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

Michelle Brewerton

Project lead

Sarah Bruce

Programme coordinator

Tanya Cook

PA and administrator

Ashley Koning

Project lead, Matua Raki

Rae Lamb

Chief executive

Rhonda Robertson

Peer project lead

Fraser Todd

Senior clinical advisor, Matua Raki

John Vogenthaler

Principal advisor, disability

Will Ward

National manager – leadership and system change


You can get in touch with our people directly, call our office on 04 381 6470, or send general enquiries to

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 Katy Ritchie.



04 381 6470

Postal address

P.O. Box 7443
Wellington South 6242
New Zealand

Physical address

Level 2
181 Thorndon Quay
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

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