Welcome - Introducing the Chair for the Midland Addcitions Leadership Network


Clinic Director of Hanmer Clinic Tauranga, which is an NGO providing outpatient alcohol and drug addiction treatment services

After training in the United States, he held positions as an Alcohol and Drug Counsellor for Founders Hall Outpatient Service in Vermont, USA, as well as a counsellor and tutor at Lyndon State College, part of the University of Vermont.  Returning to New Zealand, he was Programme Director for the Salvation Army Bridge Programme on Rotoroa Island, a well known Treatment Centre for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

His next position was as Manager of the Auckland Methadone Service - the largest in New Zealand. Here he was responsible for initiating and setting in place the first training programme for GP’s prescribing Methadone.  Moving to Tauranga, he worked with the Community Alcohol and Drug Service for a year, and then began and co-ordinated the Lakes Methadone Programme in Taupo and Rotorua for ten years

He was a member of the Trust Board set up by the Goodfellow Unit, Auckland University, to oversee Training for Opioid Treatment by General Practitioners, and was the Northern Region Facilitator for that project for the seven years of its existence.  He was the founder and elected Chair of the National Association of Opioid Treatment Providers for ten years, and has served on the Organising Committee of the Cutting Edge Conference for the last eight years.

He has been a key note speaker at the Dual Diagnosis Seminar in Tauranga (2002), and at the Cutting Edge Conference (2003), and has presented papers at International Methadone Conferences in New York and San Francisco, the New Zealand Association of Counsellors Conference, and the Cutting Edge Conferences in Wellington (1998), Rotorua (2000), and Napier (2001), and Palmerston North (2004), and Auckland (2007).

He has been involved in Programme Development, Staff Training and Supervision, developing and maintaining Quality of Service, the development of Training Packages for GP’s, and of course, delivery of services to clients.  As well, he has conducted numerous educational and training groups on all aspects of Alcohol and Drug work for GP’s, alcohol and drug workers, community support workers,  Workplace training, etc, and has been a tutor for the Central Institute of Technology's Dual Diagnosis Training Programme, and for the Alcohol and Drug and Drug studies Post Graduate Certificate of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Auckland University.

David is a member of the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ), with whom he is a Registered Competent Practitioner. He is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychodramatists (ANZPA).

He has a Masters degree in Health Science, endorsed in Mental Health, awarded by the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago.


MR Addictions Leadership Network Terms of Reference Nov 2012



Role:  Project Leader, Matua Raki

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I began work in the AoD field in the early 1990's, starting out in the UKs 'wet and dry' house setting.  After intermittent years of travel, study, travel, work and more study, New Zealand became my home.  Over the last 18 years I have worked in a number of roles within the sector including mental health, residential treatment, DHB’s as a clinician/counsellor, a supervisor, lecturer and in supporting research.  My passion lies in promoting addiction related research, working to build CEP capability and building the skills of the workforce to best meet the needs of their clients.


Role:  Senior Clinical Cousnellor/Therapist/Reigstered Practitioner, Arc Counselling Services, Taupo


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I began working in this field ten years ago and continue to be passionate about this field.  I initially worked at Hanmer clinic IOP programme as an assistant/student counsellor role and soon after got a position at Care NZ where I worked for four and a half years.  I was employed initially in the DTU at the prison running group therapy, and then as a clinical counsellor in the outpatients clinic.  For two years I worked in an outpost role in the Paraparaumu clinic with one other clinician where we were autonomous in our client work, but continued to work collaboratively with other services, including running education groups for hospital staff and schools.

My husband then moved to Taupo with his work, and I applied for a job at Arc Counselling where I have been for the last five years.  I enjoy working in this region and have formed many strong collaborative, professional relationships with other services and have a lot of links and networks that I refer into and out of.

I particularly enjoy collegial discussions and listening to different viewpoints both systemically and relationally.  I firmly believe that continuing to up-skill is important as it is vital to keep up with ever changing trends and ways of working.

At the moment I am looking at enrolling in a postgraduate diploma within a CEP framework.

Before undertaking this career I held several positions involved with special needs as well as fostering children from age two to seventeen years.  I also worked in retail and sales for approximately ten years.

In my spare time I love hanging out with my mainly grown up children and grandchildren, and helping around the farm.  I am an avid reader and enjoy photography.


Role:  General Manager, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust


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For the past 18 years I have worked within the AOD sector beginning my training with CIT in Christchurch before moving to CADS West in Auckland.  From there I moved to Te Atea Marino, Regional AOD Maori service prior to moving to CADS North as a Clinical Supervisor.  This lasted a short eight months before accepting the position as Clinical Team Leader at CADS South. 

In 2006 I moved to Rotorua to take up the General Managers position with Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust.  The Trust has developed considerably in the last six years thanks to the support of passionate people within the sector.

I have been privileged to work in the AOD Sector and have witnessed many whanau transformations. 

At present I am taking a break from studies to concentrate on the development of the Te Arawa Whanau Ora Collective and the merger between ourselves and Tipu Ora Charitable Trust.


Role:  Pschologist working with Co-existing Problems, Lakes DHB


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I am registered as psychologist with the NZ Psychologists Board. I am also registered as a competent practitioner with DAPAANZ.  I am part of the Regional  Dual Diagnosis Collective and representative of Lakes DHB at Midland AOD forum.


I have been working as a registered psychologist since 2001.

I emigrated from South Africa to New Zealand in June 2006 after  I accepted a position as a registered psychologist at TeNgako Adult Community Mental health. I have been working with co-existing disorders since 2007.

As a registered psychologist I have been providing psychological assessments and interventions based on comprehensive psychological formulation .Psychotherapy and interventions are consistent with generally accepted theories and techniques, and adhere to the Code of Ethics currently endorsed by the NZ Psychologists Board.   


I believe my training and experience in the areas of psychology and dual diagnosis enable me to provide consultation to the network  on a variety of complex issues related to the field of co-existing disorders.


Role: Portfolio Manager, Waikato District Health Board

Rachael Poaneki returns to the mental health and addiction Portfolio Manager role and will focus on the Waikato Addictions sector.  Rachael has extensive experience and sector knowledge and is well known within the local and regional sector.

Email: rachel.poaneki@waikatodhb.health.nz


Role: Clinical Team Leader, Waikato Schools & Rural - Care NZ


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I have worked in social work settings working with young people and their families in both New Zealand (King Country) and the UK including Child Protection and in Residential Social work settings.

For the last 10 years I have worked in the addiction sector for CareNZ with both youth and adults. Currently Clinical Team Leader for the CareNZ Waikato Schools and Rural service working in and overseeing the AOD service delivery to 15 schools and 3 rural clinics.


Role: Lead Medical Officer, Taranaki A&D Service

Credentials: BHB, MBChB, MHSc, FAChAM

Sector Linkages: NAOTP


2014 & Current:  Lead Medical Officer Taranaki A&D Service. In this role I am responsible for providing pharmacotherapy and medical oversight to A&D patients of the Taranaki region.

2013-2014:  Medical Officer Alcohol and Drug Service, Midcentral Alcohol and Drug Service. I was responsible along with 2 other Medical officers for providing pharmacotherapy and medical oversight to A&D patients of the Manawatu and Howowhenua regions.

2012-2013:  Addiction Medical Specialist for the North/North West Alcohol and Drug Service, Tasmania. The ADS N/NW service is based in the North and North West of Tasmania. It is part of the wider Tasmanian Alcohol and Drug Service and serves a population base of 250,000.

In this role I was involved in providing pharmacotherapy. Tasmania provide’s a gate way model for pharmacotherapy in which Suboxone as the preferred pharmacotherapy agent.  I also had responsibility to provide medical oversight for the psychosocial team.

1992-2012: Clinical Lead and Medical Officer for the Taranaki Alcohol & Drug Service. Taranaki Alcohol and Drug service is a provincial New Zealand outpatient based service, which serves a population of 106000 people. It is currently based within the Taranaki Mental Health and Addiction Services, at Taranaki base hospital, 27a David Street, New Plymouth.

Other Members are:

The Midland Alcohol and Other Drugs Network is supported by the Midland Regional Network Team: