With New Zealand in Level 2 and Auckland at Level 2.5, Te Pou offices are open with restrictions in place. We encourage you to contact our team by email or phone in the first instance - see our staff contact page for details. Stay safe everyone.

With New Zealand in Level 2 and Auckland at Level 2.5, Te Pou offices are open with restrictions in place. We encourage you to contact our team by email or phone in the first instance - see our staff contact page for details. Stay safe everyone.

Rachel Kapeli

Project Lead

Background

I built the foundations of my project management skills in the construction sector, where I worked on the design and build of Vodafone’s cell sites across NZ. After moving to the health sector, I furthered my knowledge by becoming PMP certified with the Project Management Institute and regularly undertake professional development to grow and maintain that certification. I also have a Diploma in Applied Management, Bachelor of Business Management and am working towards a Masters in Applied Management. Combined with my restorative nature and drive for efficiency, I’m a fairly instrumental part of the team!  

My role

I’m the project manager for the Equally Well backbone team where we work with a growing collaborative to achieve physical health equity for people with experience of mental health and addiction issues. It is something close to my heart and I especially love seeing the many actions across Aotearoa (and overseas) to tackle the inequities. In addition, I co-lead the Integrated primary mental health and addiction programme, rolling out training for new Health Coaches and Health Improvement Practitioners, to help increase the range of mental health and addiction supports that are available in primary care. 

During my time with Te Pou I’ve also worked across a number of other interesting projects, such as Let’s get real, Real Skills Online, Least restrictive practice, Talking therapies, Disability grants, Handover magazine editorial board and various events. The best part of my role is knowing that I’m contributing towards making a positive difference in people’s lives, and the journey in how we get there is guided by values, evidence and collaboration.

Current projects