Wolfgang has worked in the New Zealand AOD sector since 1989 in a number of roles and organisations including ADDS (Presbyterian Support Services) and CADS Auckland from 1990 to 1996. He was a senior lecturer and manager of AOD training programmes with CIT and WelTec from 1997 until 2005 and is since then the manager of the Auckland CADS Counselling Service, the CADS Pregnancy and Parental Service and more recently the CADS Dual Diagnosis Service. Wolfgang has been a member of the DAPAANZ executive since 2004, deputy chair since 2006 and chair since 2011.
Claire is programme Director of Moana House, a residential therapeutic community for men from the criminal justice system, including a continuing care service and a training institute for the wider community and the addictions field. She is passionate about workforce development to ensure addiction workers are valued and have a strong commitment to best practice, cultural development and ensuring the southern region is well represented.
Vanessa is of Ngai Tahu descent (Kai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha) and her current role is the National Manager of Matua Raki, National Addictions Workforce Development. A registered psychologist by training, she has previously worked as a manager of both residential and outpatient addiction services in the Wellington area over the past 20 years. Prior to joining the Matua Raki team, she was executive director of a behavioural healthcare company that specialises in supporting industries to respond to addiction issues in the workplace. She enjoys on going learning and has an MBA and currently completing doctoral studies through AUT for which she is examining family and whānau involvement in the process of compulsory addiction treatment. Vanessa is currently co-chair of the National Committee of Addiction Treatment (NCAT), and she has served on the executive for the past two years. She serves as a member of her children’s’ school Board of Trustees. She lives on the Kapiti Coast with her husband and two children and is an avid supporter of the Waikanae under 11 Hurricanes rugby team and the Victory all star cheerleading squad.
Aukusitino was born and raised in Samoa, from the villages of Matatufu-Lotofaga and Luatuanu’u – Anoama’a in the Island of Upolu. He is a proud father of two beautiful children. He has been working in the addictions sector for the last eight years and currently working as a Pacific Family Alcohol / Drug and Gambling Clinician for TUPU Services (Waitemata DHB). In 2010, he completed a Bachelor of Alcohol & Drug studies.
Kia Ora Koutou Katoa
Ko Wetekia te maunga
Ko Wharariki te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Whakatu te marae
Ko Ngati Koata raua ko Ngati Toa nga iwi
Ko Sam Elkington toku koro raua Ko Ester Hippolite toku kuia
Ko Jim Elkington toku papa raua ko Patricia McDermott toku mama
Ko Selina Elkington toku ignoa
Ko Hinekawa Elkington taku tamahine
Her mother’s family is from the Winton/Invercargill area, with strong links back to Scotland and Ireland. Selina works at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu (NKMP) in Murihiku as the Manager of the AOD/Gambling service. NKMP is a Kaupapa Maori health & social service provider accredited. They believe that people can achieve anything if they are empowered or connected to information that helps them solve problems, motivates and stimulates them. The first step towards positive change needs to occur within. The Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust is an organisation with energy, zest and resources that can aid a person on their journey and empower them to succeed.
Rawiri (Te Ati Awa) has been in the addiction work for 30 years and is currently a clinical manager with CareNZ. He is also: Chairperson on Hutt valley Disabled Resource Trust; Chairperson Hutt Valley Foundation; Co-Chairperson INA Maori Trust HIV/AIDs Foundation Aotearoa; Board Member Te Reo Marama smoke free Maori trust; Hutt City Local Alcohol Committee appointed 18/12/2013; Cosine PHO board member; Atiawatoa FM Radio Board of directors since 2001.
Sue has over 20 year’s professional experience in the AOD sector as a clinician, clinical supervisor, team leader, manager and as Early Intervention Manager for ALAC. She is currently Principal Advisor Addictions for the recently established Health Promotion Agency. Sue has a Masters of Education majoring in counselling and human development. She was born in Auckland but is now firmly ensconced on the Kapiti Coast close to her two beautiful granddaughters.
Layla is of Ngati Porou, Nga Puhi and Niuean descent, is married with four children and a grandchild. She calls Pipiwai the centre of the universe in the Heart of Ngati Hine. Layla has many years’ experience in the Problem Gambling sector with a proven commitment to Maori health & Population health. She’s experienced in a range of different initiatives from service development and planning, local, regional and national policy development. Layla holds several board/executive roles on several interest groups. Layla is the National Coordination Service manager at Hapai te Hauora Tapui in the Gambling field. Layla is qualified in Mental Health & Addiction specialising in problem gambling interventions clinical & non-clinical and currently completing a Masters in Mental Health.
Ben Birks Ang
Ben is Team Leader for Stand Up! and Amplify! Services. Ben grew up in rural Manawatu, before moving up to South Auckland. He has worked in the alcohol and drug sector for a number of years, mostly leading the development of community youth-centred alcohol and other drug programmes. In addition, he has experience leading youth residential services, and both adult and youth continuing care. Ben has a passion for empowering communities and supporting taiohi to build on their resiliency and expand their views of who they could become. Being of mixed ethnicity, he is particularly interested in supporting the strengthening of cultural identity and traditions, and also supporting younger generations to understand how they can both be proud of who they are and move confidently between different cultural worlds. He enjoys sharing learnings with others, and has presented several guest lectures at tertiary institutions, in addition to appearing in videos on addiction-related websites
Takurua Tawera (kaumatua to the Executive)
Takurua has worked in the Health and Social Services sector for 26 years; he is employed at Moana House therapeutic community in Dunedin.