisory Group
  • Te Whãraurau Werry Workforce Centre Māori Advisory Group


Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Ko Ngati Porou Whānau Whanaui te Iwi
Ki te taha o tōku mama
Ko Tu Auau te Marae
Ko Ngati Rangi te hapu
Ki te taha o tōku papa
Ko nga marae maha o Te Aitanga o Mate nga marae
Ko Te Aitanga o Mate te Iwi
Ko Hine Moeke-Murray ahau

I am first and foremost a Māori woman who proudly descends from a prestigious line of Atua and Tipuna Māori through the whakapapa gifted to me through my parents.  I am married to a beautiful man from Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and together we have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  I have formally been involved in Mental Health and Addictions for over 10 years but have spent a lifetime with whānau.  I am currently an adult educator and also a candidate for PhD with Awanuiarangi.

I have been part of the establishment of Te Kuwatawata – a new approach to working with whanau in high distress in Tairawhiti.  As the Manager of Te Kupenga Net Trust Peer Support and Advocacy Service, we have held the Te Kuwatawata Pilot programme since 25 August 2017.  We have just come through the pilot stage of the programme and have now moved into sustainable funding. This is a huge achievement for a small Kaupapa Maori NGO, to lead a blended service that provides clinical and Maori interventions for whanau in all forms of distress from acute to mild to moderate.

Together with the team we have successfully managed Te Kupenga Net Trust for the past 6 years, taking the service from non-performance to highly acclaimed throughout Aotearoa as a leading whanau peer support and advocacy service.

I have recently been seconded to the Maori Advisory Groups for Te Hiringa Hauora and Wharaurau.  I have also been and still currently part of the Tawhirimatea crisis team as the cultural assessor.

I have been involved in the regional advisory space for approximately 7 years.  My passion within Mental Health and Addictions is to ensure that there are robust pathways designed by and for Māori to their journey of wellness through the use of Māori psychology and methodology.


  • Te Ao Māori lens practice and application
  • Strategic planning
  • Strategic analysis
  • Thought leadership
  • Relationships
  • Change management
  • Clinical understanding
Marion Blake - Chief Executive, Platform

Marion BlakeCredentials

  • Professional qualifications in Social Work and Management Studies
  • Member of the NZ order of Merit

Sector Linkages

As CEO of Platform trust I lead a national network of community organisations that provide mental health and addiction support across New Zealand. This is supported by interfacing with many local and regional networks from within the mental health, addiction, social services and general community sectors. In my role I often represent the community sector in advisory or advocacy groups to Government and some current examples are; the Health Quality Safety commission NZ work on mental health and addictions, Charities Services sector user group (DIA), the Ministry of Health NGO council. These roles vary, sometimes they are content specific i.e. the delivery of community based mental health and addictions services, other times they may be generally about the community and voluntary sector in New Zealand, sometimes they are focussed on advocacy for underrepresented community voices and increasingly, how Government agencies can better engage with communities.


I grew up in the south Waikato with one of my parents working at Waikeria prison and the other at Tokanui hospital. In my early 20s I went to England and stayed there for 20 years working in local authority social services and then for the NHS in long stay hospital closure programmes, quality assurance and workforce development.  On returning to NZ after a short time in the public health system my work has been pursuing my interest in how communities organise and how the machinery of Government interacts with communities and citizens.  Over the years I worked with many local community groups and networks, served on local and national boards and committees and had exposure across many areas of senior levels of Government and the public sector.

Skills that I bring

I bring a commitment to the critical role that the community sector must have to the mental health and wellbeing of citizens.  With my stewardship Platform has developed some leading system analysis and material that has been used to influence changes and developments in the mental health system. On Track – Knowing where we are going and this was followed by Fast Track.

Other Members

  • Dr Sharat Shetty - Clinical Director MH&A, Taranaki DHB
  • Dr Darren Malone - Clinical Director MH&A, Lakes DHB
  • Vicki Aitken - Waikato DHB
  • Tanya Malony - Waikato DHB
  • Richard Moore - Hauora Tairawhiti
  • Jen Boryer - Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Fiona Miller - Bay of Plenty DHB
The Midland Clinical Governance Network is supported by the Midland Regional Network - Mental Health and Addictions Team:
  • Eseta Nonu-Reid - Midland Region Director
  • Akatu Marsters - Midland Business Support Coordinator
  • Steve Neale - Midland Workforce Lead
  • Belinda Walker - Information Project Coordinator