About Us

Meet The Aoake te Rā Team

Amanda Christian
Amanda ChristianClinical Advisor
Amanda ChristianClinical Advisor

I’m Amanda Christian, I’m from Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland and my favourite place is being on the beach, with a special connection to Taupō Bay/The Far North.

I work as a psychologist in the area of suicide prevention and postvention – facilitating a peer support group for bereaved others, supporting individuals and families through their traumatic grief, being an advocate for those bereaved by suicide and as a Clinical Advisor in Aoake te Rā.

Brooke Brake
Brooke Brake2IC Project Lead & Clinical Advisor
Brooke Brake2IC Project Lead & Clinical Advisor
Kia ora, I am a Registered Social Worker living in Rural Northern Waikato and work as a Clinical Advisor for the CPRS team and 2IC and Clinical Advisor for the Bereaved by Suicide Service. I have a background in Child and Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and 4 young children in the sunshine, reading and baking.
Kirsty Louden
Kirsty LoudenProject Lead
Kirsty LoudenProject Lead
Kia ora, I am the Project lead for this awesome new service for our whānau who have been bereaved by suicide. As a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical manager I've worked in the suicide pre and post vention space for a number of years now. I have a passion to see services delivered to our communities in ways that the communities want and that are effective for them. When not working I am hanging out with my whānau and enjoying our beautiful outdoors.
Nicola Cribb
Nicola CribbAdministrator
Nicola CribbAdministrator
I have worked for CASA since 2006 and currently work as the administrator for the whole of the CASA team. I enjoy working with a great bunch of people and supporting the great work they do. In my down time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading and walking the dog.
Taulaga Alatimu
Taulaga AlatimuClinical Advisor
Taulaga AlatimuClinical Advisor
Talofa lava, I am of Samoan descent, born and raised here in Tamaki Makaurau/Aukilani (Auckland). I work as a Clinical Advisor for the CPRS team and the Aoake Te Ra team. I am a Registered Nurse, worked mainly in Mental Health, with a background working in Forensic Mental health and General Inpatient Mental health services (Acute). My passion is empowering and working in partnership with young people and their families, specifically our Māori and Pacific communities. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young children as well as my extended Aiga (family). Above all, my faith in God keeps me strong and grounded.
Ben Te Maro
Ben Te MaroClinical Advisor
Ben Te MaroClinical Advisor
Kia ora. Ko Ben Te Maro tōku ingoa. I’m an occupational therapist with a background in mental health. I’m interested in social equity, and CASA provides me with opportunities to assist rangatahi and their whānau realise their full potential. When I’m not working you can find me exercising, baking/cooking and exploring outdoors.
Daryl Gregory
Daryl GregoryCASA Director & Kaitakawaenga
Daryl GregoryCASA Director & Kaitakawaenga
The Mana and Tapu of all people make us unique as individuals and I believe that we are created to be connected to others. I am passionate about encouraging whānau to provide a lifestyle, which encourages and nurtures personal, corporate and spiritual growth within the communities they live in. Kia ora I am from Waikato Tainui living in Christchurch and a current Board member of CASA and kaitakawaenga across the different teams. I am married we have a son who is working hard as a musician in the Wellington scene to make his mark. In my spare time I am interested in making short documentaries of interesting characters I meet every day. I enjoy travelling, good food and cold ale with my lovely wife Rose.
Linda Bowden
Linda BowdenClinical Advisor
Linda BowdenClinical Advisor
Kia ora, I am an occupational therapist with a background in mental health and suicide prevention. I believe in the hauora and wellbeing of all and enjoy working collaboratively to achieve systems change. When I am not working at CASA you will find me chasing toddlers, at the beach or with my whānau.
Rachel Day-Brown
Rachel Day-BrownClinical Advisor
Rachel Day-BrownClinical Advisor
Kia ora, ko Kāi Tahu tāku iwi, nō Kaikoura ahau, engari nō Ōtautahi tāku kainga ināianei. I have been dedicated to mental health for the past 20+ years in various roles for Private, DHB & Kaupapa Māori NGO sectors. My roles at CASA are Clinical Advisor on the CPRS and Aoake te Rā team and a valued member of Ngā Pou Ārahi. It is a privilege to walk alongside communities, supporting and empowering them forward to enhanced resilience. Outside of this mahi, I work in Research for The Department of Psychological Medicine, and otherwise I enjoy my whanau, puppy and adventures to new places. Mauri ora.
Bex Petrie
Bex PetrieClinical Advisor
Bex PetrieClinical Advisor
Kia ora. Ko Bex Petrie tōku ingoa. I am a Social Worker with a background in mental health, suicide prevention and postvention. I am currently working as a clinical advisor for the TWB and Aoake te Rā team and a valued member of Ngā Pou Ārahi. I live in Taupō where you will find me with my whānau enjoying the mountains and lake. Mauri ora!
Joleen Rongokea
Joleen RongokeaClinical Advisor
Joleen RongokeaClinical Advisor
Kia ora. Ko Joleen Rongokea toku ingoa. My family and I have spent the last 30 year in the Bay of plenty however now you can find us residing in Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland. I am a registered nurse with a specialty in Mental health and addictions with 25 experience, I have a heartfelt passion for postvention work and navigating whanau through this journey, as I too have walked in those shoes. My role at CASA is Clinical Advisor on the CPRS and Aoake te Rā team. It is a privilege to walk alongside communities, supporting and empowering them forward to enhanced resilience. Outside of this mahi, I have an amazing husband and four tamariki who are all young adults and amazing humans. Mauri ora.
Miriama Scott
Miriama ScottKaihāpai
Miriama ScottKaihāpai

Tēnā koutou e ngā rangatira, ngā tangata whenua o te Ao. Greetings all distinguished indigenous peoples of the World.

Ko Takitimu raua ko Kurahaupō ngā waka,
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu rātou ko Rangitāne, ko Ngāti Raukawa ngā iwi
Ko Renata raua ko Heketa Te Awe ngā tangata,
Ko Miriama Scott te ingoa.

I am of Ngāti Kahungunu and Rangitāne descent through our mother and Scottish and English descent through our father.

I was born in the Cook Islands, where there is a close association with the Takitimu waka, the canoe of the Ngāti Kahungunu tīpuna, to whom I whakapapa.

While I am a registered social worker, my education is in Sociology, Anthropology and History but due to the ‘strong’ encouragement of a kaumatua, Turoa Haronga, because I was facilitating learning on a social work programme, I completed competency to practice social work and then registration as a social worker.

My passion and commitment are to progress tangata whenua knowledge and skills in any field of practice and to challenge mainstream / generic services, where constraint of the legitimacy to practice as the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa may be evident. In keeping with this commitment, I also work to tautoko all indigenous peoples in the same endeavours.
Mauriora!

Sandra Palmer
Sandra PalmerClinical Advisor
Sandra PalmerClinical Advisor
I am passionate about post-vention and the difference it can make for individuals, whanau and community. I am a member of Aoake te Rā, CDS and the Senior Leadership Teams. Professionally I am a Registered Psychologist. I embrace wellbeing in all its aspects and my own wellbeing is enhanced by being with family and friends, engaging in outdoor activities, practicing and teaching yoga, and playing/singing with my ukulele group.