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Ashley Bloomfield - Opening Address

Dr Bloomfield qualified in medicine at the University of Auckland in 1990 and after several years of clinical work specialised in public health medicine. His particular area of professional interest is non-communicable disease prevention and control, and he spent 2011 at the World Health Organization in Geneva working on this topic at a global level.

Dr Bloomfield was Chief Executive at Hutt Valley District Health Board from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership roles within the Ministry of Health.

Ashley Bloomfield

Dr Hinemoa Elder

Dr Hinemoa Elder is of Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi descent. She is a fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has been a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for more than 10 years. 

Dr Elder is the Professor of Indigenous Health Research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She was the recipient of the Eru Pomare Post Doctoral Fellow, Health Research Council of New Zealand 2014-2018. Hinemoa is the Māori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for the Ageing Brain.
He kuaka marangaranga, kotahi mahu I tau ki te tahuna, tau atu, tau atu.

Dr Hinemoa Elder, MBChB, FRANZCP, PhD, MNZM

Member of Prime Minister’s Science Advisor’s Cannabis Panel

Cannabis for recreational use by adults has been legalised in several parts of the world in recent years. Cannabis use has also been decriminalised in a number of jurisdictions. New Zealand has a pending referendum on the legalisation of cannabis in 2020 at the same time as the general election.

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Hinemoa Elder

Laura Porter 

For nearly two decades, Laura Porter directed a statewide family-community-state partnership that successfully implemented ACE Study concepts in Washington State. In partnership with over 30 communities and nine Tribes, she developed a model for increasing the capacity of communities to prevent ACEs and their effects. Stunning success from the model, including reduction in the rates of major social and health problems, are document in peer reviewed journals, an article titled “Self-Healing Communities,” published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in the documentary “Resilience” by KPJR Films.

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The Magnitude of the Solution  Preventing Adverse Childhood Experience

When Culture Heals  Creating Self-Healing Communities 

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Laura Porter

Deborah Peterson Small

Deborah Peterson Small is a lawyer and social justice activist, Her political education and social activism began early. Soon after graduating high school she went to work for a national youth voter registration organisation and organised the first state-wide voter registration campaign on the campusers of the State University of New York. She holds Law and Public Policy degrees from Harvard University.

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What does it take to challenge a racist criminal justice system

“There’s never been a drug law that wasn’t tied to race.” - asha bandele organiser, author of When they Call you a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

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Deborah Peterson Small

Ngāti Whātua Presentation

Presented by Tama Davis and Maraea Robb

Titiro, whakarongo, kokiri whakamua, look back and reflect so you can look forward.

Aotearoa history conveys two sides of intergenerational trauma upon Māori. In one respect it conveys the repression of Tangata Whenua and denigration of our taonga (treasures). The over representation of Tangata Māori in our statistics is indicative of the trauma and oppression upon our people. However, our history also conveys the mana and strength of Tangata Māori to live out our unique Tino Rangatiratanga (Absolute sovereignty).

‘E Tu’ (stand) incorporates two concepts. The first concept arises from the occupation at Bastion Point Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei. The second incorporates a pathway of healing ‘heal me, heal life, heal others’ (Warren, 2017). ‘E Tu’ acknowledges ‘te mana kei roto I a mātou, kia tu!’ (the power within us to stand!) which exemplifies the mana within us to overcome intergenerational and personal trauma.

Maraea Robb

Maraea Robb is of Ngāti Whātua, Tainui, Te Arawa, Ngā Puhi and Te Iwi Tapu decent. Maraea was born and raised in Ōrākei where, wairuatanga and Māoritanga are the centre of her papakainga.

Maraea comes from a whānau of strong Māori leaders who led the occupation at Bastion Point. Her whānau continue to stand for Māori rights in many different ways. Coming from a whānau of composers, music is something that resonates through her blood.

Currently Maraea is a Senior Clinician for Ease up, situated in the Tāmaki area. Maraea works with Rangatahi whose lives are impacted by Alcohol and other Drugs.

Maraea has worked as an AOD practitioner and Junior Cultural Advisor at Odyssey House. Her background is in Bi-cultural Social Work and Supervision, which gives her a distinctive edge when working with Tangata Whaiora.

Voluntarily Maraea facilitates a ministry called Legacy, which strengthens women through a process of healing to claim their unique identity and potential in life.

Maraea has her own personal journey with trauma, drugs and mental health.  She uses her story to strengthen others through their struggles in life. Maraea believes that her greatest assets are faith, identity and purpose. She is a proud mum of one and acknowledges her son as being her reason for change.

Maraea Robb

William (Tama) Davis

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā rau rangatira mā tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko ngā maunga whakahī o Tāmaki ōku maunga hei purea ai, Mahuhu ki te Rangi rāua ko Tainui ōku waka, Waikato te awa – “He piko he Taniwha”, te Manukanuka o Hoturoa rātou ko, te Wai o te Mata, te Kaipara ōku moana – “Hei huru hapai”.

Puatahi ki Ngāti Hine rātou ko, Rewiti, Ōrākei, Werewere, Nukuhou ōku Marae.

Ko Ngāti whātua, Waikato, Ngāti Tuwharetoa ōku Iwi.

Ko William Tamakehu Davis tēnei.

My name is William (Tama) Davis and I have tribal affiliations to Ngāti Whātua, Waikato and Ngāti Tūwharetoa. My academic background includes Indigenous and Health Studies. I graduated from the University of Auckland with a postgraduate diploma in Māori Business Development.  My interests are rooted in respecting and valuing Māori worldview, Māori concepts and frameworks of service delivery, and I am passionate about equity and advancing the indigenous contribution to health outcomes across the board. For the last 20 years I have worked within the NGOs sector and DHB in the mental wellbeing and addictions services. My current roles include: Director – Board of Directors Whai Maia Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Board member for Supporting Families Auckland, Director at AHIKĀROA ENTERPRISES Ltd., Mana Whenua Chair - Iwi representative for Auckland Council Te Kete Rukuruku and Place Naming project, Māori Advisor Comprehensive Care PHO, Board Chair Freemans Bay School

Tama Davis

Professor Doug Sellman

MBChB, PhD, FRANZCP, FAChAM, is a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist who has been working in the addiction treatment field in New Zealand since 1985. He was the inaugural Director of the National Addiction Centre (NAC), University of Otago, Christchurch, from 1996-2017 and has held a Personal Chair in Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine within the University since 2005. His main work focus is alcohol and food from addiction and public health advocacy perspectives. He is one of the medical spokespeople for Alcohol Action NZ.


John Dobson was a pioneering psychiatrist in New Zealand who specialised in Addiction Medicine. He was an inspiring leader and mentor, as well as a friend and supportive colleague to many of us, particularly in Christchurch. He brought both a strong combination of both empathy and scientific rigor to his clinical work and showed real courage in public advocacy about contentious issues.  

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Professor Doug Sellman

Dr Karlo Mila 

MNZM, is of Tongan (Kolofo'ou, Ofu) and Palangi descent.  Her career, research and poetry has consistently focused on the identity and wellbeing of New Zealand born Pacific peoples.  She developed an indigenous-knowledge based intervention called Mana Moana targeted at this population.  This is now a leadership programme.  Karlo has won multiple awards for poetry, including best first book, a Fulbright residency and the CNZ contemporary Pacific artist award.  She juggles creative work, research and leadership training.  Last year she wrote the Pacific mental health and addictions inquiry report.  She lives in Auckland with her three sons.


Mana Moana: A Return to the Memory of Wholeness

Mana moana is based on five years of postdoctoral research that engages with ancestral knowledge, stories, language, proverbs, archetypes, learning narratives that teach us about how to be healthy in the world and understand our place within it. The aim of this research was to develop a mental health intervention for Pasifika peoples.  The fundamental guiding question was: "What is healing in a Pasifika mental health context?"

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Karlo Mila

Mahi a Atua – a Way of Being

Presented by Mark Kopua - Tohunga and Matiu Pennell - Registered SW

The Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction – Oranga Tāngata, Oranga Whānau 2018 Report, highlighted the persistent inequitable outcomes for Māori with cultural competence gaps in services and the severe capacity problems within the workforce. This presentation explores how “Mahi a Atua” as a way of being can support the development of a culturally competent workforce where practitioners grow as Mataora (change agents) and value self-development and accountability.

Mark Kopua – Tohunga

Iwi: Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Ira and Ngāti Porou  

Mark was raised in Mangatuna, by his old people and is renowned for his expertise as a master carver and in the art of tā moko (traditional Māori tattoo). He currently holds the position as Tohunga for Te Kūwatawata - a ground breaking Māori designed mainstream mental health service.  As a keeper of ancient Māori knowledge and whakapapa (genealogy) Mark’s approach to healing is celebrated by communities, as he shares his unique skills in storytelling. Mark with his wife Diana Kopua (Ngāti Porou-Psychiatrist) have founded ‘Te Kurahuna’ - a whare wānanga (training institute) where practitioners learn indigenous knowledge in a unique and authentic way, including Mahi a Atua.

Mark Kopua

Matiu Pennell – Registered SW

Iwi: Te Whakatohea and Ngāti Rua Pani ki Rongowhakaata 

After growing up in Wellington and living in both Australia and England, Matiu returned to Te Tairawhiti (East Coast of the North Island) to be with whānau. His journey as a Social Worker has led him to work within the team at Te Kūwatawata where he has experienced Mahi a Atua wānanga since 2016. In his role as a Mataora (change agent) Matiu embraces cultural narratives as a valid approach to facilitating healing with whānau which has deepened his critical lens and strengthened his practice.

Matiu Pennell

Elizabeth Elliott

Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney; Consultant Paediatrician,  Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney; and Practitioner Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Elizabeth Elliott AM FAHMS FRSN is Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney University; Paediatrician, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network; NHMRC Practitioner Fellow; and Fellow, Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of NSW. She’s involved in clinical services, research, advocacy and policy regarding FASD: she chaired the National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Technical Network to advise the Australian Department of Health, heads the NSW FASD assessment clinic, and is Co-Director of FASD Research Australia, the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence. She jointly led development of the Australian Guide to FASD diagnosis, the national FASD Hub (website) and FASD Register.


FASD is an acquired brain injury caused by prenatal alcohol exposure and characterised by severe neurodevelopmental impairment with lifelong consequences. Over two decades there has been enormous progress in recognition of FASD as a significant but preventable public health problem in Australia. Research has guided clinical practice and policy, the key being a national collaborative approach involving clinicians, researchers, parent support groups, Indigenous communities and NGOs – and funding from Australian and State governments and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

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Saturday Workshop Abstract

In 2008 Aboriginal women from Fitzroy Valley, Western Australia fought for to prevent take-away sale of all but low strength beer. Restrictions decreased alcohol consumption, alcohol-related admissions and injuries. This journey was captured in the film Yajilarra.

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Elizabeth Elliott

Richie Hardcore - dinner speaker

As a keynote presenter and educator, Richie has spoken throughout Australasia on topics that most find difficult to discuss. He does so with ease, grace and humour making the interrelated themes of sexual and family violence prevention, masculinity and pornography easier to digest and relatable to all. 

He is a former community alcohol and drug worker, and also often presents to audiences on his lived and professional experience around mental health, alcohol and other drugs.

Richie aims to discuss and provide critical understandings of a culture embedded with unhealthy ideas and beliefs around sex, consent and gender equity. To this end, Richie works as a private educator, as well as working for White Ribbon New Zealand; New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development; and as group facilitator with men who are in a court ordered anti-violence program. 

Richie works with maximum security prisoners, has spoken in New Zealand Parliament; presented to countless businesses and not-for-profit organisations; but it is in schools and universities the he believes he has the most impact. He is regularly called upon to give mainstream media commentary on these issues as a guest commentator on New Zealand mainstream television and radio.


Richie Hardcore

saturday workshops

Marilyn Bradford

LCSW, M.Ed. is a clinical social worker in private practice and founder of Right Recovery For You. With over twenty five years experience with recovery, Marilyn works with both addicted individuals and those affected by addiction. She is a consultant to other therapists who have questions concerning the treatment of addiction as well as the management of and treatment of dual diagnosis and trauma. Marilyn facilitates tele-classes, in person classes, and private sessions dealing with all ways that people limit themselves and their futures. She has presented workshops and trainings both nationally and internationally. 


From Judgement to Empowerment: Moving Beyond the Legacies of Addiction and Trauma.

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Marilyn Bradford

Andrea Dempsey
NZROT BHScOT MHSc(Hons). Andrea has worked as an occupational therapist in the mental health sector for 15 years and is the current professional leader for mental health at Waitemata DHB. Andrea is recognised for her work in staff safety and wellbeing, sensory modulation and trauma informed care. Her focus is on building a competent allied health workforce and expanding the capability of services to support our people and communities. Andrea’s clinical practice area is working with adults experiencing severe and complex mental distress using occupation and participation to support wellbeing.
Sensory Modulation: simplicity and complexity
Many people have difficulty regulating their neural response to their sensory environment, particularly those who have faced adverse childhood experiences. Sensory modulationis an evidence based approach that provides simple and complex strategies to both cope with distress and anxiety, and to support people to perticipate in meaningful activity and life roles. Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of why they should consider this person centred approach, how it fits alongside current treatments and therapies, and the active role whanau and supports can play in creating a safe environment for their loved one.
Andrea Dempsey

Laura Porter 

For nearly two decades, Laura Porter directed a statewide family-community-state partnership that successfully implemented ACE Study concepts in Washington State. In partnership with over 30 communities and nine Tribes, she developed a model for increasing the capacity of communities to prevent ACEs and their effects. Stunning success from the model, including reduction in the rates of major social and health problems, are document in peer reviewed journals, an article titled “Self-Healing Communities,” published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in the documentary “Resilience” by KPJR Films.

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Leading Transformative Solutions in Self-Healing Communities

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P.I.M.P My Whare - (Pūrakau Inspires and Motivates People)

Turou Hawaiki Consultancy
Mr Aaryn Hulme-Niuapu, Ngati Whakaue, Mataora, Co-Director
Mr Kahurangi Fergusson-Tibble, Ngati Porou, Mataora, Co-Director (pictured)

Does your whare need some color?

Do you want your whare to shout out, this is me?

Haven’t you always wanted to knock that wall out?

Well, Turou Hawaiki is here to help you renovate, re-imagine, re-engage and “P.I.M.P. My Whare.”

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P.I.M.P My Whare