Te Ara Tauwhirotanga Implementation Advisory Group

The Te Ara Tauwhirotanga implementation advisory group has been convened to guide the  work with tangata whaiora and providers hard at work providing input into the implementation phase.


Pictured at right is the 2021 TAT Implementation Group; Left- Wi Te Tau Huata & Jordy Bealing (Link People), Kylee Douglas (Community Rep), Stuart Burns (Community Rep) Amy Wharewera (Past Project Coordinator), Michael O’Connell (Principle Advisor MHA&W), Aaron Carey (Ember), Jackie Later & Johnny Mihinui (ARC Taupo), Johnette Callaghan, Aroha Morgan (Iwi Reps).
Not pictured: Tepora Apirana (Lifewise), Rebecca Ripia (TAT Programme Manager) Sheree McKenzie (Grandparents Raising Children), Janet Bland (RAPHS), Joanna Price (Lakes DHB), Erina Morrison (Emerge), Tepora Apirana (Lifewise), Adelaide Te Are (MHSOP Lakes DHB).

The Te Ara Tauwhirotanga Advisory Group is made up of a broad range of individuals that bring a unique and valuable set of skills and perspectives to the redevelopment of mental health and addiction services in Lakes DHB.

The Te Ara Tauwhirotanga Advisory Group is responsible for ensuring all projects, service changes and other initiatives adhere to and reflect the aspirations, principles and themes of the final model of care that was developed during the consultation process held throughout 2018. 

2019 Implementation Group Pictured L – R: Wi Huata (Link People), Dan McLean (arc Counselling), Aroha Morgan (Te Roopu Hauora o Te Arawa), Michael O’Connell (MH&A Portfolio Manager, Lakes DHB), Ben Hingston (Project Manager, Lakes DHB), Sheree McKenzie (Grandparents Raising Grandchildren), Kylee Douglas (Community Rep.), Darren Malone (Lakes DHB Psychiatrist). Absent: Johnette Callaghan (Community Rep.), Stuart Burns (Lakes DHB Board Member and whanau with lived experience), Sarah Barkley (Primary Care Rep.) 

The first meeting of the Advisory Group was held in February 2019 with attendees excited and passionate about the work ahead. Implementation of the new model of care requires strong leadership and innovative thinkers who are not afraid to take a different approach.

The Te Ara Tauwhirotanga steering group meets monthly.