Our People

Sue Paton

Sue Paton

Sue started as dapaanz Executive Director July 2015 and was on the Executive for two years before this. She has a long history working in addictions as a practitioner, youth counsellor, manager and advisor.

Sue came to dapaanz from the Health Promotion Agency where she was Principal Advisor Addictions.

Position Executive Director

Clare Gibson

Clare Gibson

 

Clare was born and bred in Wellington,  is the proud mother of two teenage daughters, and loves to live life to the full with friends and family.  

 

Position Office Manager

Naomi Lester

Naomi Lester

 

Naomi is the Marcoms genie. She works with  marketing and comms and is loving being part of a sector which promotes recovery through compassionate, holistic practice.  

Position Marcoms

Karen Meintjes

Karen Meintjes

 

Karen and her husband recently immigrated from South Africa to windy Wellington. Karen is an avid cat lover, she is loving life in beautiful Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Position Registrar

Ian MacEwan

Ian MacEwan

Ian has 47 years experience in addiction treatment, including working with homeless,  in half-way houses, community detoxification,  community treatment services; he was at the set-up of the National Addiction Centre, Kina Trust, and as the Executive Director of dapaanz for 13 years.

 Ian continues to practice  privately and serves on various professional panels including the addiction experts panel for the Health & Disability Commissioner.

 

 

 

 

Position Complaints Convener

executive board heading

executive board

Claire Aitken

Claire Aitken

Claire is Programme Director and Director of Moana House and Moana House Training Institute. She has been in the addiction treatment field for many years and is passionate about working with individuals and their whānau who are experiencing issues with addiction and offending.

Claire is a Registered Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor.

Position Chair

Ben Birks Ang

Ben Birks Ang

Ben is National Youth Services Advisor for Odyssey, Auckland and the New Zealand Drug Foundation. He has a passion for empowering communities and supporting rangatahi to build on their resiliency and expand their views of who they can become. Ben is a Registered Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor.

Anna Nelson

Anna Nelson

Anna is a Programme Lead with Matua Raki. Anna began her career in addictions in 1996 and is passionate about addiction workforce development and improving outcomes for children affected by parental addiction. She is a Standard Member.

Debby Sutton

Debby Sutton

Debby is Programme Manager,  Odyssey (Auckland), with a main focus on coordinating the Counties Manukau AOD Provider Collaborative. She has worked in the addiction treatment sector for 20 years in a variety of roles. Debby is a Standard Member.

Selina Elkington

Selina Elkington

Selina is Clinical Coordinator at He Waka Tapu, Christchurch. She has been an addiction practitioner for 11 years and is a Registered Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor.

Brent (Tohi) Tohiariki

Brent (Tohi) Tohiariki

Tohi is Assistant Director Clinical Oversight with the Salvation Army Addiction Services, Bridge, Christchurch. He has worked in the field of addiction and mental health for 15 years in a variety of roles. Tohi is a Standard Member and Accredited Supervisor.

Layla Lyndon-Tonga

Layla Lyndon-Tonga

Layla has a long experience working in gambling, addictions, health, public health and Māori health. Layla is a Standard Member.

Takurua Tawera

Takurua Tawera

Takurua is Pou Whakahaere at Moana House in Dunedin and Pouwhakarae for the dapaanz Executive. Takurua is a Registered Practitioner.