Where we fit in!

2021 Structure 

The Mental Health & Addiction Network team has a multi-layered accountability framework that feeds information up, down and across the multiple stakeholders. Although the formal upward reporting structure will change over time, it is important that key relationships with the GMs Planning and Funding and Maori Health continue to be maintained and enhanced. The Midland regional forums have changed to align to managed networks.

The lead Midland CE is Nick Saville-Wood and Phyllis Tangitu, Lakes DHB General Manager Maori Health - click here to view their profiles.

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The Mental Health & Addiction Team

Eseta Nonu-Reid - MH&A Regional Director

E ReidEseta Nonu-Reid has a background in mental health nursing with postgraduate studies in Psycho-gerontology and Forensic psychiatry.  Eseta brings extensive experience in the mental health and addiction field providing leadership and management in DHB mental health and addiction, Pacific Peoples mental health, NGO and Iwi service development, partnership and models of care.  Eseta is based in Rotorua.

Eseta brings to the role a strong commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, the principals of Recovery and creative and innovative service delivery that improves health outcomes for people.

Eseta can be contacted at Eseta.Nonu-Reid@healthshare.co.nz

Akatu Marsters - MH&A Business Support Coordinator

A MarstersKo Te Arawa te waka, Ko Pohaturoa ko Tuturu nga maunga, Ko Puarenga te awa, Ko Tuhourangi, Ngati Wahiao nga hapu, Ko Te Pakira ko Te Arai te Tonga nga marae,  Ko Akatu Marsters ahau.

With 10 years experience in the Tourism Industry, Akatu was introduced to the Health Sector when she accepted a temporary position with the Midland Mental Health & Addiction team in 2008.  In December 2008 she joined the HPV Immunisation Team as PA/Administrator to provide administrative support & accompany the nursing team in schools.

Akatu is of Cook Island & NZ Maori descent and is married to John from Aitutaki, Cook Islands - they share three children and a grandson, they are based in her hometown of Rotorua.

Akatu can be contacted at Akatu.Marsters@healthshare.co.nz

Sally Whitelaw - MH&A Workforce & Information Planning Lead


Sally is a DAPAANZ Registered Addiction Practitioner who started her career in the Addiction field working in a residential treatment facility in the Northern Territory, Australia. Sally moved from Australia to New Zealand in 2008 and since then has worked in Tauranga for the Salvation Army Addiction Service and just recently at her last appointment with the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. Sally was the Clinical Team Leader at the BOP Addiction Service and prior to this worked as the Addiction Service Clinical Lead where she first became involved in the Midland Addiction Leadership Network.

Sally recognises and celebrates the achievements of harm reduction in New Zealand and accepts the challenge to further lead and support harm reduction models of care.

Sally can be contacted at Sally.Whitelaw@heathshare.co.nz