We don’t just help people with the challenges they’re facing; we equip them to build brighter futures for themselves and others.
The Lifewise Executive Team
Ko Ngāti Whakaue te iwi
Ko Ngāti Kārenga te hapū
Ko Ngongotahā te maunga
Ko Te Utuhina te awa
Ko Te Rotoruanuiakahumatamomoe te roto moana
Ko Te Koutū te marae
Ko Tamatekapua te tangata
Ko Haehaetu Barrett toku ingoa
Ko au te Upoko Rangatira o Te Whanau Lifewise Trust
My name is Haehaetu Barrett. I joined the Lifewise families in June 2010 and have been a long-standing senior leader of the organisation since this time. My background is building and leading quality service provision for our most vulnerable families/whanau and am a known advocate for ensuring workforce capacity and capability is fit for purpose to address the demand of our communities.
Lifewise has provided the platform for multiple cutting-edge services across the country, I am proud I have stood with the organisation with conviction that we respect Mana Whenua status in each area we deliver and am proud of the work I have led in the last 12 years in my home, Te Arawa. This mahi has helped whanau over the years find Mana and be reconnected.
I am the daughter of Ian and Haehaetu Barrett
Mother to Coleton, Shanayla and Rikawerohia
Grandmother to Farrah and Preston
Raised in my community of Te Koutu, Ngati Whakaue
I am proud to be the leader of an amazing Kaupapa and look forward to supporting transformational change.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi is the covenant establishing our nation on the basis of a power-sharing relationship, and will guide how we undertake mission that reflects and proclaims the transforming love of God.
The Lifewise Trust Board
She is passionate about contributing to communities and helping solve important societal issues like homelessness. She has been a participant in the Lifewise Big SleepOut twice and raised funds totalling c.$20k in both years. She also drove an initiative to raise funds to provide 300 winter care packages across the City Missions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Throughout her career she has been involved in mentoring programmes including running the EY Volunteer Engagement Programme which focuses on providing mentors to students in low decile schools and mentoring through the First Foundation Programme. She hopes to continue to utilise her skills and experience to help make a difference.
Sasha is an Edmund Hillary Fellow focussed on a mission to put the humanity back into business, especially regarding financial wellness. Sasha also has lived experience with mental health, addiction and homelessness and believes it is important to contribute wider than yourself. She has been involved from an early age in community work and participated in the Lifewise Big Sleepout in 2019. She is keen to use her knowledge and experience to serve the community and contribute to a better and more inclusive society for all.
The Lifewise Senior Leadership Team
Rob brings with him 25 years of health and disability service management in not-for-profit and public service roles. Most recently, Rob managed the Ministry of Health’s Auckland-based disability team with responsibility for seven district health board areas in the Midland and Northern regions. With a passion for the Enabling Good Lives principles, Rob’s leadership focuses on delivering trustworthy in-home services for people who need healthcare assistance and supporting people, who want to, to create their own support arrangements via personal budgets such as individualised funding.
Rob was born in Barbados but has lived in Auckland since he was eight years old. He has also lived in Dunedin, Wellington and Otaki. His non-work passions include his family, conservation, outdoor pursuits and travel.
Previously the Service Lead for Lifewise Housing First in Tamaki Makaurau, River has a thorough understanding of the Lifewise way, working alongside her team and the people Lifewise serves.
Katee’s goal is to create high quality low cost childcare within the community for children and families who otherwise may not have the opportunity.
“It’s a real privilege to be in a role that allows me to contribute so positively to the lives of young children and their families.”
Kei Motutawa ko Haukeka.
Kei Atuareretahi ko Taranui.
Kei Rawāhirua ko Mokai.
Kei Te Mataarae-i-Orehu ko Puwhakaoho.
Kei Tapaniao ko Urutohatoha.
Kei Wharetaingamoko ko Pikiaowera.
Kei Te Papatu ko Whakahau.
Kei Matawhaura ko Te Kokako-peke-wero-a-Te Wahatuoro.
Ko nga pou enei o Te Tokotoru-a-Manawakotokoto e ihi nei ki te ra.
Tihee Tu Paiahaha!
Ko Matawhaura te maunga
Ko Te Rotoiti-i-kite-ai-a-Ihenga te moana
Ko Ngāti Pikiao te Iwi
Ko Te Arawa te Waka
Ko Ngāti Te Rangiunuora, Ngāti Hinekura, ngā hapū
Ko ahau tēnei ko Tepora Apirana,
Tēnā kotau kai aku rangatira, ngā puhi kākākura, ngā toki kākā tarahae, ngā pae maunga, me herenga waka, ngā tauwhirotanga o te wāhi ngaro ki ā kotau katoa,
Kōtau kua huri ki tua o paerau, e whakaeke nei ki runga i te waka o Rangi kia whetūrangihia ki te pō, moe mai rā ki te rangatiratanga o te mate, hoki mai ki a tātau e ora nei,
“Herea te weri o te kiki Kia kore ai e matata!” Tihei mauri ora.
Kia ora, ko Tepora toku ingoa. I’ve been with Lifewise since 2011 when I started my journey as a co-existing Disorders Clinician. I have a breadth of experience working in the Mental Health and Addiction space and have previously worked as an AOD Counsellor, Social Worker, and an Early Intervention Mental Health Specialist.
Working with Lifewise, I am motivated by mātauranga Māori, whānau-centred practice and clinical support. I dedicate myself to serving our people with heart and purpose.
Outside of Lifewise, I am the mother of four beautiful girls and my husband is from Tūhoe. I am completing a Masters in Māori & Indigenous Leadership with the University of Canterbury and look forward to integrating my learnings into my mahi and leadership.
Darragh was born in London to Irish parents and witnessed the effects of poverty and social injustice from an early age. She attributes her strong work ethic and commitment to the community and to her mother who mentored Darragh from an early age to use the privilege of education, health and well-being to better society.