Midland Addiction Leadership Network 

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Addiction Leadership Members

Sally Whitelaw - Co Chair of Addiction Leadership Network, Bay of Plenty

Sally WhitelawSally is a DAPAANZ Registered Addiction Practitioner who started her career in the Addiction field working in a residential treatment facility in the Northern Territory, Australia. Sally moved from Australia to New Zealand in 2008 and since then has worked in Tauranga for the Salvation Army Addiction Service and for the past 9 years at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. Sally is the Clinical Team Leader at the BOP Addiction Service and prior to this worked as the Addiction Service Clinical Lead for 3 years where she first became involved in the Midland Addiction Leadership Network. Sally recognises and celebrates the achievements of harm reduction in New Zealand and accepts the challenge to further lead and support harm reduction models of care.

As the Chair of this network my expectation from stakeholders of this group are:

  • Support better outcomes for family whānau
  • Supporting regional mental health and addiction planning
  • Supporting the achievement of health targets and policy priorities
  • Linking to national and regional groups and networks and enhance regional thinking.
  • Leading and/or supporting the development of nationally consistent approaches to mental health and addiction
  • Reducing inequalities in mental health and addiction outcomes
  • Bring and take back information to local Addictions Advisory

Favourite "words of wisdom"

I would draw on the family values passed down to me of "treating others as you wish to be treated and be kind to one another". 

Di Nant - Senior Clinical Counsellor/Therapist/Registered Practitioner, Southern Lakes


  • Bachelor Alcohol and other Drug Studies
  • Smoking Cessation Practitioner
  • Certificate in Family Therapy
  • Certificate in health and safety
  • First Aid Certificate

Sector Linkages:

  • MRADD representative
  • Networks include Strengthening families, Independent Living Choices, Family Works, Budget Services, CMH, Te Whare Whakaue, and various Inpatient residential treatment centres regionally and nationally.


I began working in this field ten years ago and continue to be passionate about this field.  I initially worked at Hanmer clinic IOP programme as an assistant/student counsellor role and soon after got a position at Care NZ where I worked for four and a half years.  I was employed initially in the DTU at the prison running group therapy, and then as a clinical counsellor in the outpatients clinic.  For two years I worked in an outpost role in the Paraparaumu clinic with one other clinician where we were autonomous in our client work, but continued to work collaboratively with other services, including running education groups for hospital staff and schools.

My husband then moved to Taupo with his work, and I applied for a job at Arc Counselling where I have been for the last five years.  I enjoy working in this region and have formed many strong collaborative, professional relationships with other services and have a lot of links and networks that I refer into and out of.

I particularly enjoy collegial discussions and listening to different viewpoints both systemically and relationally.  I firmly believe that continuing to up-skill is important as it is vital to keep up with ever changing trends and ways of working.

At the moment I am looking at enrolling in a postgraduate diploma within a CEP framework.

Before undertaking this career I held several positions involved with special needs as well as fostering children from age two to seventeen years.  I also worked in retail and sales for approximately ten years.

In my spare time I love hanging out with my mainly grown up children and grandchildren, and helping around the farm.  I am an avid reader and enjoy photography.


  • A passion for the work
  • A strong desire to collaborative working within the systems to ensure best practice / models of care are delivered
  • An in depth understanding and knowledge of alcohol and other drugs coupled with strengths focussed, client driven, therapeutic models of working
  • The ability to understand / work from a systemic viewpoint .
  • Working with Tangata Whaiora
Sarah Barkley - Nurse Practitioner, Lakes
S BarkleyCredentials:  Masters of Health Sciences, endorsed in Addiction & Mental Health

Sector Linkages:

  • Midland Regional OST Network
  • Various workshop groups
  • Expert reference group for Lakes DHB MH&A Service

Profile & Skills:

am a Nurse Practitioner based at Lakes DHB, where I provide clinical leadership and expertise to the Lakes Opioid Treatment Service and the Specialist Addiction service. I have worked in this area for 9 years after 18 years in adult acute mental health, primarily crisis and inpatient work, both in New Zealand and overseas.

I became ‘hooked’ soon after discovering the world of addiction which prompted further study. I completed a Masters in Health Sciences, endorsed in mental health and addictions in 2015. In August 2016 I was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner. I am now an authorised prescriber for OST/ controlled drugs.

I am a Duly Authorised Officer and Approved Specialist for SACAT and will also provide cover for the Area Director of Addictions.

I am an advocate for people with substance use disorders and practices in a manner that is client centred and holistic, maintaining the individual and their wellbeing at the fore. She has been an active member of NAOTP for 7 years, participates in a number of national groups, nursing forum at regional and national level and is often called upon to speak at national nursing and addiction focused events, alongside the provision of education regarding co-existing disorders.

Rachel Haskell - Operations Manager, Odyssey House

Credentials: Bachelor Applied Social Work

Linkages & Networks

  • Waikato AOD Forum
  • NZ Drug Foundation - Whole School Approach Pilot
  • Addiction Leadership Forums - Odyssey Auckland

Profile:  Registered Social Worker that after working in therapeutic programmes has been in management for the past eight years working with youth with complex presentations.  I have been involved with implementing evidenced based programmes across the region working alongside Mental Health clusters and community social services.

I joined Odyssey in July 2016 to lead the implementation of the Hamilton and Surrounds team and develop and support the Leadership Systems & Support to all provider under Youth Intact Model of Care.

Skills:  I have a strategic focus that is always striving to think creatively and passionate about the addictions sector and making a difference for the people we serve.  As part of this journey implementing a new initiative within the Waikato Youth AOD Model of Care has brought about new ways of thinking and supporting people to work in different ways to achieve outcomes.

My key career focus has been rangatahi therefore bring knowledge and experience of the challenges and successes in this space.  I believe that relationships and communication are the drivers to success.  I have contributed to many working groups in the Waikato to enhance service delivery and would be delighted to be part of the Addiction Leadership Network.

Selina Paerata - Clinical Team Leader, Paiake Solutions

Selina PaerataCredentials:

  • Post Graduate Diploma Business (2016-2018 current)
  • Te Puutaketanga o Te Reo (2018)
  • Certificate in Leadership & Management
  • Diploma in Alcohol & Other Drug Studies
  • Bachelor Applied Social Science Counselling
  • Certificate Small Business Studies
  • Diploma Arataki Manu Korero (Maori Studies)
  • DAPAANZ registered Practitioner


  • Midland Addiction Leadership Network (2016-2018)
  • Midland Workforce Leadership Network (2017-2018)
  • Te Pae Tawhiti Advisory Group (2017-2018)
  • Waikato Alcohol & Other Drug Providers Group (2014-2018)
  • Waikato Local Advisory Group (2014-2015)
  • Waikato Local Advisory Group (Oct 2017 to Feb 2018 - Interim Rep)
  • Ko te Paataka Oranga o Te Ao Wairua Southern Waikato Cluster Governance Group (member)
  • Ko te Paataka Oranga o te Ao Wairua: Kaupapa Maori Advisory Group (Chairperson)
  • Involved in Youth Social Sector Trials Te Kuiti and Taumarunui


For the past 12 years I have worked in both the gambling and addiction field for both Government and Non Government Organisations with adults and youth. 

I am the Clinical Team Leader for Pai Ake Solutions Ltd (2017).  Previously worked in the roles of Rangatahi AOD Case Manager for Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust (6 years).  AOD Clinician for Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa.  Youth AOD Counsellor; Gambling Counsellor for Hauora Waikato (3 years); Gambling Counsellor for Rural Mental Health & Addiction (South Team) WDHB and Drug & Alcohol Counsellor for Care NZ Drug & Alcohol Service (3 month contract).


12 years’ experience and skill in the addiction field, inclusive of working with adult; youth and their whanau.  Along with working with Maori expertise and strong leadership skills with established networks.

Linda Gibson - Clinical Supervisor/AOD Counsellor, Tairawhiti

Linda GibsonCredentials:

  • Supervision Certificate, WELTEC 2005
  • Graduate Diploma Addictions (Level 7), WELTEC 2008
  • PG Dip Business Management, Waikato Uni Business School 2013
  • Whitiwhiti Korero (supervision) 3 days 2012 Pam Armstrong, Auckland
  • CEP 14-15/8/14 Terry Huriwai, Gisborne
  • #705 dapaanz competent practitioner registration current

Linkages / Networks:

Developed broad networks over 25 years from working locally, through the East Coast, in Auckland and Rotorua/Taupo; having attended various Addiction Leadership Days, Cutting Edge Conferences, 2x Healing Our Spirits Worldwide; prior rep on MRWAG etc; in current role being a member of OST Team where have attended NAOTP meetings and MR OST clinical meeting; attended Hui-a-Rohe 18/2/15 Kirikiriroa; appreciated support from Matua Raki via scholarships for past study.


  • Counsellor addressing sexual abuse with Maori women, children and their whanau 1980, Te Parekereke Inc, Gisborne; from that role began training in addictions via CIT, eventually completed Grad Dip Addictions WELTEC;
  • AOD Counsellor Te Atea Marino, WDHB 1998-2005
  • Clinical Supervisor, CADS North WDHB until 2005-2008
  • Clinical Team leader, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust, Rotorua 2008-2013
  • Opportunity return home to Gisborne: July 2013 began role as
  • Clinical Supervisor, CMH Addictions Team, Hauora Tairawhiti, Gisborne


  • Alcohol & Other Drug Counsellor with CEP skills and experience
  • Clinical Supervisor oversight for colleagues
  • Clinical Team Leaders skills and experience
  • Understanding of Te Reo Maori, perpetual tauira re conversational reo
  • Networks within Te Ao Maori
Caleb Putt - Youth AOD Coordinator, Bay of Plenty

Credentials: 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.
Terry Huriwai - Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rau Matatini

Terry HuriwaiTerry would like to describe himself as quiet, shy and retiring. Many of those who know him may agree. The humble, compassionate gentleman who sits behind the glasses has supported the addiction sector for many years.                                  

Beginning his career as a probation officer in Christchurch he formalised various roles at Te Rito Arahi, Māori Alcohol and Drug Treatment Service with an iwi secondment in 1994. Since then, Terry has had roles in the National Addiction Centre at the University of Otago, the Ministry of Health, Matua Raki and now manager of the Te Hau Mārire programme within Te Rau Matatini.

Throughout the many roles, Terry has taken every opportunity to share knowledge at local, regional and national levels–to influence and shape practice and service delivery to enhance Māori wellbeing. Many will attest to the multitude of articles, guidelines and intel emailed at random times throughout the day or night.

Terry’s many achievements include publications in gambling, alcohol and other drug and workforce development. He has been involved in the development and implementation of the Takarangi Competency Framework and is a co-author of He Tete Kura, Māori Addiction Treatment:1980-2008. Terry can attest to the many challenges and continued growth in the sector but it is fair to say he has been an active participant in much of the past, current and future history of the addiction treatment sector. 

Terry would say one of his greatest achievements would be to spoil the ‘moko’ without getting caught by the parents.

Other Members are:

  • Tina Winikerei - Arc Counselling, Taupo
  • Rose Taylor - Tui Ora Ltd, Taranaki
  • Pania Hetet - Tuhoe Hauora, Bay of Plenty
  • Sally Whitelaw - Bay of Plenty DHB, Tauranga

The Midland Alcohol and Other Drugs Network is supported by the Midland Regional Network Team:

  • Eseta Nonu-Reid - Midland MH&A Regional Director
  • Akatu Marsters - Midland MH&A Business Support Coordinator
  • Steve Neale - Midland MH&A Workforce Planning Lead
  • Belinda Walker - Midland Information Project Coordinator