We're excited to announce that as of 1 July 2020, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui will be called Te Pou. We have a fresh new look and a new logo that you will begin to see more often. Our website will be rebuilt over the coming months, to be more focused on ease of access to our resources and knowledge. Read more here

We're excited to announce that as of 1 July 2020, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui will be called Te Pou. We have a fresh new look and a new logo that you will begin to see more often. Our website will be rebuilt over the coming months, to be more focused on ease of access to our resources and knowledge. Read more here

Ashley Koning

Project lead, Matua Raki

My primary focus is supporting services and the wider mental health and addiction workforce to develop co-existing problems responsiveness and capability. Alongside that, I also help to develop resources and guidelines for the sector, including e-learning, and facilitate workshops on request.

In 2016 I am also working on projects involved with the probable introduction of the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act and substance impaired driving. 

I have worked with Matua Raki for six years drawing on my experience as an addiction practitioner and also my previous experience as a counsellor, social worker, psychologist, youth worker, child care worker and psychiatric assistant.  

I have postgraduate qualifications in psychology and social work.

I believe we all need to work together for people's wellbeing.  

Current projects