Wolfgang has worked in the AOD field in New Zealand since 1989 in a number of roles and organisations including ADDS (Presbyterian Support Services) and CADS from 1990 to 1996. He was a senior lecturer and manager of AOD training programmes with CIT and WelTec from 1997 until 2004 and since 2005 is 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 and its Deputy chair since 2006 until his election to the chair in November 2011.
Claire has 20+ years of experience in the AOD sector and prior to that in the Mental Health and teaching sectors. She is a Clinician who is a Registered Practitioner as well as having managerial responsibilities. She is passionate about addictions in general, criminal justice clients in particular, family inclusive practice, group work and cultural competence.
Takurua has worked in the Health and Social Services sector for 24 years; he is employed with Te Hauora Runanga O Wairarapa, current Maori representative on NCAT, Wairarapa PHO, WelTec AOD, NAC, and an executive on Te Upoko (Central Maori Mental Health). He is married to Catherine (of Scottish descent), they have 3 children (the last has just moved out) and 10 grandchildren.
Takurua is Super Maori Fullas who along with the Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club supports the White Ribbon campaign.
Vanessa is of Ngai Tahu descent. She is a registered Psychologist and also holds an MBA. Vanessa has been working in the addictions field for nearly 20 years. Based in Wellington, she has worked as a manager at the Bridge Programmes, Director of Hanmer Clinic and Executive Director at Instep, a behavioural healthcare company with a particular focus on providing AOD education and support in the workplace.
She is currently a Project Manager at Matua Raki leading a number of developments including resources for methamphetamine treatment, a web based AOD and Gambling decision support tool for General Practitioners, frameworks for the peer support workforce and implementation strategies for the changes to the ADA Act. She has a commitment to life long learning and is currently a doctoral student at AUT.
Vanessa lives on the beautiful Kapiti Coast with her husband and children. She enjoys serving on the Board of her children’s school and is an avid fan of the Waikanae under 9 Highlanders Rugby team and Kapiti Jets cheer 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.
Ross is the Executive Director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation, a position he’s held for 7 years.
Prior to that, Ross was the social policy manager at the national office of the Citizens Advice Bureau for 4 years. Part of that work included gathering evidence from the volunteers about the issues facing their clients and then taking those issues to Parliament, government and government agencies.
Before that he was with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in a group called the APEC Task Force, which managed the APEC 1999 meetings hosted by New Zealand. Ross worked in the Communications Team of the Task Force, and had responsibilities for engagement with non-government organisations, trade unions, church groups, human rights advocates, anti-free trade activists, etc.
Ross moved to Wellington from Auckland to work at MFAT. Before that move, Ross studied, researched and worked at the University of Auckland. He holds degrees in international aid and development, and human geography. He worked as a researcher and teacher across a range of subjects and departments including: the Maori & Pacific Health Research Centre (researching cot death), the Centre for Development Studies, NZ Asia Institute and APEC Study Centre.
Ross was born and raised in New Plymouth.
Philip has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in Prisons, in the treatment of Chronic Pain, the addiction field in clinical, treatment and research roles and in private practice.
In 2004 Philip completed his PhD on Conflict between Health Consumers and Providers: a Preventative Ethics Approach, which focused on OST. This is still an area of interest for Philip and until last year he was the Coordinator of the National Association of Opioid Treatment Providers.
In 1999 Philip became interested in problem gambling when people started presenting to the Nelson Addiction Services with problems with pokie machines after a change in the regulations governing them led to a huge increase in problems.
In 2008 Philip was granted a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study internet gambling in the UK and Europe and currently he is employed as Research Director- a joint clinical and research role in the Problem Gambling Foundation.
Andre is of Ngati Apa, Muaupoko and Scottish decent. He is married with four children living in the rural Waikato. Andre is a Registered Clinical Psychologist working in forensics, and coexisting problems in the Waikato. He has been working in Mental Health and Addictions for the last 20 years.
Andre is involved in a range of National workforce development working parties, and has been a New Zealand delegate of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Andre is passionate about teaching and competency development in the field of CEP, and also Whānau and community approaches to addressing co-existing, health, social and addiction problems.
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
My Mothers family is from the Winton/Invercargill area, with strong links back to Scotland and Ireland.
I work 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. We 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.
Tihei Mauri Ora