Midland Addiction Leadership Network 

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Addiction Leadership Members

Sally Whitelaw - Co Chair of Addiction Leadership Network, Bay of Plenty

Sally WhitelawSally 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 for the past 9 years at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. Sally is the Clinical Team Leader at the BOP Addiction Service and prior to this worked as the Addiction Service Clinical Lead for 3 years 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.

As the Chair of this network my expectation from stakeholders of this group are:

  • Support better outcomes for family whānau
  • Supporting regional mental health and addiction planning
  • Supporting the achievement of health targets and policy priorities
  • Linking to national and regional groups and networks and enhance regional thinking.
  • Leading and/or supporting the development of nationally consistent approaches to mental health and addiction
  • Reducing inequalities in mental health and addiction outcomes
  • Bring and take back information to local Addictions Advisory

Favourite "words of wisdom"

I would draw on the family values passed down to me of "treating others as you wish to be treated and be kind to one another". 

Sarah Barkley - Nurse Practitioner, Lakes
S BarkleyCredentials:  Masters of Health Sciences, endorsed in Addiction & Mental Health

Sector Linkages:

  • Midland Regional OST Network
  • Various workshop groups
  • Expert reference group for Lakes DHB MH&A Service

Profile & Skills:

am a Nurse Practitioner based at Lakes DHB, where I provide clinical leadership and expertise to the Lakes Opioid Treatment Service and the Specialist Addiction service. I have worked in this area for 9 years after 18 years in adult acute mental health, primarily crisis and inpatient work, both in New Zealand and overseas.

I became ‘hooked’ soon after discovering the world of addiction which prompted further study. I completed a Masters in Health Sciences, endorsed in mental health and addictions in 2015. In August 2016 I was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner. I am now an authorised prescriber for OST/ controlled drugs.

I am a Duly Authorised Officer and Approved Specialist for SACAT and will also provide cover for the Area Director of Addictions.

I am an advocate for people with substance use disorders and practices in a manner that is client centred and holistic, maintaining the individual and their wellbeing at the fore. She has been an active member of NAOTP for 7 years, participates in a number of national groups, nursing forum at regional and national level and is often called upon to speak at national nursing and addiction focused events, alongside the provision of education regarding co-existing disorders.

Rachel Haswell - Operations Manager, Odyssey House

Credentials: Bachelor Applied Social Work

Linkages & Networks

  • Waikato AOD Forum
  • NZ Drug Foundation - Whole School Approach Pilot
  • Addiction Leadership Forums - Odyssey Auckland

Profile:  Registered Social Worker that after working in therapeutic programmes has been in management for the past eight years working with youth with complex presentations.  I have been involved with implementing evidenced based programmes across the region working alongside Mental Health clusters and community social services.

I joined Odyssey in July 2016 to lead the implementation of the Hamilton and Surrounds team and develop and support the Leadership Systems & Support to all provider under Youth Intact Model of Care.

Skills:  I have a strategic focus that is always striving to think creatively and passionate about the addictions sector and making a difference for the people we serve.  As part of this journey implementing a new initiative within the Waikato Youth AOD Model of Care has brought about new ways of thinking and supporting people to work in different ways to achieve outcomes.

My key career focus has been rangatahi therefore bring knowledge and experience of the challenges and successes in this space.  I believe that relationships and communication are the drivers to success.  I have contributed to many working groups in the Waikato to enhance service delivery and would be delighted to be part of the Addiction Leadership Network.

Linda Gibson - Clinical Supervisor/AOD Counsellor, Tairawhiti

Linda GibsonCredentials:

  • Supervision Certificate, WELTEC 2005
  • Graduate Diploma Addictions (Level 7), WELTEC 2008
  • PG Dip Business Management, Waikato Uni Business School 2013
  • Whitiwhiti Korero (supervision) 3 days 2012 Pam Armstrong, Auckland
  • CEP 14-15/8/14 Terry Huriwai, Gisborne
  • #705 dapaanz competent practitioner registration current

Linkages / Networks:

Developed broad networks over 25 years from working locally, through the East Coast, in Auckland and Rotorua/Taupo; having attended various Addiction Leadership Days, Cutting Edge Conferences, 2x Healing Our Spirits Worldwide; prior rep on MRWAG etc; in current role being a member of OST Team where have attended NAOTP meetings and MR OST clinical meeting; attended Hui-a-Rohe 18/2/15 Kirikiriroa; appreciated support from Matua Raki via scholarships for past study.


  • Counsellor addressing sexual abuse with Maori women, children and their whanau 1980, Te Parekereke Inc, Gisborne; from that role began training in addictions via CIT, eventually completed Grad Dip Addictions WELTEC;
  • AOD Counsellor Te Atea Marino, WDHB 1998-2005
  • Clinical Supervisor, CADS North WDHB until 2005-2008
  • Clinical Team leader, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Trust, Rotorua 2008-2013
  • Opportunity return home to Gisborne: July 2013 began role as
  • Clinical Supervisor, CMH Addictions Team, Hauora Tairawhiti, Gisborne


  • Alcohol & Other Drug Counsellor with CEP skills and experience
  • Clinical Supervisor oversight for colleagues
  • Clinical Team Leaders skills and experience
  • Understanding of Te Reo Maori, perpetual tauira re conversational reo
  • Networks within Te Ao Maori
Caleb Putt - Youth AOD Coordinator, Bay of Plenty

Caleb PuttCredentials: Bachelor Applied Social Services

Sector Linkages & Networks:

  • Addictions Leadership Meeting (Auckland)
  • National Youth CEP Practitioners Network
  • Bay of Plenty Addictions Network
  • National Youth Reference Groups for Werry Centre Workforce Wharaurau CADHOC

Profile: I am a registered Social Worker of10+ years experienced in Care and Projection, Youth Justice, Disability and now Youth AOD / CEP sector.  I have been involved in the development and clinical oversight of what is now a nationally recognised 'best practice' youth AOD / CEP service.


  • I am a nationally connected / recognised leader in the Youth AOD / CEP sector
  • I am organised and thorough
  • I have been involved in change management processes
  • I am a resource person for the BOP youth sector at large re Youth AOD / CEP issues.
Terry Huriwai - Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rau Matatini

Terry HuriwaiTerry would like to describe himself as quiet, shy and retiring. Many of those who know him may agree. The humble, compassionate gentleman who sits behind the glasses has supported the addiction sector for many years.                                  

Beginning his career as a probation officer in Christchurch he formalised various roles at Te Rito Arahi, Māori Alcohol and Drug Treatment Service with an iwi secondment in 1994. Since then, Terry has had roles in the National Addiction Centre at the University of Otago, the Ministry of Health, Matua Raki and now manager of the Te Hau Mārire programme within Te Rau Matatini.

Throughout the many roles, Terry has taken every opportunity to share knowledge at local, regional and national levels–to influence and shape practice and service delivery to enhance Māori wellbeing. Many will attest to the multitude of articles, guidelines and intel emailed at random times throughout the day or night.

Terry’s many achievements include publications in gambling, alcohol and other drug and workforce development. He has been involved in the development and implementation of the Takarangi Competency Framework and is a co-author of He Tete Kura, Māori Addiction Treatment:1980-2008. Terry can attest to the many challenges and continued growth in the sector but it is fair to say he has been an active participant in much of the past, current and future history of the addiction treatment sector. 

Terry would say one of his greatest achievements would be to spoil the ‘moko’ without getting caught by the parents.

Maryanne Lee - Problem Gambling Counsellor, Lakes

Maryanne LeeCredentials:

  • Post Graduate Diploma Health Science (specialising in AOD & MH) Auckland University-2014
  • Supervision Certificate – Weltec 2009
  • Certificate of Te Reo Maori – Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Rotorua- 2009
  • Certificate in Historical Sexual Abuse Counselling - – Weltec 2007
  • Certificate in Gambling & Impulse Control – Weltec 2006
  • Bachelor AOD Studies & Counselling- Weltec Wellington- 2005
  • Diploma Counselling– Integrity College- Christchurch - 2000
  • DAPAANZ Reg AOD & Gambling Practitioner and Professional Supervisor – No:200

Sector Linkages:

Currently I’m employed by the National Problem Gambling Foundation Services (PGF). This full-time mahi involves a commitment to Rotorua, establishing networks and counselling. PGF also has an outreach clinic to Tauranga, one day a week.  Recently I have been networking and promoting the service in Rotorua with a PGF health promotion worker. Our aim has been to visit every whanau-inclusive service in the community, This will bring opportunities to establish co-working relationships and provide two-way referral pathways and gambling education to empower Tangata Whaiaora.

 We are also visiting each gaming venue in the district.

I am familiar with services in the region and the MOH‘s most recent plans to improve outcomes.


Over the past 20 years I have worked in variety of settings, with the last 10 years being in the BOP. I recently spent 3years in Australia.

 I enjoy working with Kaupapa Maori NGO’s and especially Rotorua / Tauranga.

I began my career in 1998 and soon discovered my passion for working with co-existing problems. Due to mental health issues within my own family, as a child, I experienced 18-years of addictions’ personally. This led to a desire to share the hope and positive attributes of recovery with others. My aim has been to build my knowledge and skills, through learning from peers and Tangata Whiaora. Over the years I have worked with the Salvation Army, Care NZ, M/H services and other programmes in New Zealand. I have spent a year in the outback of Australia where I worked in AOD & M/H in hospitals and then had a wonderful opportunity setting up a Dual Diagnosis Service in Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia. This included training, networking and supervising students. Since returning to Rotorua in July this year, I have been employed by PGF as a gambling counsellor.


With experience working with addictive behaviours and co-existing problems, I feel gambling is a huge problem which can often be primary and overlooked. I view this current PGF role as an opportunity to use my skills to lessen the stigma attached to all types of gambling and to acknowledge and provide Tangata Whiaora a safe space to receive and achieve their goals.  So far 18 Tangata Whiaora have self-excluded from venues with others seeking counselling or both.

Currently as Rotorua and Tauranga’s sole counsellor for PGF I am building relationships through a networking plan to reach the community and establish relationships with Tangata Whaiora and other service providers to improve accessibility. This current plan should see PGF further established by the end of this year in view of co-working with other services next year.

 I have also had many years of experience developing and facilitating group-work and I am extremely keen to start a group in Rotorua and possibly Tauranga. I have experienced working with Maori services, and leadership roles in Australia, working in the outback with Indigenous peoples and other cultures, and successfully co-ordinating and growing a service in Australia. (see above, references on request).

David Crawford - Team Leader, Bay of Plenty


  • DAPAANZ Registered Addiction Practitioner

Sector Linkages:

Recently moved to Tauranga and building upon existing linkages and networks that  my team has in the greater BOP region.


DAPAANZ registered practitioner with 20 years experience in the AOD field with majority of this being with youth sector in Auckland.


  • AOD Youth Focussed
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Leadership skills
  • Working collaboratively
Fiona Beale - Operations Manager, Odyssey, Hamilton

Sector Linkages:

I have recently moved to the Waikato and been appointed the role of Operations Manager for Odyssey Youth Intact Waikato, where I have gained the priviledge of leading a passionate youth focussed service that delivers an integrative model of care within school and community setting across the Waikato region for rangatahi and their whanau effected by mental health, addiction and problematic substance use.

  • Addiction Leadership Forums Odyssey Auckland
  • NZ Drug Foundation
  • Tuturu - Whole School Approach Pilot
  • Waikato DHB


Since I qualified as a social worker 20+ years ago, I have experienced an incredibly rewarding career working in the Addiction and Mental Health sector.  Most of my employment journey has been working in clinical management roles within residential treatment settings with whaiora of all age groups, diverse cultures and complexities.

I have also worked in community settings providing assessment and treatment pathways for clients living with addiction in the community and prisoner populations residing in secure residences.

Throughout my career I have worked predominantly with Maori whaiora and  have witnessed the strengthening of wellbeing through cultural participation and connection and have become a strong advocate for the need for more community kaupapa Maori services.

I believe in integrative practice and the strength of teamwork, not only within in the work environment but also in partnership with community networks.


  • Leadership and team development skills
  • Change management processes
  • Strategic planning
  • Cultural collaboration


Other Members are:

  • Pania Hetet - Bay of Plenty
  • Paula Pepper - Taranaki
  • Cathal Cassidy - Lakes
  • Marita Ranclaud - Lakes

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

  • Eseta Nonu-Reid - Midland MH&A Regional Director
  • Akatu Marsters - Midland MH&A Business Support Coordinator
  • Steve Neale - Midland MH&A Workforce Planning Lead
  • Belinda Walker - Midland Information Project Coordinator