Workshop facilitators

Our people bring diverse skills, cultures and life experiences.

  • Roger Haenga

    Facilitator - MH101® and Addiction 101

    Whaia e koe te iti kahurangi, kei te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei.

    Pursue your aspirations and bow only to an insurmountable mountain.

    I am truly fortunate to have lived the life I’ve lived, and celebrate having soared, and crashed, with equal vigour.

    I appreciate the value that my most dire experiences bring to my today and my tomorrow.  Especially my lived experience of long-term homelessness, mental and physical health challenges and substance abuse.  More importantly my experience of recovery.

    Having personally lived through these made working on the frontline in community mental health, addiction and homelessness settings really rewarding.

    Currently, I’m on an intense and exciting pathway towards becoming a certified Rongoā Māori practitioner.  A very new and different journey for me.

    I feel fortunate to be involved with what Blueprint for Learning does, and this opportunity to continue to contribute to something that empowers others, to support others, towards recovery. 

  • Shelly Reet

    Facilitator - MH101®

    MSc Mental Health Studies, Post Grad D.M.S., R.P.N.

    Originally from the UK, Shelly’s passion for mental health began in her early teens and has extended through to over 35+ years’ experience in the health and social services sector. She has worked in varying clinical, managerial and education-based roles in the UK and Australasia, as well as working independently as a consultant, supervisor and facilitator.

    Shelly adopted Aotearoa as her home in 2000 and raised her three amazing young people here. She is the proud ‘parent’ of a very large canine (often easier to manage than the young people!).

    She has facilitated numerous mental health and wellbeing learning programmes, including suicide mitigation/prevention, mental health awareness, stress management, mindfulness, self-care, relapse prevention.

    Shelly is known for her passion for mental wellbeing and advocacy of people-focussed service design and delivery. She excels in motivating and developing those she works alongside, expanding her own knowledge base and insights as a result. She is a creative, fun facilitator and storyteller with a positive can-do outlook. 

    Her academic qualifications include Master of Science in Mental Health (Kings College London), Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Thames Valley University London), Advanced Certificate in Adult Education (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa) and a variety of qualifications in the areas of counselling, facilitating and supervising. She is a registered member of the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

    In her spare time, Shelly loves exploring Aotearoa, plays and dances in Wellington Batucada (Brazilian Samba), and is a keen supporter of the Arts, including performing in amateur theatre. She serves on the board of Pablos Art Studio and is currently the co-chair of the board of Wellington Women's Refuge.

  • Shona

    Shona McNeil

    Facilitator - MH101®

    I'm originally from bonnie Scotland having moved here with my husband in 2011. Scots and Māori have lots in common and I value what I've learnt from tangata whenua about holistic wellbeing and the importance of tūrangawaewae, especially being so far from 'home', and try to incorporate these as a Blueprint Facilitator. 

    My background is in the arts where I combined my love of theatre with a passion for stimulating creativity and wellbeing with all ages and abilities.  I use creative skills such as sand tray in my practice as a counsellor with Abuse & Rape Crisis in Manawatū.  

    For self care, I love the garden, walking on the beach with our dogs, and singing traditional African American spirituals.


    Shreya Rao

    Facilitator - MH101®

    Kia ora tātou 
    Ko Puketāpapa te maunga 
    Ko Manukau te moana 
    Nō Tāmaki Makaurau ahau
    Ko Shreya tōku ingoa

     I began working in the advocacy space in 2012. I was passionate about youth mental health and wanted to see a change. My advocacy took me into clinical services, onto governance boards, and on various panels at conferences. I advocated for youth friendly services, services that catered to our Asian youth, and focused energy on prevention. During this time, I also gained conjoint degrees in Public Health and Science (Psychology). 

    My proudest achievements are the young people I mentored through programmes with the Mental Health Foundation and Changing Minds. Our young people have spoken at schools, showcased art and poetry, and shared their stories on tv. It gives me great pride to see these rangatahi continue to champion the kaupapa our forebearers began. 

  • Shubhangi Kaushik

    Facilitator - MH101®

    As a registered psychologist, I am interested in organisational change and how and why people adapt to and embrace change. I view working with organisations as low hanging fruit to increase awareness of mental wellbeing and build a positive workplace culture, therefore creating a wider impact in peoples lives.

    In my professional life, I have worked across different verticals of the non-government and government mental health sector, both at a strategic and grass-roots level, providing consultation on strategic vision, service design, development, implementation and delivery, and project and change management.

    Much of my working career has involved facilitation in some way, shape or form. I see it as a way to equip others with the tools they need to understand mental well-being, supporting early intervention. I also see it as a great learning opportunity for myself, meeting new people and fostering positive discussions on important topics, while developing new perspectives.

  • Sialei

    Sialei Anamani

    Facilitator - MH101®

    My name is Sialei Anamani and I have been a passionate facilitator of the MH101 programme since 2013. My background is in programme delivery, development, coaching and mentoring, and of course adult education and facilitation.

    I have a real interest in trauma informed research and care and believe this field is going to start changing our mental health system in the years to come. It's an honour to be able to deliver a programme that touches people's lives in a real way and encourages positive change.

    I get to be a part of this every day I go to work, walking alongside people as they look at their wellbeing and learn about ways to support themselves and others - a true blessing!

    Outside of my work with MH101, I am a mother of a gorgeous four-year-old boy, and care for my own wellbeing by ensuring I have balance by exploring creative endeavours, writing music, sport and staying connected with family and friends. 

  • Simmi Singh-Parmar

    Facilitator - MH101®

    Kia ora koutou,

    My name is Simmi.  I am a registered nurse and from the beginning of my training have been drawn to the mental health and addiction field, where I have been working in various areas/ roles for the last 15 years. 

    I have always had a passion for learning and supporting others and I have been fortunate that my nursing career has always incorporated these elements.

    It is a privilege to be a part of the Blueprint for Learning team and supporting MH101 workshops.  I am excited to be a part of an era where mental health and mental wellness, is becoming more widely discussed and taking centre stage within everyday life. 

  • Erica

    Sophie Ward

    Facilitator - Addiction 101

    I have worked in mental health and addiction for the past year, working in peer support and advocacy.  

    Having had my own lived experience with addiction and recovery I look forward to facilitating the Addiction 101 workshops, and to walk alongside people in their journey to wellbeing and recovery.  

    I live in the beautiful Nelson region with my partner and our four glorious children. 

  • Steve Carter

    Facilitator - MH101®

    After graduating with an Honours degree in Business Law, I have built up 30 years of experience in community development and social justice across various roles in the UK and Aotearoa/NZ. For 10 years, I was a Mental Health Promoter with the Mental Health Foundation, working on the Like Minds, Like Mine and Five Ways To Wellbeing campaigns and I was also part of the team that set up the All Right? campaign following the Christchurch earthquakes.

    I am excited to be part of the MH101® team as I love to use my skills and knowledge to help promote open dialogue and understanding about mental health and wellbeing in our communities. I identify as tangata whaiora and I am passionate about using my personal lived experience to help others develop confidence when talking about recovery.

    I am also a musician and writer, a permaculturist, and my superpower is T’ai Chi.

  • Suzy

    Suzy Morrison


    Facilitator - Addiction 101

    I was born in Kaitangata and raised in Milton. I have two daughters and three grandchildren and I’ve lived in Auckland for 40+ years.

    I’ve been working in the addiction sector in both residential and community settings for more than 20 years, latterly in an addiction workforce development role. I’m proud to be part of Addiction 101.

    It’s a person-centered and interactive workshop which reduces stigma for people and their family and whānau. We are all learning together.

  • Erica

    Tessa Belich

    Facilitator - MH101®

    Kia ora, I’m Tessa.

    I have been involved in the mental health space for more than five years, working in facilitation and support. I am also a student in psychology at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington. I love facilitation because it is an opportunity to start conversations that can brighten days and change lives. I am excited to work with such a competent and compassionate team. 

  • Tony Gomez

    Facilitator - MH101® and Addiction 101

    Anthony (Tony) Gomez is a critical care and trauma nurse by profession and is now in the mental health and addictions field. A Certified Global Nurse Consultant under the International Council of Nurses and CGFNS International, he is from the Philippines where he finished his bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees in Nursing, emigrated to Australia, worked in six different countries, and now lives in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

    He completed his postgraduate degree in mental health at AUT, certificate degree in criminal justice at the University of Canterbury, a certificate in adult and tertiary teaching, a certificate in assessment practice and diploma in psychology from Open Polytechnic of NZ, a degree in forensic science in Australia (Sydney) and a DAPAANZ registered practitioner. Tony is doing his doctoral degree in health at Victoria University with mental health as the core focus of his research and finished his Tikanga ā-Rongoā training and studies under Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

    Tony is the Primary Mental Health and Addictions Leader of Mahitahi Hauora, providing primary health care to the people of Te Tai Tokerau - Northland and Far North District. He is also part of Te Tumu Waiora, a government and Ministry of Health national initiative delivering an innovative new model of care for general practice, giving people easy, equitable and prompt access to local mental health and well-being support. As a Behavioural Health Consultant/Health Improvement Practitioner, Tony is in general practice to see all patients’ presentations, including physical health and all ages.

  • Dr Wayne Duncan

    Facilitator - MH101®

    Kia ora 

    Most know me as a person who enjoys nothing more than being with people, sharing ideas and experiences as we grow together. This is possibly why I have a passion for education, psychology, social research and a range of other interests involving people and new experiences.  Combined with being involved in teaching, school management, project management, consultancy and research, I also completed my Masters in Educational Psychology and a Doctorate in an area of special social importance, that of Empathy.  

    For me, however, true wisdom comes from the merging of knowledge and experience.  As such I believe I am fortunate to view mental health through a range of lenses, those of knowledge, personal experience, and helping others with mental health issues.  As part of MH101® I will relish the opportunity to share my perspectives looking through those lenses and also learning from yours. You may even find meeting me interesting, as I am also known as a bit of a laugh!

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Covid-19 Update

Under the Orange setting, we do not require a vaccine pass to attend in-person workshops. Participants are encouraged to wear a face mask when attending an in-person workshop, and physical distancing will be maintained. Online workshops continue to be available.