Matua Raḵi

Supporting the addiction workforce.

Who we are

We are the national centre for addiction workforce development in New Zealand. We work with organisations and people across the country and around the world to support the addiction workforce minimise addiction-related harm.

We partner with sector groups – such as National Committee for Addiction Treatment (NCAT), Addiction Practitioners' Association Aotearoa-New Zealand (dapaanz), NZ Drug Foundation – DHB and NGO service providers, training and education providers, and researchers and experts. 

Supporting innovation

Matua Raḵi supports innovation and works towards evidence-based workforce development solutions through a broad range of activities such as policy development, training programmes, boosting sector relationships and networking, resource development, research and competency development.

We develop effective training initiatives, work with high levels of cultural competency (Māori and Pacific) and place a strong emphasis on consumer involvement.

Our vision

Our dedicated group of passionate people are committed to developing the addiction workforce.

Our vision is for a highly skilled, confident and competent workforce which, supported by a sound infrastructure, will provide accessible and effective services which minimise addiction-related harm and improve health for people with addiction problems and their families and whānau. 

Our name

The name Matua Raḵi symbolises the characteristics of the addiction treatment sector and those within it. During a consultation process with the sector, facilitated by Takarangi Metekingi, the characteristics of "passion, commitment and excellence" were heard often when describing the sector. A number of people talked about the journey of Tāne to the heavens for knowledge. To achieve this he needed passion and commitment. On attaining the highest heaven Tāne received the baskets of knowledge and the mauri stones. 

Thus the name Matua Raḵi as the 'highest heaven' symbolises the passion, commitment and striving for excellence that characterise those working in the sector. The underscored k (to denote the Kāti Māmoe dialect) also recognises the original location of the programme in the South Island. 

Our people

Klare Braye

Project leader, Matua Raḵi

Vanessa Caldwell

National manager, Matua Raḵi

Saveatama Eroni Clarke

Pacific addictions workforce coordinator

Tanya Cook

Personal assistant, Matua Raḵi

Ashley Koning

Project leader, Matua Raki

Suzy Morrison

Consumer project lead, Matua Raḵi

Anna Nelson

Programme lead, Matua Raḵi

Patricia Rainey

Training and events lead, Matua Raḵi

Fraser Todd

Senior clinical advisor, Matua Raki

Contact

You can get in touch with our people directly, or send general enquiries to administrator@matuaraki.org.nz.

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest initiatives, programmes, news and views from the addiction sector.

For all media enquiries contact Tamsin Webb at tamsin.webb@wisegroup.co.nz or 021 885 668.


Wellington

Telephone

04 381 6470

Facsimile

04 238 2016

Postal address

PO Box 6169
Marion Square
Wellington 6141
New Zealand

Physical address

Level 3, 147 Tory Street
Te Aro
Wellington
New Zealand