MEET THE MATES TEAM
OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
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.”
“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)
“Recently suicide has impacted on my life, I decided it was time my business became more involved in this topic. Mates was the 1st association to come to mind and once I found out more about what Mates offer our industry I knew I wanted to get more involved.
Maybe not to the extent where I would become one of the team. I also believe things happen for a reason. When I was approached by Victoria about joining the team at Mates, it didn’t take long to say yes.
I am looking forward to bringing my passion for the industry and our people to Mates and bring success as we develop.”
OUR FIELD OFFICERS AND CASE MANAGERS
Field Officer - CIP Relationship Manager
“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.”
Field Officer - Kainga Ora Relationship Manager
“Deciding to join the team at MATES in Construction was an easy decision. The passion to help support the Industry with work/life balance and sharing my own toolbox is a privilege. MATES in Construction offer a Whanau away from home. I’m very passionate and happy to be part of the MATES team, we are dedicated to connecting construction workers with community services, for a better quality of life.”
“I wanted to be part of an organisation that would make a difference to the ordinary person. MATES in Construction NZ ticked all the boxes; a strong kaupapa, an evidence-based program, a supportive network system and a message that brings light to the subject of suicide within the construction industry.
I’m looking forward to connecting with those in the construction industry and helping to make a difference.”
“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.”
Lance Van Niekerk
“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.“
“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.“
“I joined the mates in Construction team because I’m passionate about people. I’m a highly motivated person, and my objective is to utilise my interpersonal skills and connect with people. My background is health and wellbeing, and I believe that everyone has the ability to succeed and achieve. MATES in Construction will give me the opportunity to work with a solid team, and use my skills to make a difference.”
OUR SUPPORT TEAM
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”