I am Pākehā, born and raised in Te Whanganui a Tara. I now live in Tāmaki Makaurau with my two daughters (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou, Ngati Hau). I am employed as a supervisor by Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Waitemata. I work with a team at Community Alcohol and Drug Service (CADS) Auckland.
I have been involved in the field of addiction and mental health for 11 years, having previously worked for Salvation Army, CARENZ and Aotearoa Lifeline. I hold professional registration with DAPAANZ, the body which represents addiction practitioners in New Zealand.
In another life, I worked as a lawyer for 12 years, specialising in family law, including experience in the role of lawyer for child. I continue to be a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
On a personal level, I have recovered from addiction. I have maintained abstinence from all substances, including alcohol, for 12 years.
I feel excited and humbled to have the opportunity of facilitating the awesome programme, Addiction 101 to communities and stakeholders within Aotearoa.