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MEET THE MATES TEAM

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VICTORIA MCARTHUR

CEO – MATES IN CONSTRUCTION NZ

“I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to introduce MATES into our Construction Industry, here in New Zealand. Building strong communities within our industry is something I am passionate about, and I am also dedicated to promoting well-being and reducing the impact that suicide is having amongst our construction family. I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders to positively impact a reduction in suicide across the construction sector.”

027 218 5755

Victoria McArthur

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GLORIA VETEKINA

OPERATIONS MANAGER – MATES IN CONSTRUCTION NZ

“My decision to apply for a position with MATES in Construction NZ was because the ethos and vision of MATES in Construction aligned with everything I was looking for in a job. A program that had evidence to prove that what it does works, the MATES helping MATES moto which translates to industry and into the MATES workplace. The privilege to assist someone with life and finally I am passionate about supporting an industry that has played an integral part in my life.”

(Ngāpuhi, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Tahu)

027 313 6663

Gloria Vetekina

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ROGER KO

CASE MANAGER

“Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful impact on individuals, families and communities. MATES is all about providing assistance and tools for those in needs.

I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, and I picked up a counsellor qualification while on this journey. It is a rewarding career; I learn and grow from everyone that has connected with me. It is my pleasure to be part of this family and making a difference on multiple levels. I am looking forward to working with this industry and individual.”

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MICHELLE WALSH

CASE MANAGER

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join MATES in Construction as it allows the team and I to play an integral part in growing a network of support for those in the construction industry.

Poor mental well-being is a significant issue in the sector and can lead to long lasting effects for both individuals and their families. I find fulfilment in being able to support people in need, and I feel this role allows me to have a positive impact on the industry, as well as the wider communities across New Zealand.”

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MARGARET TOLHOPF

TEAM ADMINISTRATOR

“I am really enjoying working for MATES in Construction assisting Victoria and the team. This team are extremely passionate about mental health and delivering amazing support throughout the industry. I can see them making a real difference which is incredible and my small contribution makes me feel a part of it all.”

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DEBORAH DOUGLAS

ACCOUNTS ADMINISTRATOR

“I enjoy working for MATES In Construction as even though I am working in the background, I still feel I am making a difference for the staff so they can deliver amazing support and awareness to the construction industry in mental health.”

021 281 1589

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EMMA NIGHTINGALE

EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR

“After becoming aware of MATES in Construction, it was obvious the work they were doing within the construction industry is essential and making a real difference. I am proud to be working alongside and supporting such an incredible team that are committed to making a positive impact.

027 340 9996

Emma Nightingale

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JAMES LEE

COMMUNICATIONS

“I really enjoy working for MATES in Construction as even the small things that we do can affect the industry in a very positive way. Seeing the effect MATES has in the industry has motivated me to make the change in not only myself but the others around me. The team at MATES are extremely passionate about supporting the industry in improving the quality and perception of mental health, well-being, and providing suicide prevention in construction.”

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SLADE McFARLAND

FIELD OFFICER

“I joined MATES in Construction NZ as a Field Officer to help bring awareness to the issue of suicide within the NZ Construction Industry. I am looking forward to working with our partners to help raise that awareness.”

027 778 8154

Slade McFarland

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RICHIE HEPI

FIELD OFFICER

“I wanted to be part of the MATES team as it is the only organisation that targets a specific group. My passion is to help people who are struggling with Mental Health issues connecting them to the services that will get them the help they need. Overall, I want to be part of something that makes a difference in reducing suicide not only in our industry but throughout all our communities in Aotearoa.”

027 778 8067  

Richie Hepi

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RAMAN LEE

FIELD OFFICER

“I Joined MATES in Construction as I am wanting to help improve our country’s dreadful suicide statistics working within an organisation making meaningful connection with many New Zealand construction sites and workplaces.”

027 778 8206

Raman Lee

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KARON VEA

FIELD OFFICER

“Having experienced the effects suicide has had on those close to me as well as myself, I was always curious as to why this is happening, and how I can help prevent and raise awareness to this thing we call suicide.

After years of helping people with their health and fitness, I knew I needed to do more if I wanted to make a difference. Joining Mates in construction I am now able to do that for my brothers and sisters in the construction industry which I believe will have a knock-on effect to the rest of NZ.

027 778 8194

Karon Vea

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LANCE VAN NIEKERK

FIELD OFFICER

“I have always closely been involved in the business of helping others. After learning about MATES and the companies vision to improve mental wellness and reducing suicide in the construction industry, I knew this was a positive and meaningful career opportunity that would allow me to continue helping others. I am proud to be working for a company and team that is passionate and committed to helping people within the construction industry.

I look forward to building long-lasting relationships and creating a positive change to help those involved within the New Zealand construction industry.

027 778 8043

Lance van Niekerk

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JAMES SENDALL

FIELD OFFICER

“With both personal and professional exposure to the impact suicide has on the community, I feel that it is an absolute privilege to be apart of an organisation that is set on creating a much-needed change around the perception of mental health and suicide prevention. I cannot wait to get out in the field and assist other on their journey and provide support wherever needed.”

027 238 7553

James Sendall

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CORRINA NAERA

FIELD OFFICER

“When an opportunity came along to work for MATES I was excited. At the time I was a personal trainer and after many years in the industry, I was looking for something meaningful, that continued to empower others and their families. I love the approach MATES has to suicide prevention and feel so privileged to be part of such a powerful message. MATES is creating change in our industry, one company at a time, one site at a time, one person at a time. Together we are stronger and together we can make a change to someone’s life. This journey is exciting, ever-changing and fulfilling.”

027 778 8152

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CHARLES MUNNS

FIELD OFFICER

“I have always been interested in helping people and wanting to make a positive change. Once I found out about MATES and the change they were trying to make I couldn’t have been more excited to begin my career with the company. I want to help bring awareness to the issue that is suicide and look forward to making a positive change in the construction industry in Aotearoa.”

027 778 8167

Our Management Team

Victoria McArthur

Victoria Profile

CEO – MATES IN CONSTRUCTION NZ

“I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to introduce MATES into our Construction Industry, here in New Zealand. Building strong communities within our industry is something I am passionate about, and I am also dedicated to promoting well-being and reducing the impact that suicide is having amongst our construction family. I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders to positively impact a reduction in suicide across the construction sector.”     

027 218 5755   

Victoria McArthur

Gloria Vetekina

Gloria Profile

OPERATIONS MANAGER

“My decision to apply for a position with MATES in Construction NZ was because the ethos and vision of MATES in Construction aligned with everything I was looking for in a job. A program that had evidence to prove that what it does works, the MATES helping MATES moto which translates to industry and into the MATES workplace. The privilege to assist someone with life and finally I am passionate about supporting an industry that has played an integral part in my life.”

(Ngāpuhi, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Tahu)

027 313 6663    

Gloria Vetekina

Our case management Team

Roger Ko

Roger Profile

CASE MANAGER

“Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful impact on individuals, families and communities. MATES is all about providing assistance and tools for those in needs.

I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, and I picked up a counsellor qualification while on this journey. It is a rewarding career; I learn and grow from everyone that has connected with me. It is my pleasure to be part of this family and making a difference on multiple levels. I am looking forward to working with this industry and individual.”

027 313 6675

Roger Ko

Michelle Walsh

Michelle profile

CASE MANAGER

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join MATES in Construction as it allows the team and I to play an integral part in growing a network of support for those in the construction industry.

Poor mental well-being is a significant issue in the sector and can lead to long lasting effects for both individuals and their families. I find fulfilment in being able to support people in need, and I feel this role allows me to have a positive impact on the industry, as well as the wider communities across New Zealand.

027 778 8239

Our field officer Team

Richie Hepi

Richie Profile

SENIOR FIELD OFFICER

“I wanted to be part of the MATES team as it is the only organisation that targets a specific group. My passion is to help people who are struggling with Mental Health issues connecting them to the services that will get them the help they need. Overall, I want to be part of something that makes a difference in reducing suicide not only in our industry but throughout all our communities in Aotearoa.”

027 778 8067  

Richie Hepi

Slade McFarland

Slade profile

SENIOR FIELD OFFICER

“I joined MATES in Construction NZ as a Field Officer to help bring awareness to the issue of suicide within the NZ Construction Industry. I am looking forward to working with our partners to help raise that awareness.”

027 778 8154

Slade McFarland

Raman Lee

Raman Profile

SENIOR FIELD OFFICER

“I Joined MATES in Construction as I am wanting to help improve our country’s dreadful suicide statistics working within an organisation making meaningful connection with many New Zealand construction sites and workplaces.”

027 778 8206

Raman Lee

Lance van niekerk

Lance profile

FIELD OFFICER

“I have always closely been involved in the business of helping others. After learning about MATES and the companies vision to improve mental wellness and reducing suicide in the construction industry, I knew this was a positive and meaningful career opportunity that would allow me to continue helping others. I am proud to be working for a company and team that is passionate and committed to helping people within the construction industry.

I look forward to building long-lasting relationships and creating a positive change to help those involved within the New Zealand construction industry.

027 778 8043

Lance van Niekerk

Karon Vea

Karon Profile

FIELD OFFICER

“Having experienced the effects suicide has had on those close to me as well as myself, I was always curious as to why this is happening, and how I can help prevent and raise awareness to this thing we call suicide.

After years of helping people with their health and fitness, I knew I needed to do more if I wanted to make a difference. Joining Mates in construction I am now able to do that for my brothers and sisters in the construction industry which I believe will have a knock-on effect to the rest of NZ.

027 778 8194

Karon Vea

james sendall

James profile

FIELD OFFICER

“With both personal and professional exposure to the impact suicide has on the community, I feel that it is an absolute privilege to be apart of an organisation that is set on creating a much-needed change around the perception of mental health and suicide prevention. I cannot wait to get out in the field and assist other on their journey and provide support wherever needed.”

027 238 7553

James Sendall

Corrina Naera

FIELD OFFICER

“When an opportunity came along to work for MATES I was excited. At the time I was a personal trainer and after many years in the industry, I was looking for something meaningful, that continued to empower others and their families. I love the approach MATES has to suicide prevention and feel so privileged to be part of such a powerful message. MATES is creating change in our industry, one company at a time, one site at a time, one person at a time. Together we are stronger and together we can make a change to someone’s life. This journey is exciting, ever-changing and fulfilling.”

027 778 8152

charles munns

FIELD OFFICER

“I have always been interested in helping people and wanting to make a positive change. Once I found out about MATES and the change they were trying to make I couldn’t have been more excited to begin my career with the company. I want to help bring awareness to the issue that is suicide and look forward to making a positive change in the construction industry in Aotearoa.”

027 778 8167

Our support Team

Emma Nightingale

Emma profile

EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR

“After becoming aware of MATES in Construction, it was obvious the work they were doing within the construction industry is essential and making a real difference. I am proud to be working alongside and supporting such an incredible team that are committed to making a positive impact.

027 340 9996

Emma Nightingale

Margaret tolhopf

Margaret Tolhopf MATES

TEAM ADMINISTRATOR

“I am really enjoying working for MATES in Construction assisting Victoria and the team. This team are extremely passionate about mental health and delivering amazing support throughout the industry. I can see them making a real difference which is incredible and my small contribution makes me feel a part of it all.

021 033 7273

Margaret Tolhopf

Deborah douglas

Deborah Douglas MATES

ACCOUNTS ADMINISTRATOR

“I enjoy working for MATES In Construction as even though I am working in the background, I still feel I am making a difference for the staff so they can deliver amazing support and awareness to the construction industry in mental health.”

021 281 1589

James Lee

James Profile

CREATIVE ASSISTANT

“I really enjoy working for MATES in Construction as even the small things that we do can affect the industry in a very positive way. Seeing the effect MATES has in the industry has motivated me to make the change in not only myself but the others around me. The team at MATES are extremely passionate about supporting the industry in improving the quality and perception of mental health, well-being, and providing suicide prevention in construction.”

021 160 6535

James Lee