The purpose of the Workforce Leadership Network is to provide regional strategic leadership and a mandated voice at a regional level for workforce that has:

The group was formed in January 2009 and has recently completed an Expression of Interest process to move into a managed network.  The Terms of Reference define the networks roles and responsibilities.


Midland Workforce Leadership Network Terms of Reference Feb 2013 



Role: General Manager, Te Puna Hauora Ki Uta Ki Tai Tauranga


Sector Linkages:

Local: A wide range of Govt and non-Govt services and organisations; Tauranga Community Services; Nga Mataapuna Oranga Kaupapa Maori PHO; Hauora Maori; BOPDHB; Eastern and Western BOP PHO; Iwi services.

Regional: Nga Purei Whakaata Ruamano and membership; Te Ahurei Hamilton; Whakatohea Health and Social Services, Tu Tama Wahine Taranaki, MR Workforce Advisory Group (past).

National: Te Rau Matatini; The Werry Centre; Matua Raki


Career History
I have worked in Maori Community health for 6 years  and Kaupapa Maori  Mental Health for the past 17 years. During that time I have initiated and set up community services – as well as setting up the Kaupapa Maori Mental Health services within the BOP DHB. More recently, I have set up the development of Kaupapa  Maori Mental Health services devolved from the BOP DHB to the community, Te Puna Hauora Ki Uta Ki Tai.

I have been involved in setting up the Whanau Ora projects and service development through Nga Mataapuna Oranga, through to facilitating and delivering the training of Whanau Ora Assessments to practitioners within the NMO Network.

Governance Boards
I am currently and have been the Chairperson of the Whaioranga Trust Health and Social Services Board for the past 12 years.  I am also on the Governance Board of the Nga Mataapuna Oranga Maori PHO.  In my years of service in these roles, I have learned governance roles and responsibilities.

Workforce Development
Workforce development has been a passion of mine for many years. In the services that I have managed, I ensured that workforce development strategies, processes and protocols were in place for staff in on-going training and career development. As part of that work, I ensured that  students and New Grads were a part of the organisational workforce development.  This continues in the NGO that I currently manage.

Over the past 4 years, I have been involved in Maori Workforce Development  at a national level, working with Te Rau Matatini on projects to enhance workforce and career development for young people. I have also been involved in workforce issues for services around Tamariki/Rangatahi health. I am a mentor of a national Rangatahi  workforce development Advisory group. I have also initiated and supported other advisory groups.

As part of my role in the NMO network, I am on the Whanau Ora Leadership group where we have formulated systems and structures to embed the Whanau Ora model of work. Some of this has included developing and delivery of the practitioner training of Whanau Ora Assessments.

I have been involved over many years, in a range of activities to help and support  developments  including workforce. The aims have been, towards trying to make changes for Maori at local, regional and national levels, to better support their own health and social needs,  including workforce and career goals.


Role: Group Services Manager


 Sector Linkages:

Current Memberships:

 Previous Memberships:


A broad background within health, tertiary education, and business related areas. Experienced in all aspects of increasing opportunities for communities including building successful relationships to achieve desired outcomes, providing leadership, and utilising critical and lateral thinking skills.

Skills I bring:

As part of the Tui Ora Limited (TOL) Organisational Development team my portfolio includes workforce and professional development for the organisation.

My previous experience and current role requires the following skills:

Providing information to make the networks aware of initiatives and opportunities available.


Role:  Manager Community Mental Health & Addictions, Taranaki DHB

Co-chair: Midland Workforce Leadership Network


Sector Linkages:


A nurse since 1976, I have worked in the Mental Health & Addictions sector since 1980 in a variety of settings in NZ.  These include both acute inpatient and community environments; education for five years; specialist Kaupapa Maori MH for five years; and management in the NGO sector.

Working for two years as a MH Workforce Development Consultant,  I enjoyed a return to a front line role in 2009 and this year joined TaranakiDHBin aCMH& Addictions Management role.

I am passionate about  contributing to and influencing great  treatment experiences of people who need the services of mental health and /or addictions.


Significant contributions to the development of the local MH workforce development:

Role:  Service Manager, Acute Services, Tairawhiti DHB


Sector Linkages:

Working within Tairawhiti District Health Board Mental health services.  I have developed a range of networks and contacts at a local and regional level.


I originally trained in the UK as a registered nurse in mental health and worked there for 10 years as a nurse and in management positions, mostly within acute inpatient settings. In 2006 myself and my family moved to NZ and resided in Auckland.  I worked for 6 years at Counties Manukau DHB within the mental health service, and my last position with that organisation was as a service manager with responsibility for the acute inpatient unit, the regional low secure in patient unit, mental health services for older people, psychiatric liaison and the regional dual disability team.

We as family decided to move out of Auckland and I applied for an accepted a service manager role within challenge trust based in Gisborne.  I enjoyed this time within the NGO and it taught me a huge amount in relation to service responsiveness and flexibility but I realised my passion lay within the acute sector and I applied for the service manager role within Tairawhiti DHB, where I have been since December 2011.

I enjoy the challenges my current role offers me and the opportunity to stay connected to operational issues whilst still influencing strategy decision making.


I come with a wide range of experience at a local and regional level in relation to service improvement.  I am passionate about providing high quality services to clients who access our services and I believe that a competent and able work force who have the right value base and attitude is pivotal in influencing how services are perceived by clients.

I have experience in developing and implementing work force plans and ensuring that supports are put in place to ensure that these are successful.  In previous roles I supported workforce developments through a range of initiatives including facilitating access to training and developing new roles that supported workforce development.

I believe I have strong communication skills and I am able to engage people from a wide range of settings.  I have previously managed regional services and so have an understanding of the factors that need to be addressed.

I would bring with me a solution focused approach and a commitment to ensuring that the workforce is enabled to provide the service requirements in line with local, regional and national direction.


Role:  Midland Training Director, HealthShare Shared Service Agency


Sector Linkages:

Regional Director of Training represents Midland Region within Health Workforce New Zealand. Direct report to HealthShare CE and indirectly reporting to Midland CEO and Chairs


Long history in nursing leadership and education.  A spell in planning and funding, managing mental health and addictions portfolio. More recently Clinical Nurse Director (Waikato DHB), leading the Professional Development Unit.

Based in this newly appointed position since October 2012


Sound knowledge of workforce and training methodologies.  Influence to develop initiatives within the Midland region, particularly around training and education.  Good links with Health Workforce New Zealand and the other three regional directors of training.


Role:  Associate Director of Nursing Mental Health and Addiction Service, Bay of Plenty DHB


Sector Linkages:


Trained as a RMN in England and gained registration in 1989.  Immigrated to New Zealand with family in 2002.  I am a New Zealand Registered Nurse with extensive experience in the field of mental health.  Expertise in adult mental health, case management, crisis work and home based treatment.  I have worked in a range of specialist services including intensive case management, assertive community treatment (in the UK), eating disorders liaison service, child and adolescent mental health services.

Earlier on in my career I worked with a Community MHSOP, Addiction service managing a methadone prescribing service with a local GP and coordination of needle exchange programme with local pharmacists.  I have extensive clinical knowledge and experience in mental health; I provide an advanced consultative role to the multi-disciplinary clinical teams across the service and DHB. I provide advanced nursing assessment, advice and direct input into complex nursing care plans.  More recently I have undertaken professional leadership roles that promote and support workforce development with a particular focus on the nursing workforce.

I recently joined BOP DHB as ADON for Mental Health and Addiction services prior to this I had a number of clinical and leadership roles within Waitemata DHB.


Committed to the advancement of a professional workforce that pursues clinical excellence across all aspects of care delivery with an emphasis on the nursing workforce.

Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.

Clear, open and confident communicator with the ability to involve and collaborate at all levels, inclusive in working relationships

Able to use effective communication skills to facilitate better communication across all levels of nursing practice, provide a nursing perspective to others.

Advanced skills in coaching, mentoring and clinical supervision of nurses and other mental health professionals.

Support and guidance for registered and new graduate nurses regarding personal professional development aligned with the needs of the service.

Coaching and mentoring of registered nurses within the Duly Authorised Officer role.



Role:  Project Leader, Matua Raki

Sector Linkages & Networks:


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.



Tania Wilson: Senior Advisor / Clinical Pschologist, The Werry Centre

Of Te Arawa (Tuhourangi) and Ngapuhi descent, Tania has spent the past 28 years working as a Clinical Psychologist& consultant in a number of settings including forensic, maternal mental health, and child adolescent mental health. Her former roles have included Clinical Director for a large NGO, Manager & Lead Clinician of a regional Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and consultant to various government departments on clinical issues, risk management, training development and delivery, program design and professional development. Tania is currently a Senior Advisor for The Werry Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Auckland. Her current areas of interest are building capacity and competencies in services, workforce development, infant mental health, working with children and youth with complex needs.



The Workforce Leadership Network is supported by the Midland Regional Mental Health & Addictions Network Team: