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Meet the Advice Panel

Get to know the group of professionals that make up our Common Ground Panel, answering your questions on the Common Advice monthly feature. Their collective knowledge, experiences and thirst for life will provide you with the best advice and support for any question or concern you might have. 

Dr Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a

Dr Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a

Born and bred in South Auckland, Dr. Ainsleigh Cribb - Su’a, (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Kauwhata) has a passion for and commitment to the wellbeing and flourishing of children and youth, specifically Māori and Pasifika taiohi, of which she is the mother of four.

Ainsleigh is a Director and Consultant for The Flying Doctors Ltd (Ngā Manu Ārahi), a Clinical Psychology consultancy firm. She is also a Clinical Manager in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for Counties Manukau Health.  

Ainsleigh is a World of Difference research grant recipient of the Vodafone NZ Foundation. Her current research focuses on bringing to the forefront, narratives of South Auckland Māori youth success and resilience. Ainsleigh is an Academic Fellow of Taupua Waiora at AUT and Te Rū Rangahau, the Māori education research unit of the University of Canterbury. A Leadership New Zealand alumnus, Dr. Cribb-Su'a also serves in governance roles for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the Graeme Dingle Foundation. Ainsleigh has a professional interest in e-health initiatives as well as holistic health and wellbeing innovations.

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Renee from Youthline

Renee from Youthline

Renee Haiu is a senior member of Youthline’s face-to-face counselling team. She provides professional supervision to Youthline Youth Workers, Counselling Interns and the team of trained volunteer Helpline counsellors. Renee is based at Youthline Manukau, but can be found at Youthline Centres across Auckland. She also does some video counselling work.

With nineteen years of experience working in Youth Health and Development, Renee works with predominantly young people (11-25yrs) around issues such as anger management and conflict resolution, anxiety and depression, sexuality, relationships, cultural, spiritual and identity issues, family separation issues, and supporting communication between young people and their families. She believes in working multi-systemically, involving family and community as much as possible.

Renee is qualified in many facets of health including; Diploma in Counselling, Certificate in Counselling from Pacific Paradigms, Certificate in Domestic Violence, Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Certificate in Family Therapy, Certificate in Supervision. She is a member of the NZCCA.

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Jono and Ana from Mental Health Foundation

Jono and Ana from Mental Health Foundation

Ana and Jono are from the Resource and Information Service at the Mental Health Foundation NZ. They can point you in the right direction to get the help you need. They also assist people to find books, research and resources about mental health.

Jono is Samoan/European, born and bred in West Auckland. He is a social change ninja and has a passion for the community and photography. Jono is experienced in the health sector where he has worked as a BodySafe Educator at Rape Prevention Education, before moving over to Auckland Sexual Health Service as a Health Promoter before working at MHF as an Information Resources Specialist.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Pacific Studies and Music at the University of Auckland, and is currently studying for a Masters of Applied Social Work at Massey University. Jono has been a leader, youth council rep and a national council rep for SCOUTS NZ and has spent 6 years volunteering with RainbowYOUTH as a facilitator and board member.

Ana was born in Serbia, but raised in Auckland. In her spare time she is an avid reader, a swing dance teacher, an English tutor and has a budding cacti collection. Previously Ana has worked as a volunteer phone counsellor with Youthline and currently works at Mental Health Foundation in both the Resource and Information Service and as a Mental Health promoter helping with the development of Common Ground.

Ana has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from the University of Auckland.

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Jenny from Skylight

Jenny from Skylight

Jenny McIntosh is a mother of four adult children and a grandmother of two. She works as the coordinator of the Skylight Resource and Information Centre. This involves tailoring support packs to specific needs and managing a specialist library of books to supplement this service. She is closely acquainted with the grief of bereavement having worked as a counsellor and accompanier as well as having experience at a personal level.

Jenny has worked in a number of capacities both in New Zealand and overseas, including work with people with mental health challenges, teenagers, and supporting people through loss, bereavement and transition towards a new sense of health and wellbeing.

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