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Emma Hunter


Having grown up in Dunedin as tauiwi, I have a strong connection to my tūrangawaewae of Te Wai Pounamu. I feel the sense of kaitiakitanga for this land in which I grew up. I love to connect with my environment by walking the many paths and treks the beautiful South has to offer with my much-loved dogs Buddy, a rescued Bull Mastiff and Ruby, a slightly greedy Labrador!

I believe in a culturally inclusive recovery framework which is grounded in my facilitation approach, one that encourages individual choice, empowerment and self-management, enabling people to create new perspectives in shaping the way we see the world. Dismantling barriers to promote inclusion and foster the experience of recovery for all. I am passionate about social justice and equitable outcomes, recognising that people come from different sets of circumstances.

I do a range of roles within the mental health and addiction sector both as a clinician and within lived experience leadership. I am passionate about education and also lecture and contribute to programme development on the Clinical Health Science programme at the Auckland University of Technology.

I am delighted to be part of the Blueprint for Learning facilitator team, surrounded by such special tāngata who each bring their unique wisdom and knowledge to this important mahi. I am continually inspired by the collaborative effort to support and educate others that is shared within Blueprint workshops. I believe knowledge is empowerment and one of the most powerful and inspiring motivators for those seeking wellness is to walk the path of those who have recovered.

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