Our Quit Coaches are health professionals qualified to help people become smokefree. They know the Smokefree methods that are backed by research and are trained to tailor specific programmes for everyone they help so the support is right for them.

Te Hā – Waitaha Quit Coaches are based across Canterbury and work in urban and rural locations.

 

Carol Reardon

Carol Reardon

Waitaha Primary Health

I have been working in the smokefree field for 23 years. I am a qualified counsellor and facilitator on Motivational Interviewing.

I have been someone who smokes and know the difficulties that people face when wanting to stop. I love seeing the confidence people have when they are no longer tied to smoking. I believe I engage with people well. I am a good listener and feel listening is the greatest gift we can give each other and when we do this well, we can truly understand and support people to change and become smokefree. I work in Rural areas in North Canterbury including Kaiapoi Rangiora Amberley, through the Hurunui including Cheviot and Kaikoura.
Christine Solomon

Christine Solomon

Community and Public Health

Kia ora koutou. I started with Te Hā-Waitaha in October 2016 and I have 14 years’ experience. I am passionate about working alongside whānau to become auahi kore. Guiding them to set attainable goals and sharing in their successes. I especially love working with hapu mama and their partners on the Pregnancy Incentive Programme as they’re trying to make a difference to their whole whānau. Once you identify the barriers to becoming auahi kore you can start chipping away at them and be successful in becoming auahi kore.

I look forward to working with you and your whānau.
Courtney Carter-Smith

Courtney Carter-Smith

Community and Public Health

I am passionate about improving positive health outcomes in New Zealand, especially in relation to smoking cessation. My educational background is a mixture of health and social sciences specialising in bioethics and public health. In recent years I have worked hard to develop valuable experience in coaching, counselling and mentoring in the health sector of which I utilize daily to support our clients. The magic I feel I bring to my mahi is compassion and positivity. I enjoy nurturing motivation and working with people to turn things around and make being healthy exciting and rewarding.
Erin Prattley

Erin Prattley

Community and Public Health

Kia ora, and welcome to our service! I have been part of the Te Hā - Waitaha team since early 2017. I am passionate about educating and empowering others and I love that through my role I am able to provide a space for clients to see the new possibilities for their future - a future free from smoking.

My role largely involves initial engagement and conversations with those clients who are looking to make smokefree changes for themselves and their whānau. I look forward to speaking with you and being a part of your journey.
Gina Straker

Gina Straker

Waitaha Primary Health

Being Māori myself, I have seen many of my own whānau struggle with smoking related illnesses and with some even death. This has pushed me to fight for my whānau and others who still battle with their addiction to have a better smokefree life.

I believe everyone has the ability to change and within my role, I can build on their strengths and offer options so that they can make a fully informed decision.

Our children are our future and I hope that going forward a smokefree Aotearoa will benefit them with better health outcomes for future generations.

I cover rural South Canterbury and mid-Canterbury. People in these areas live in isolation and this way we get to take the support to them, which can remove barriers.
Jo Butler

Jo Butler

Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd

Kia Ora I’m Jo, I have worked in the Health industry for 17 years. I have a huge passion for helping anyone and everyone, I have the ability to communicate effectively for us to work together to achieve goals that are set. We all see things through our own perspective, and I try to understand what that perspective is for others so we can communicate well.

Working for Te Hā - Waitaha as a Quit Coach has given me the opportunity to love what I do and help motivate others to build healthier habits. I am especially passionate about working with young people and Hapū Māmā with their smokefree journey.
Josh Grenfell

Josh Grenfell

Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd

Kia ora. I discovered my passion for health and the desire to work to achieve healthy lifestyles in my high school physical education classes. After high school I decided to take my passion further and studied a bachelor’s degree of Applied Science, Physical Activity and Health Promotion. During my study I worked with Community and Public Health to promote smokefree in schools across Christchurch. I entered my current role as a Quit Coach after completing my degree in 2018.

Everyone has a unique experience when dealing with addiction. I am constantly learning about the struggles people face when wanting to quit smoking. It is my ambition to support our clients to the fullest with their journey. It is an absolute privilege to see progression with clients achieving personal goals to better their health.
Maraea Peawini

Maraea Peawini

Community and Public Health

Teenā rā koe, welcome to me.

In my hand is an oar from the smokefree waka. I paddle knowing that one day we will all be in this waka together, paddling in unison, free from this addiction and relationship we have had with tobacco that has held us for many generations. Moving forward as we take back control as an individual, as a whānau, and as a country is mind blowing and exciting.

I am Maraea, of Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi and English.

I want to be part of raising a smoke-free generation. I am going to be part of raising a smoke-free generation. Are you?
Nika Matenga

Nika Matenga

Community and Public Health

Kia ora koutou, I’m Nika, one of the Quit Coaches in the Te Hā – Waitaha team.

While studying towards my bachelor of health sciences I found my passion in smoking cessation.

After successfully quitting myself, I knew that I wanted to support and encourage others to make their own positive changes.
It is a real honour and a gift being in a role where I am able to work alongside the community to help build a smokefree future together.
Rachael Watt

Rachael Watt

He Waka Tapu

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur."

Kia ora. I have a background in Nursing, Social Work, and Education. I work from a holistic approach and believe in empowering people to make the changes they want in their lives. I am passionate about supporting whānau, and individuals in their journey towards been smoke free. I am empathetic and will listen to your individual needs to follow through with a plan towards being smokefree.
Tamara Poi

Tamara Poi

Purapura Whetu

E mihi ana ki a koutou katoa
Ko Ngāti Porou raua ko Te Arawa, Ngā Puhi, Muaūpoko, Ngati Tūwharetoa oku iwi
He kaimahi auahi kore o Te Hā – Waitaha i Purapura Whetu
Ko Tamara Poi toku ingoa

I am a proud Maori wāhine, born, raised and educated in Te Waipounamu, and all beloved grandparents whakapapa Māori to Te Ika-a-Māui. My whakapapa inherently links me to the North Island and my upbringing links me to the South - I am proud to be from Aotearoa.

I humbly embrace the opportunity to support those wanting to live smoke free. My journey as a Quit Coach started as a recipient of the 2020 Hauora Māori Scholarship from Manatū Hauora (Ministry of Health). I still feel I have more to learn and contribute to our community.

The success of my clients to become smokefree - even after a multiple-decade-long addiction to nicotine - is what fuels my drive to serve our community. It is an absolute privilege to walk alongside, empower, uplift and support those wanting to make positive steps toward greater hauora for themselves, their whānau, their communities.

Tihei mauriora!
Teresa Butler

Teresa Butler

Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust

What ignites your passion?
My whānau. My little girl Taika.

What drives, motivates you?
Watching whānau become happier, healthier and fitter... the best them they can be.

Why do you do what you do?
To help make any positive change in our whānau and communities.

Why smoke-free?
Because I watched the pain and discomfort my mother went through from 50+ years of tobacco smoking which eventually took her life.

What’s “that” magic you bring to your mahi?
Empathy, aroha and understanding. I love to talk too and have a good laugh lol… oh and I’m known to be a good listener... hehehe

What is this mahi about for you?
Educating our whānau around as many options for them to get off the tobacco smoking… save money, become healthier to be around longer with their whānau.

What area do you cover?
Woodend to Ashburton – based in Hornby.
Tayla Smith

Tayla Smith

Tangata Atumotu Trust

Talofa lava, Kia Ora. I am extremely passionate about working alongside vulnerable communities to achieve equitable health outcomes. Pasifika communities in Aotearoa suffer inferior health outcomes including a significantly huge gap in accessing health care. On completion of my Bachelor of Health Promotion (ARA) degree in 2018, I wanted to make a positive impact in improving health outcomes for our Pasifika communities.

I have always had an interest in creating smoke-free environments for our communities. I was honoured to be on placement at Te Hā - Waitaha based at Community Public Health. This gave me a greater understanding on the importance of supporting individuals and their families in creating healthier habits. I wanted to continue learning about Pasifika health inequities and went on to complete my Master of Health Sciences (UC) in 2020.

I am now in my dream job, supporting our Pasifika individuals and families to become smoke free.
let's go!