Pai Ake Solutions Ltd

Meet the crew...

Pai Ake Solutions id made up of a dedicated and talented team of individuals.

To learn a bit about each member, use the links on the left.

Mihaka Hohua

Mihaka Hohua
Managing Director

Ko Tanui te waka
Ko Karioi te maunga
Ko Waipa te awa
Ko Ngati Hikairo me Ngati te Wehe me Ngati Putepo nga Hapu
Ko Waikato/Maniapoto nga iwi
Ko Waipapa me Okapu me Raukaunui nga marae
Ko Kawhia te moana

I was brought up a simple man in a difficult world of not knowing who I was. Where cultural identity was lost in the pepper pot housing. I had a father that was a Māori male working to get ahead in a Pakeha world and a Pakeha mother wanting a Māori world in her children’s life. So my early years were made up of the hard knocks of life, with the dark side of this environment living very close to me. After several attempts to clean up my act, I was gifted with Narcotics Anonymous and 8132 days later I am still a member.

I came into this mahi through the 12 step program of Narcotics Anonymous. There is a whakatauki in Narcotics Anonymous that says “You can only keep what you have, by giving it away” so my life experiences gave me the grounding to want to work with he Tangata (the people) that had walked in similar shoes as mine.

I have worked in mental health, Alcohol and other Drugs, social service in the broadness sense, for 21 years and for me it’s all about he Tangata, he Tangata (the People, the People).
My passion is in the name Pai Ake (Better). We are a service that embraces the wellness of whānau and with this the nurturing of the individual in their whānau no matter what culture they represent in this world.

Mason Durie talks to the Mauri Ora (the Health) of people instead of the Mauri Noho (the illness) of people. I see Pai Ake Solutions working to strengthen the Health of our whānau and the communities our whanāu live in.

No reira, tena koutou , tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

Kiri Leach

Kiri Leach
Operations Manager

Ko Hikurangi tōku māunga
Ko Waiapu tōku awa
Ko Horouta tōku waka
Ko Paikea tōku tīpuna
Ko Ngati Porou tōku iwi
Ko Ngati Konohi tōku hapū
Ko Whitireira tōku marae
No Whangara mai Tawhiti ahau
Ko William Leach rāua ko Ann Phillips ōku mātua
Ko Kiri Leach tōku ingoa

I am a daughter, a sister of two and a mother of three. I am passionate about the health and wellbeing of myself, my whānau, and our people. My whānau, my kids, my relationships are my strength and my drive for doing what I do.

I am a strong advocate for not only my children, but the whānau we work with, to gain:

  • positive experiences in their relationships with themselves and others;
  • the right to determine what it is they need to succeed and make their dreams into reality;
  • access to education that is purposeful, feeds passions and validates their culture and identity; and
  • the understanding and acknowledgement of their own and others values and beliefs and the impacts it has on their lives.

My journey in Hauora began with being coaxed from whānau to come and work with them! My passion grew with the births of my own children and the need to understand why, what, who and when....would be for us as a whānau. I have a background in Māori Public Health and Health Promotion, with a zeal for Event Management, Graphic Design and Business Development.
Jill of all trades!

Fiona Gibbons

Donna Ewart
TRIAGE Co-ordinator

Shes still working on it!

Fiona Gibbons

Carlene King

Shes still working on it, too!


Lynette Jayne

Michaela Gielen

And this one!

Mino’aka Kapuaahiwalani-Fitzsimmons

Mino’aka Kapuaahiwalani-Fitzsimmons
Clinical Therapist

Mai moku Pi’ilani mai ia’u

I began working with women and children in AOD residential treatment service. I found the work challenging and rewarding.

I then came to New Zealand and was offered work with Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa Trust to develop and manage a youth AOD residential treatment service and loved the experience.

Since 2008 I have worked in outpatient AOD treatment and enjoy going home at the end of the day which usually didn’t happen in residential treatment!

I offer a solution focused sound clinical direction when addressing personal and familial intergenerational addiction issues.

  • BA Psych
  • PGDipHealSci
    [Endorsed Addictions and Co-existing Disorders]
  • Cert. Women’s Studies
  • Cert. Developmental Disabilities
  • DAPAANZ Registered Practitioner

Phil Terrey

Phil Terrey
Counsellor / Facilitator

I have been counselling since 2008 having worked as a generic and AOD counsellor. I have been trained in a number of therapies such as Client centred therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and solution focussed therapy.

I live in Hamilton, am married with a family.

In my spare time I enjoy kayak fishing in the Coromandel.

  • Dip. Counselling
  • Assoc. Member DAPAANZ
  • Provisional member NZAC

Royce Wynyard

Jay McCarthy
AOD Counsellor / Facilitator

And not forgetting this fulla, still working on it!