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 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.
Dr Denise Blake has engaged in the social justice sector as consumer, health professional and researcher for over 20 years. She currently works at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University where her work in the social justice space informs her commitment to the welfare of vulnerable populations both withn a disaster context and more generally.
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.
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.
Ko Tararua te maunga,
Ko Manawatu te awa,
Ko Ngati Raukawa te iwi
Ko Leilani Maraku toku ingoa
Leilani is currently the Manukura (CE) for Mana o te Tangata Trust a Kaupapa Maori Mental Health & Addiction Peer Support Service in MidCentral. Leilani was responsible in setting up this new integrated service model from the beginning with merging two providers and re branding and delivering service into the community of MidCentral. Leilani has over 20 years’ experience within the mental health & addiction sector.
Leilani’s previous roles include Te Upoko O Nga Oranga O Te Rae a central region contract with district health boards supporting 18 Maori and non-Maori mental health & addiction providers with technical support, in-service training and enhancing Tangata whaiora voice.
Leilani developed and delivered adult youth and their whanau addictions peer support services throughout the Manawatu region, this also included providing services within the Manawatu prison working with male offenders (18-32) with mental health and addiction issues and their whanau on the outside. Followed by a joint initiative between four AOD NGO providers with the Department of Corrections Community Probation - Single point of entry for referrals that rolled out from MidCentral District Health Board.
Leilani has the energy and drive and brings experience as mental health & addictions worker from consumer focussed platform, front line service delivery, administration and management.
Present representation locally & nationally
NGO Connected Workforce Leadership Group MidCentral, Co-Chair
Turamarama Kaupapa Maori Suicide Prevention Roopu, Chairperson
Suicide Prevention Postvention Response Team MidCentral, member
Unison MidCentral, member
Clinical Governance MCDHB, member
AOD Network MidCentral, member
Navigate Central, member
Te Kete Pounamu, Co-chair
Health Quality & Safety Commission MHA Quality Improvement Programme Consumer Advisory Group, member
DAAPANZ, executive board member
NGO Council (National Mental Health Representation)
Leilani is a strong advocate in ensuring that the voice of Tangata whaiora and their whanau are inclusive and being heard. Leilani believes it is paramount that we implement a whole system paradigm change across all sectoral sectors.