Pikihuia Ruffell started working at Nga Kete in March 2012 and spent her first year on a work-based placement throughout which she gained experience and learnt the role.
Pikihuia went on to study at University and in 2013 gained a post graduate certificate in health science indorsed in addiction and co-existing disorders.
Two years later she was promoted to management and has enjoyed the role, especially the mentoring aspect of supporting the team and sharing knowledge.
“I have learnt so much from the team and I was honoured and privileged to be their manager.”
Throughout her six years at Nga Kete Pikihuia has especially enjoyed getting to know the community and staff, implementing the Hikoi Te Hauora Addictions Recovery Camp, and launching and being a part of the LGBTQI+ Support Group.
She has enjoyed watching the people become well. “There’s nothing like it. The moment when they’re making positive choices for themselves is great to see and be a part of.”
We wish Pikihuia all the best on her new adventures abroad.
Wendy Ellis, who has returned to work in the addiction service at Nga Kete has a health science post graduate in Addictions and Mental Health and is about to begin her third year in psychotherapy.
Wendy has an extensive background in the fields of addiction, mental health, and specialist education and has been a previous manager of IDEA services and YMCA education.
Wendy loves being a part of NKMP and says it’s an agency passionate about serving the needs of the community and its progressive, and strength-based. She is looking forward to her new position at Nga Kete.
Outside of work, Wendy enjoys playing the ukulele, travelling, animals (especially dogs), studying and reading.