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 Taupo 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nikki Coleman
Nikki ColemanClinical Advisor
Nikki ColemanClinical Advisor
Kia ora, I am a social worker, a Clinical Manager on the CPRS team and Clinical Advisor on the CDS and Aoake te Rā teams. I enjoy working in our teams and with other agencies to make a difference in the wellbeing of youth and families in Aotearoa. I live on the land outside Christchurch and love adventures with my family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
Skye KimuraComms and Engagement
Skye KimuraComms and Engagement
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