Danielle McEachen

Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Kāi Tahu

Hailing from Ōtautahi, Christchurch, Danielle McEachen recognised the need for Peer Support in Perinatal Mental Health after the birth of her second child. This prompted her to undergo Intentional Peer Support training, marking her introduction to Thriving Madly —a mutual support community to which she actively contributes through peer support, administration, event planning, and providing support to the community.

Through Thriving Madly, Danielle has undergone numerous trainings within the Lived Experience space, the most recent being Mataora Training with Te Whare Wananga o Te Kurahuna. She also holds a BA in Psychology and Education and a Certificate in Relaxation Massage.

Danielle currently works for Te Kete Pounamu, the National Voice for Māori, with Lived Experience of Mental Health and Addiction. As part of the Te Kete Pounamu team within Te Rau Ora, she works alongside the National rōpū to amplify the voice of Māori with lived experience of mental distress and addiction.

Danielle works with key stakeholders to create opportunities for Māori with lived experience to initiate and lead change at local, regional, and national levels.

He Rangatira Our Leaders

Tracee Te Huia

Te Pōpoto, Uri Taniwha, Ngāti Rehia, Ngāti Kapotai ngā hapū Ngapuhi te Iwi He whāngai hoki ahau ki Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga

Tracee Te Huia has an explicit knowledge and understanding of the health and social atrocities related to Maori in Aotearoa.

Lisa Cherington

Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Ngāpuhi

Lisa is driven by her passion for working with tamariki and rangatahi and utilising narrative therapy deriving from our mātauranga Māori knowledge base.

Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki

Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Māhanga, Ngāti Māhanga

Her passion for kaupapa Māori research, the growth and development of Māori students within psychology and her commitment to growing Māori indigenous psychology keep her there.

Hingatu Thompson

Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti

In 2018 Hingatu accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer Manaaki Ora Trust. This kaupapa Māori organisation brings together Tipu Ora and Te Utuhina Manaakitanga.