Stop Smoking Practitioners are health professionals qualified to help people stop smoking. They know the Smokefree methods that are backed by research and are trained to tailor specific programmes for everyone they help so the support is right for them. Te Hā – Waitaha Stop Smoking Practitioners are based across Canterbury and work in urban and rural locations. 

 

Carol Reardon

Carol Reardon

Rural Canterbury PHO

I have been working in the smokefree field for 23 years. I am a qualified counsellor and facilitator on Motivational Interviewing.

I have been someone who smokes and know the difficulties that people face when wanting to stop. I love seeing the confidence people have when they are no longer tied to smoking .I believe I engage with people well. I am a good listener and feel listening is the greatest gift we can give each other and when we do this well, we can truly understand and support people to change and become smokefree. I work in Rural areas in North Canterbury including Kaiapoi Rangiora Amberley ,through the Hurunui including Cheviot and Kaikoura.
Christine Solomon

Christine Solomon

Community and Public Health

Kia ora koutou. I started with Te Hā-Waitaha in October 2016 and I have 14 years’ experience. I am passionate about working alongside whanau to become auahi kore. Guiding them to set attainable goals and sharing in their successes. I especially love working with hapu mama and their partners on the Pregnancy Incentive Programme as they’re trying to make a difference to their whole whanau. Once you identify the barriers to becoming auahi kore you can start chipping away at them and be successful in becoming auahi kore.

I look forward to working with you and your whanau.
Courtney Carter-Smith

Courtney Carter-Smith

Community and Public Health

I am passionate about improving positive health outcomes in New Zealand, especially in relation to smoking cessation. My educational background is a mixture of health and social sciences specialising in bioethics and public health. In recent years I have worked hard to develop valuable experience in coaching, counselling and mentoring in the health sector of which I utilize daily to support our clients. The magic I feel I bring to my mahi is compassion and positivity. I enjoy nurturing motivation and working with people to turn things around and make being healthy exciting and rewarding.
Erin Prattley

Erin Prattley

Community and Public Health

Kia ora, I have been with the Te Ha-Waitaha team since early 2017. My background previously has been within the health and education sector in the community. I have always been passionate about education and empowering others so they can make the best decisions for themselves. My role within Te Ha largely involves initial engagement with those who are looking to make smokefree changes for themselves and their whanau. I look forward to speaking with you and being a part of your smokefree journey.
Gina Straker

Gina Straker

Rural Canterbury PHO

Being Maori myself, I have seen many of my own whanau struggle with smoking related illnesses and with some even death. This has pushed me to fight for my whanau & others who still battle with their addiction to have a better smokefree life.

I believe everyone has the ability to change and within my role, I can build on their strengths and offer options so that they can make a fully informed decision.

Our children are our future and I hope that going forward a smokefree Aotearoa will benefit them with better health outcomes for future generations.

I cover rural South Canterbury and mid-Canterbury. People in these areas live in isolation and this way we get to take the support to them, which can remove barriers.
Hina Campin

Hina Campin

He Waka Tapu

Empowering whanau to choose decisions for the betterment of not only ourselves but for our future generations
Maraea Peawini

Maraea Peawini

Community and Public Health

Teenaa raa koe, welcome to me.

In my hand is an oar from the smokefree waka. I paddle knowing that one day we will all be in this waka together, paddling in unison, free from this ratchet addiction and relationship we have had with tobacco that has held us for many generations. Moving forward as we take back control as an individual, as a whaanau, as a country is mind blowing and exciting.

I am Maraea, of Te Whakatoohea, Ngaati Porou, Ngaa Puhi and English.

I want to be part of raising a smoke-free generation. I am going to be part of raising a smoke-free generation. Are you?
Mele Tatu

Mele Tatu

Etu Pasifika

Malo e lelei my name is Mele and I am a Stop Smoking Practitioner based at Etu Pasifika, Christchurch Central.

I have been a stop smoking practitioner for almost 3 years now and I have had the opportunity to meet and embrace more people than I could imagine. This role allows me to support and help people along their stop smoking journeys. Seeing the drive from individuals to achieve their goals is what drives and motivates me. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, and it’s not necessarily all about smoking. I believe that this journey is not one that should be done alone, which is why I take a whanau approach to this journey. Why do this alone when you can have the support from your friends and family? Providing education to all and setting goals together is something I have found to be very effective. Over the years I have obtained a lot of knowledge about smoking and I have been particularly interested in the science behind it and the effects it has psychologically and physically.
Nika Matenga

Nika Matenga

Community and Public Health

Kia ora koutou, I’m Nika, one of the Stop Smoking Practitioners here with the Te Ha – Waitaha team.

While studying towards my bachelor of health sciences I found my passion in smoking cessation.

After successfully quitting myself, I knew that I wanted to support and encourage others to make their own positive changes.
It is a real honour and a gift being in a role where I am able to work alongside the community to help build a smokefree future together.
Shelley Johnson

Shelley Johnson

Community and Public Health

I enjoy working alongside my clients to achieve their goal to become Smokefree. My passion is in working with others to achieve goals which they previously thought were unattainable. Through my formal study in Psychology and Health Sciences along with my work in Alcohol and other Drug addiction I bring a broad range of skills which assists me in taking a holistic approach to my clients journey to become Smokefree.
Teresa Butler

Teresa Butler

Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust

What ignites your passion?
My whanau - My little girl Taika.

What drives, motivates you?
Watching whanau become happier,healthier and fitter…the best them they can be.

Why do you do what you do?
To help make any positive change in our whanau and communities.

Why smoke-free?
Because I watched the pain and discomfort my mother went through from 50+ years of tobacco smoking which eventually took her life.

What’s “that” magic you bring to your mahi?
Empathy, aroha and understanding….I love to talk too and have a good laugh lol…oh and I’m known to be a good listener….hehehe

What is this mahi about for you?
Educating our whanau around as many options for them to get off the tobacco smoking….save money, become healthier to be around longer with their whanau.

What area do you cover?
Woodend to Ashburton – based in Hornby
Tayla Tuki

Tayla Tuki

Purapura Whetu

Kia ora, my name is Tayla Tuki. I originally come from down south but now call Canterbury my home. I have been working in the Christchurch community for four years, and have been a stop smoking practioner for one. I have a passion for our communities health and wellbeing, and working in the smoke free role has helped me work with this passion and help our whanau make this choice to give them a greater quality of life. Supporting them on this journey and watching them succeed is why I do what I do. Ngā mihi nui
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