Sam has been working in the addictions sector for many years. Her career has given her many different perspectives: teaching addiction practitioners at undergraduate and postgraduate level; working as an addiction practitioner in rural and urban New Zealand; being a funder and planner for mental health and addictions across three DHBs; being a General Manager of an addiction service; and coordinating several sector groups. She is also completing a PhD about growing the addictions workforce. Sam has a passion for people and workforce development and is thrilled to be able to support dapaanz members in our combined efforts to foster excellence in addiction practice.
Position Executive Director
Born in Wellington, Kat has resided on the Kāpiti Coast for the last 30 years. Kat spends her free time coaching premier, college, representative and development netball and likes to get creative with painting and craft projects. Whānau is a huge part of Kat’s life and she enjoys spending time with her friends, partner, family and young daughter.
Position Office Manager
Ian has 47 years in addictions, 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 and is in private practice, serves on various professional panels including the addiction experts panel for the Health & Disability Commissioner.
Position Complaints Convener
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.
Ben is the Deputy Executive Director, Programmes for the New Zealand Drug Foundation. He is passionate about developing approaches that support people to live healthy, successful lives with everything they need to make their own choices. Ben is a Registered Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor.
Denise currently works in the School of Health at Victoria University, Te Herenga Waka where she broadly teaches health psychology and professional practice. Her research in the area of social justice informs her commitment to the welfare of people with vulnerabilities in disasters and more generally. Denise has worked engaged in the AoD sector as a consumer, health professional, educator and researcher for over 25 years.
Selina is Operations Manager Nova Star, Christchurch. She has been an addiction practitioner for a number of years and is a Registered Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor.
Mike has worked in the addiction and mental health field for the past 15 years and is registered with DAPPANZ as an AOD Practitioner and Accredited Clinical Supervisor. He has extensive experience working within hospital settings including the Regional Forensic and Rehabilitation Service in Porirua (Te Korowai Whariki) and the Acute Inpatient Ward at Wellington Hospital. Mike has run several groups within the community, Probation Service and he currently delivers a contract with Ministry of Justice in Wellington.
Suzy has lived experience of addiction and long term recovery. In early recovery, Suzy trained as a social worker and worked for several years as part of the Community AIDS Resource Team supporting people living with and affected by HIV. During her time with CART, Suzy trained as a counsellor and went on to work as a practitioner in the addiction sector for fifteen years. She has worked in a range of services including Higher Ground Residential Drug Treatment centre, and Auckland Community Alcohol and Drug Service. Today Suzy is he Project Lead with responsibility for consumer projects with Matua Raḵi, the Aotearoa, New Zealand National Addiction Workforce Development Centre within Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui.
Paul has over 25 years experience in the field as a counsellor for NSAD, a facilitator for after-care, facilitator for PGF relapse prevention, lecturer in addiction studies and DAPAANZ supervisor. He is passionate about practice and integrating the arts with therapy. Paul is also a member of the gambling sub-committee.
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.
Takurua Tawera is Pou Whakarae for dapaanz. The Pou Whakarae role is nominated by the Māori caucus and has voting rights on the dapaanz board. Takurua works at Moana House, Dunedin as Pou Whakahaere. He is a registered practitioner.