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
Wendy Cull - Chief Financial Officer
I am the Chief Financial Officer for WellStop. I oversee the financial and other corporate support functions and teams of WellStop, with the objective of providing quality service and advice, and ensuring the sustainability of our services.
I have served in the not for profit/charitable sectors for the past decade in Australia and now New Zealand, following a broad corporate background.
Improving the lives of those around me, and those we serve, is my mantra. I live and breathe this at WellStop.
Thanks to my family background I am an avid DIY’r and gardener. I love getting my hands in the soil and watching plants grow. Life balance and joy for me involves making music, beach walks, cycle rides, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Hamish Lindstrom - Finance Manager
I am the Finance Manager 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.
John Tait - Kai-Arahi Māori - Māori Development Manager
Tena Koutou Katoa, He paku korero noa kowai ahau, no hea ahau, oku tumanako me aku whaina e pa kia Wellstop. My journey and work career has been around Kaupapa Maori social services both in mental health and kaumatua support services and working in Prison with Maori Men and whanau, My goal as Kaiarahi Maori with Wellstop and the wider community is to continue to tautoko and awhi our kaimahi in the feild to be responsive to whanau Maori.
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, the benefits of a positive mindset improving our health, meditation & yoga, and travelling and experiencing different cultures in New Zealand and overseas.
Ramona Tiatia - Regional Manager Southern
Talofa lava. I am the Regional Manager of the Southern region WellStop Team based in the greater Wellington area.
As a former counsellor and social worker I have worked in several non-profit and governmental addictions environments. I have also worked within the area of harmful or concerning behaviour. I am a Pacific public health academic and before joining WellStop, I led several research and community-development projects on topics such as: urban youth and wellbeing, housing, Pacific oral health, renal kidney failure, home detention, rheumatic fever, alcohol social supply and Pacific academic tertiary leadership. I have interests in Pacific indigenous healing and love music, volleyball and story-telling. I believe that trauma recovery and healing can be achieved by many different approaches which both comfort and surprise us in positive and unexpected ways.
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 Regional 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 Regional Manager of the Eastern and Central offices. Our team works with both adults and children with 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.
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 Rowena Orpet. For enquiries about referrals please refer to our 'Enquiries and Contact' page.