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Role of the Board

SF Auckland Annual General Meeting 2017

SF Auckland Board Member Wanted

SF Auckland Board

Uniting Supporting Families - April 2016 Update

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Role of the Board

Role of the Board

The role of the board is primarily one of governance - to ensure that day-to-day operations remain true to the vision, purpose and philosophy of the organisation. Specifically, the role includes formulation of policy, planning, monitoring and evaluation of organisational activities and performance, ensuring that legal and ethical obligations of the organisation are met, and ensuring that the necessary resources are available to maintain a quality service of maximum benefit to users.

This role is performed on behalf of the members of Supporting Families Auckland, who vote the board in at the AGM. We have had a busy year this year as we worked closely with the staff to draft and finalise a strategic plan and business plan.

The board consists of:

  • A chairperson - whose role is to ensure the smooth running of meetings, and to be the spokesperson for the board.
  • A treasurer - who overlooks the finances.
  • Board members - who are expected to attend meetings, get involved in discussions and offer alternative points of view, and if their time allows, participate in sub-committees and to get involved in Branch projects.

We meet the fourth Tuesday each month at Fellowship House. Although currently we function on a volunteer basis, cost of attendance, for example towards petrol costs, can be reimbursed. It all sounds quite serious but we do have fun, and also the satisfaction of giving something back to our community. In addition skills learned through being part of the board can be used in other areas of our lives, both professional and personal. Everyone who has lived with a family member suffering from a major mental illness has something to offer the board.

The amount of input a member gives is up to them, but generally a few hours a month would be required. We are always on the lookout for new members, so if you feel that you would like to know more, please contact Supporting Families Auckland.


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SFMI Auckland Annual General Meeting

Supporting Families AGM 2017
Tuesday 28th Nov 2017
6pm – 7pm @ 423 Grt Nth Rd, Akl
Remits and board nominations available on our website, or call 09 378 9134 / email

Remit Form 2017
Board Nomination Form

Remit forms need to be received back no later than October 17th 2017 and Board nominations no later than 21st Nov. 2017

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Board Members

SF Auckland Board Members August 2016

Max Lloyd

Work history in teaching, school counselling, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health counselling & therapy, plus 7 years in  Alcohol and Other Drugs & Mental Health management. 

Private practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  &  AoD work for the last 10 years. 

Involvement in SF for approximately 8 years. 

Currently dividing time between Auckland and Wellington & trying to work less!

Ruth Morgan
Portfolio for HR

Work History in Speech and Language therapy, teaching deaf children, operations management, human resources, learning and development, consulting and now facilitating, consulting, coaching and training adults in the workforce.

I’m a family member with a daughter who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and don’t know how I would have coped without the support of Supporting Families which provided me with a safe place to fall apart, follow up phone calls, advocacy, counselling and accompanying me to family meetings within the hospital environment. I have also attended a number of group meetings in which family members receive support from each other. I am constantly reminded of the importance of the service this organisation provides.

Hinerau Ruakere 
Treasurer/Cultural Adviser

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa. Ko Hinerau taku ingoa, no te Tai Rawhiti ahau. Many greetings to you all.  My name is Hinerau and I descend from Ngati Porou iwi of the East Coast.

Work history predominantly in administration. I have been a member of the SF Auckland Board for the last three years and am currently the Treasurer on the Board. I also provide Maori cultural advice to the Board where required.

I work in Mental Health Services with the Waitemata DHB as a cultural adviser in Takapuna.
John Dawson
Portfolio : Sustainability

Work history in business management, marketing strategy, communications planning and execution.

SF board member for last five years, one as Secretary.

Tama Davis

Ko nga maunga whakahi oTamaki oku maunga, Mahuhu ki te Rangi raua ko Tainui oku waka, 

Waikato te awa - “He piko he Taniwha”, te Manukanuka o Hoturoa ratou ko, te Wai o te Mata, te Kaipara oku moana - “Hei huru hapai”. 
Puatahi ki Ngati Hine ratou ko, Reweti, Werewere, Nukuhou, Orakei oku Marae.
Ko Ngati Whatua, ratou ko Waikato  Ngati Tuwharetoa oku Iwi. 
Ko William Tamakehu Davis ahau.

My name is Tama Davis and I am from Ngati Whatua o Orakei – mana whenua of Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau.

My work history covers mental health (both in governmental and non-governmental sectors) and cultural consultancy consisting in delivering workshops on how to apply Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Maori tikanga to work settings. I led and designed frameworks of engagement and cultural practices, organizing of powhiri (traditional engagement process), historical walks and whakawhanaungatanga (networking). I am the director of Ahikaroa Enterprises – a business providing cultural consultancy and supervision. 

Alex Cumming
Portfolio for Health and Safety

Work history in law, civil and commercial litigation, public law, local and central government, judicial review, licensing, children and adult social care.

Recently returned to NZ after 8 years in the UK, involved with SF since May 2016.

Lauren Chalkley
Board secretary

Originally qualified as Adult & Paediatric Medical EA and work history in working with Families, Children & Young People known to local authorises and part of a Child Protection Plan. Noting CP conferences and providing medical police statements to court.

Relocated from London to New Zealand in December 2015.

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SF Auckland Board Member Wanted

Board Table

Are you looking for an opportunity to gain skills and experience in the not-for-profit sector?

Would you like to contribute to the success of our organisation?

If you are a family member of SFMI, who has:

  • some legal, financial, governance or fund raising expertise
  • an understanding of our community and its needs, and
  • are passionate about our cause and willing to commit time for board meetings, planning sessions and special events...

then we would really like to talk with you about becoming a member of our relaxed and friendly board.

For more information, please contact Max Lloyd, Board Chair 0272232737

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Uniting Supporting Families – April 2016 Update

Most readers will be aware that there is an ongoing project lead by SFNZ National Council to investigate a country-wide structure for SF member organisations (usually referred to as our “branches”).. A National hui was held last August, from which a working party and associated steering group were set up. The working party reported back to a National Council meeting with several alternatives, which were:

(1) the status quo: autonomous local organisations with a National Council; 
(2) the status quo with stronger relationships between autonomous local organisations and the National Council; 
(3) autonomous regional organisations with a National Council; 
(4) single national organisation with formal regional representation; 
(5) single national organisation with informal regional representation; and 
(6) merger with a like-minded organisation/s.

Members had been briefed before the meeting and attendees voted according to the instruction of their boards. The result was an almost equal split between those favouring change to a national organisation and those supporting the status quo. Clearly neither group would be able, on those results, to command the two-thirds majority that would be needed for the constitutional change necessary for National Council to proceed. So it was back to the drawing board.
While there was not a clear favorite between the options, (no option receiving more ‘ayes’ than ‘nays’) It was agreed that as Options 2 and 4 had more support than the others, that the steering group would explore these in more detail. Including seeking legal advice on the implications of structural changes and identify the risks and benefits of all key changes involved. 

Parallel to this process our Auckland Board had already approached SF Waikato about a formal merger process, which would build on the already considerable ways in which the two branches work together currently. Following our AGM in 2015 we have now agreed  that merging is the outcome we want  and as an interim step, we are discussing with SF Waikato the possibility of combining members of both our governance boards. 

On behalf of the SF Auckland Board,
Max Lloyd, Chair

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