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
Today we are all writing the next chapter to the story of this organisation and its Three Trusts. Historians in the future will say that somethings were done brilliantly and others a mistake. But what they will all say with certainty is that the staff of Airedale Property Trust, Lifewise and Methodist Mission Northern, through their team work, achieved an amazing feat.
Take care, be strong and of good courage. And remember, ‘we are not alone’.
The Lifewise Trust Board
Abhishek also serves on the Board of Mission and Ecumenical which is assigned with the task of supporting and strengthening the mission and ecumenical understanding of the Methodist Church of New Zealand by promoting a concern for social justice and the concern of the world in ecumenical relationships with the Methodist Church of New Zealand. He also sits on the Auckland Synod Executive.
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.
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.
Troy was involved in the Methodist Youth Division and involved in implementation of the National Youth Policy. He found the shared whakapapa between the theology and aspirations of the Methodist youth policy and the values of Lifewise deeply compelling. He learnt skills in youth ministry that have served him well throughout his life and have played a significant role in his business ventures.
Caring for people and working for a better world is in Troy’s blood. His focus for the last 20 years has been family and business, but he has always responded to human need when he sees it. Just by supporting people in his community has given him significant experience in the areas of mental health, addiction, homelessness and issues related to poverty. He has supported people with everyday social problems and people on the fringe of society in extreme crisis. Although not an expert in any area of social service, he has a genuine understanding of the challenges and what it takes to make a difference.
The Lifewise Senior Leadership Team
“I have worked for the past 22 years in the health industry both in New Zealand and the U.K. I have a clinical background as a physiotherapist and in the last 10 years have moved into management roles within the rehabilitation and disability sectors. I am passionate about leading teams to deliver high quality health services to vulnerable people in our communities.
“Outside of work I still play “old men” football during the winter and enjoy supporting my two children in their sporting and social pursuits all year round, of which there are many!”
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.
Peter is passionate about people and works to ensure that those who benefit from our services are at the heart of everything we do – engaged, consulted and integral to the planning, delivery and evaluation of our work.
“It’s great to be part of the Lifewise team we have an amazingly diverse, dedicated and skilled workforce who work tirelessly to make a difference to those in most need of help and support.”
Outside of Lifewise, Peter enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors, exploring new places and enjoying NZ’s beautiful landscapes.
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.”
Te Arawa te Iwi
Whakaue te Tangata
Ngati Karenga te Hapu
Ngongotaha te Maunga
Utuhina te Awa
Para Te Hoata Te Kohea te Marae
Tunohopu te Tipuna
Ko Haehaetu Barrett toku ingoa, ko au te Kaiwhakahaere o Lifewise Rotorua
Kia ora, my name is Haehaetu Barrett, I am the Service Manager of Lifewise Rotorua. I have been with the organisation since June 2010, we are based in region of Te Arawa, Rotorua. Rotorua is one of the exciting teams at Lifewise and I am privileged to provide leadership for our small workforce and the communities that we serve.
My background is Management and Leadership in Community Mental Health and Addictions at the NGO level and also Regional Workforce Development throughout the Midland DHB regions. I am a Social Worker by trade (2000), however have held Senior Management roles for the last 15 years. I have a PostGrad Cert in Business Management and am currently on the pathway to achieving my MBA with the University of Waikato.
My family are my strength and my children are my pulse for leading Community Development strategies both at a personal and professional level.
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.