The Group is made up of the 7 DHBs Planning and Funding Portfolio Managers in Mental Health and Addiction portfolio's.

Owen Lloyd - Hauora Tairawhiti

Owen LloydE nga Mana, e nga reo  Tena tatou katoa.

E rau ringa e oti ai  (many hands make light work)

With over 20years experience in the health sector Owen returned to the role of Portfolio Manager for Mental Health & Addictions in 2017.  Previous to this Owen was working as Cultural Advisor in the iCAMHS team from 2013 to 2017 plus other roles within the health sector prior including Maori Health Manager.

Email: Owen.Lloyd (at)

Michael O'Connell - Lakes DHB

michael-o-connell.jpgCredentials - 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'

Jenny Feaver - Taranaki DHB

jenny-james.jpgJenny James is from Taranaki and has worked for the Taranaki DHB Planning and Funding and Provider Arm (through its various entities) over the last 20 years.

Jenny covers a range of portfolios from Mental Health & Addiction to Maternity and Youth to name a few.


Peta Ruha - Bay of Plenty

Peta 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

Caleb 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)

Rachel Haswell, Waikato


  • Bachelor Applied Social Worker

Sector Linkages:

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

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 support 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.