Ko Hauturu te maunga Ko Manaia te awa Ko Mataatua te waka Ko Ngati Pukenga te Iwi Ko Ngati Maru te hapu Ko Maaka King toku ingoa
Tena Koe, I am the Chief Executive Officer for WellStop. My role is to be a leader in strategic planning, business development and financial operations. I also seek to establish positive relationships with stakeholders and other business leaders.
I have previously managed services within the not for profit/health/public and disability sector for over 15 years, both in New Zealand and Australia.
Supporting people to achieve goals and enhance positive life outcomes is what drives me to work for WellStop. I believe that everyone has the potential to attain their goals with hard mahi and great tautoko. Noho ora mai
Hamish Lindstrom - Accountant
I am the Accountant at WellStop, and am responsible for financial reporting and budgeting, as well as overseeing the day to day accounts functions such as payroll and accounts payable.
My work at WellStop allows me to contribute to an organisation that is helping to make positive changes to New Zealand communities, while also providing me with opportunities to develop professionally and personally,
When I’m not crunching the numbers at WellStop, I can usually be found in the gym, out for a run, riding my motorbike, or supporting the Hurricanes. At home I live with two cats, a pile of unread books, and am a keen cook.
Vince Underwood - Kai-Arahi Māori - Māori Development Manager
Waikato Tainui, Taranaki ngā Iwi Waikato te Awa Taupiri te Maunga Ko Tuheitia te Kingi Māori o te whanau whanui rire rire hau paimarire Ko Vince Underwood Ahau
Tena Koe, I am the Kai-Arahi Māori - Māori Development Manager for WellStop. My role is to guide the use of Te Reo Māori and Māori knowledge in WellStop, I assist in the delivery of cultural training, cultural supervision and advise staff and management from a Māori lens. I am Māori Fijian Tongan, I love to connect and learn from all cultures. I was raised with traditional Māori values and principles, handed to me by many supportive elders throughout my life. I am a Registered Social Worker and I have worn many hats from frontline Social Worker, Manager, Senior Manager to Chairperson and been employed in business, residential services the public sector and non-government services this 30 year journey has given me a well-rounded perspective on Social Services and policy. I have an avid passion for learning and research which assists in the development of proactive, innovative initiatives that respond to the growing need for change. Noho ora mai
Michele Johnston - Executive Assistant to CEO
Kia ora, I am the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and I am also Secretary to the Board. I have a strong EA background and have worked in both the public and private sector.
I work at WellStop because of the amazing group of people who work here, and the mahi we do in providing support/tautoko, information and education for families with a focus on healthy, safe communities.
I love learning and furthering myself in both my personal and professional development. I am passionate about health & nutrition and how a positive mindset improves our health, meditation & yoga, and travelling and experiencing different cultures in New Zealand and overseas.
Tina Gulliver - Regional Manager Western
I worked as a Social Worker at Taranaki Safer Centre for 4 years before becoming the manager for a further three years. When WellStop opened in Taranaki in 2015 I became the Team Leader and recently due to the expansion of our service I have become Manager for Taranaki, Taumarunui and South Ruapehu.
I completed my training as a Social Worker at Witt in 2006 and from then I began my journey working in the field of sexual violence.
The work we do at WellStop is necessary to the wellbeing of the communities/families we work within. There is nothing more satisfying than being able to support, educate and provide therapy for those who have been affected by sexual harm and to provide them with hope for a future free of sexual harm.
Working within the team at WellStop has provided job satisfaction and I really look forward to going to work each day.
When not at work I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren. I also strangely enough love mowing lawns. Reading, fishing and hanging out with my Jack Russell terrier Daisy are some of the other things I like doing and strive to do regularly to create a good work/life balance.
Rowena Orpet - Regional Manager Central and Eastern
I am the Manager of our Hawkes Bay branch, located in Napier. Our team works with both Adult and Children concerning harmful sexual behaviour, sensitive claims as well as a considerable dedicated part of our work in a prevention programme in our community.
I was born in Palmerston North, and studied the Bachelor of Social Work and Social Policy (Hons) Degree at Massey, the Post Graduate Health Sciences at Victoria University and then did my Psychotherapy training at the Tavistock and Portman in London. I have worked in both NZ and London in Psychotherapy, and Social Work with a considerable part of my career working to improve the lives of young people and adults who are dealing with behavioural, emotional and mental health issues.
My passion for life, besides spending time with my beautiful loved ones, is getting out and about in our beautiful countryside, and having time for my hobbies yoga, gardening and riding my Ducati.
Eugenia Rodriguez - Team Leader, WellStop Wellington Youth and Children's Team
I am a clinical and organisational psychologist. I have more than 15 years of clinical experience and have also worked as an organisational consultant and operations manager.
I work at WellStop as team leader of the Children and Youth Programme. The role consists of looking after the team members providing them with the tools, support and guidance so they can perform their work as clinicians at their best, within an environment where they feel safe and identified with the organisation. Hence providing good quality service to clients and working towards their best interest. I also provide supervision to staff and therapy with clients.
I am passionate about the work that I do at WellStop because it allows me to put into practice both sides of my career, the clinical and the organisational side. I also enjoy very much working with people.
Growing up as a kid I always had pets at home. I love animals. I am originally from Costa Rica, and my country inspires me to mitigating climate change and work towards conservation.
Elizabeth Waddington - Team Leader, WellStop Wellington Adult and Family Team
I am the Team Leader of the adult team in Wellington. I am lucky enough to work as part of a dedicated team of clinicians who believe in people's abilities to make meaningful change and develop the skills, insight and tools needed to live good and happy lives.
I have 20 years’ experience working as a psychologist in the mental health, offending behaviour and disability sectors. It is the respect I have for my clients, and the desire to walk alongside them on their journeys of change that motivates me.
The work we do within the community and with clients who live in supported care is meaningful, important and rewarding. The process of change is different for everyone and we are able to tailor the treatment we provide at WellStop to meet our client's needs and learning styles.
We work alongside the families and support systems of our clients to ensure honesty, understanding and accountability. At WellStop we value working collaboratively with other professionals and agencies to provide treatment, education and support to promote safety.
I grew up in Sydney, trained in Queensland and moved to Wellington 14 years ago. I have grown to love my adopted country, even the weather, and think I New Zealand is a very special place. I strive to find a balance in my life and to not take myself too seriously.
Please direct all general enquiries for the Gisborne region to Rowena Orpet. For enquiries about referrals please refer to our 'Enquiries and Contact' page.
Palmerston North (Central)
Please direct all general enquiries for the Palmerston North/Central region to Vince Underwood. For enquiries about referrals please refer to our 'Enquiries and Contact' page.