Cutting Edge | Te toka tū moana was held in Kirikiriroa | Hamilton on 22-23 November 2023.

Once again we took the opportunity to recognise members of the addiction workforce, nominated by their peers, for the contribution they make to their sector, to their organisations and to support tāngata whai ora.

Congratulations and a big shout out to the 2023 awards winners!

2023 Cutting Edge awards

Dapaanz Excellent Contribution to Addiction Practice Award

  • Lynda Holtom, Te Whatu Ora Waikato

Lynda Holtom receives her award for 2023 Dapaanz Excellent Contribution to Addiction Practice from dapaanz Board members Dr Denise Blake and Maik Kilioni

Lynda’s nomination noted: Lynda is a charismatic person and an inspirational leader; these qualities fittingly resonate with her appointment as the first-ever AOD Clinician selected as a Team Leader within Te Whatu Ora Waikato (previously Waikato DHB). As Team Leader Lynda elevated the team morale to a collective, supportive, rewarding and close-knit unit. Her friendly nature and sense of humour make her relate with anyone and everyone. Despite her busy schedule and responsibilities, Lynda makes herself available, whenever short-staffed, to cover individual sessions, group therapy and to support and be a sounding board for the team to discuss clinical and ethical situations.

Lynda is a strong advocate of the AOD profession and provides invaluable service to the AOD field. She has earned immense respect for her knowledge, skills, support and care to tangata whai ora and whānau; and now, she is doing a transformational job of obtaining the deserved status for AOD clinicians. The proverb, ‘If you give a man a fish, you feed them for a day. If you teach them to fish, you feed them for a lifetime’ suits Lynda. In the context of this analogy, Lynda is doing an outstanding job to strengthen, uplift and uphold this profession to support the wider community.

Dapaanz Best Newcomer

  • Thomas Edwards, Pathways Lower Hutt

Tom Edwards receiving his 2023 Dapaanz Best Newcomer award

Thomas’ nomination noted: Although Thomas is a newcomer to the peer support sector, you would not think this is the case with his natural ability to connect and build trusted relationships with tāngata whai ora, and his confidence in leading the delivery of tikanga-Māori focussed recovery at Pathways Lower Hutt.

Thomas has been instrumental to the integration of tikanga Māori at Pathways with his karakia, whakataukī sessions and ngāhere outings now commonplace in the centre’s daily activities. Thomas has also founded a growing Tiktok account @deluxehauora where he shares motivational hauora content from a kaupapa Māori perspective to over 5,000 engaged followers across Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook. Although Thomas’ time in the sector has been short, his impact has been tremendous and I have no doubt he will continue to make meaningful contributions to the lives of those he supports.

Dapaanz Excellent Contribution to Problem Gambling Practice Award

  • Kelly Feng, Asian Family Services
  • Gerhart Berking, Mapu Maia

Dapaanz Excellence in Mātauranga Māori Addiction Practice

  • Ngā Mata Waiora Counselling and Therapy Team, Te Puna Ora o Mataatua
  • Matua Steward Eiao, He Waka Eke Noa

Dapaanz Excellence in Peer Support Award

  • Camille Keyte, Care NZ
  • Ted Wilkie, Ember – Mahi Marumaru AOD Peer Support
  • Sophia Lui-Brown, He Waka Taiora
  • Sue Philipson, Families Overcoming Addiction

Dapaanz Excellence in Clinical Supervision Award

  • Julia Zhu, Asian Family Services
  • Bonnie Lovich-Howitt
  • Shayal Naidu, CADS South
  • Rachel Scaife

Dapaanz Excellence in Pasifika Addiction Practice

  • Ifo Fa’anana, Mapu Maia

Dapaanz Excellence in Asian Addiction Practice

  • Sen Liu, Wings Trust
  • Jiali Li, Asian Family Services

Dapaanz Excellence in Working with Rangatahi

  • The SUPP team, Te Whatu Ora Whanganui

Dapaanz/Te Pou Workforce Innovation Award

  • Whai Rawatia te Oranga Programme, He Waka Tapu

Dapaanz/Te Pou Workforce Research Award

  • Ivan Yeo, Asian Family Services.

Best Poster – Cutting Edge 2023

  • Helen Schmidt-Sopoaga, Marc Otte-Kristian, Shayal Naidu: The Holy Grail of Access.

Best Abstract – Cutting Edge 2023

  • Lee Henley, Massey University: What influences allied health practitioners’ decision making when asking older adults about alcohol use? Exploring older adults’ views to improve understanding and practice.

Awards photo gallery