The Mental Health & Addiction regional networks are accountable to the five DHBs through the Te Manawa Taki Mental Health & Addiction Regional Network (MH&A Director) to provide strategic advice and support to key strategic developments at a national and regional level.  These networks are the mandated voice of the Te Manawa Taki region mental health and addiction network and are responsible for consulting widely with their local networks to ensure that the advice and support provided accurately reflects the sector that they represent.

The Regional Network has established and maintain several regional leadership networks.  Several of the regional networks have been established since 2001.  Over the years the forums have evolved from networking stakeholder forums to informational forums and have now evolved into managed networks. 


Strategic Leadership Networks

Addiction Advisory Network - Established in November 2009 to provide advice and leadership in the area of alcohol and other drugs. This network meets four times a year.

Consumer & Whanau Advisory Network - Nga Kõpara o te Rito - 2018 brought the amalgamation of the consumer and whanau leadership networks, He Tipuana Nga Kakano and Te Ao Whanau. Combining both groups will allow a broader conversation to occur.  The regional network team recognises the need for both groups to have time to process advice from their own perspectives and will ensure opportunities are created to allow this to happen. 

Maori Advisory Network - Te Huinga o Nga Pou Hauora - Established early in 2001 this networks meets four times a year.  This network recognises the need of equity for Maori and bring robust and clear perspectives from each rohe, hapū and iwi to ensure the needs of Maori are being met.

Mental Health & Addiction Portfolio Managers Network - Formed in 2005 meets four times a year and teleconferences as the need arises to provide support and operationalise activity across the region.

Workforce Leadership Network - This group was formed in January 2009 to provide regional strategic leadership and a mandated voice at a regional level for workforce initiatives that has a regional focus, a mental health & addiction specialty, linked to National workforce centre's to Health Workforce NZ directions.

Clinical Governance Network - A forum of clinical leadership from across the region mental health and addiction sector. Established in 2004 this forum has recently changed following a Clinical Governance project to ensure that it is more responsive to the current health environment. This network meets monthly, face to face every three months and teleconferences in between.

Midland Portfolio Mangers Network - This network is represented by seven portfolio managers across the five Te Manwa Taki DHBs holding both Mental Health & Addiction portfolio's.  This group meetings quarterly for face to face meetings and teleconferences every alternative month.