The Midland Regional Mental Health & Addictions Portfolio Managers Network was formed following the evaluation of the regional network.  The purpose of the group is defined in its Terms of Reference.

The Group is made up of the 5 DHBs Planning and Funding Portfolio Managers


Lakes District Health Board


Marita is Rotorua born and bred and has a background in mental health nursing with post graduate qualifications in Maori & Pacific Development and Health Science (C & A Psychiatry). Marita is passionate about mental health and has a particular interest in workforce development, youth & Maori mental health issues.

Email: marita.ranclaud "at"


Waikato District Health Board



Katherine Fell has been a Planning and funding Portfolio Manager with Waikato DHB for the past three years. She has worked in the mental health field for the past 20 years, primary in management roles both within the NGO sector and provider division services both in Auckland and in the Waikato. She comes from a nursing background and holds a postgraduate degree Health Science Mental health and health management. In 2008 she will complete a masters in health management.

Email: katherine.fell "at"


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 "at"


Bay of Plenty District Health Board 


Lesley is from Whakatane and has an extensive background in mental health social work both in the UK and New Zealand. She has a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and a Masters in Social Work involving research on the experiences of Bay of Plenty mothers with mental illness and/or addiction issues.

She is most proud of her work alongside consumers in the Eastern Bay of Plenty to establish consumer-led services and has a personal and professional interest in maternal mental health and family/Whanau inclusive approaches within the mental health & addiction field.

Email: lesley.watkins "at"


Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Kiri Peita is a Senior Portfolio Manager with BOPDHB Maori Health Planning and Funding and is new to the Mental Health and Addictions portfolio. Kiri has worked for Planning and Funding Maori Health for eight years and managed several Portfolios including Health of Older People and Public Health. Previously she worked as a Manager for an NGO Maori Health Provider in Tauranga. The best part of her job is working with the Providers.

Email: kiri.peita "at"


Taranaki District Health Board 


Jenny James is from Taranaki and has worked for Taranaki DHB Planning and Funding and Provider Arm (through its various entities) over the last 17 years. Her roles have included Business Analyst and various Portfolio areas since the establishment of DHBs. Jenny currently holds the Child & Youth and Mental Health & Addictions portfolio. She is delighted to be taking up the new portfolio at a time when there is lots of challenging and exciting developments underway in the sector.

Email: jenny.james "at"



Tairawhiti District Health 


Ellen joined Te Puna Waiora, the funding arm of TDH, in May as Portfolio Manager for Mental Health and Addiction services as well as Health of Older People and Palliative Care.  Not only is she new to portfolio management, she is new to Gisborne but is really enjoying the move from Hawke’s Bay.  There, Ellen worked for ACC as a support coordinator for those with serious injuries. A registered nurse by background, Ellen has spent most of her working life at Auckland District Health Board in a variety of roles before moving to Whanganui and then to Napier.

The Health of Older People portfolio includes working with aged care providers (e.g. rest homes), home and community support services, non-governmental organisations (e.g. Alzheimer’s Society), as well as services provided to those with chronic health conditions who are under 65 years of age.

The Mental Health and Addictions portfolio covers the lifespan and includes services from primary to secondary care.  TDH provides treatment in secondary care and works with a number non-governmental organisations in the primary sector. Work is currently underway to support primary mental health care provision in general practice.

The palliative care portfolio covers those working in end of life care.

 EmailEllen.Fisher "at"