Meet the Team



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 ADVOCATE – Charmaine Gibbs

Tena Kotou Katoa,

My name is Charmaine Gibbs. I come from a social work background, having worked in the Lower Hutt region for 14 years. I worked for Kokiri Marae Social Services, Sea View for 2 years, and 12 years for the then Ministry of Social Development Child, Youth and Family Services as a Care and Protection Social Worker.

While I have never worked in the area of mental health and addiction I do bring life experience and social work ethics into this role. I am familiar with other social service organisations throughout the Lower Hutt region and the support offered in the community.

I look forward to one day meeting all the services associated with Oasis Network Inc. in the near future.

ADVOCATE – Ngarupiki Reid

Tainui te waka, Ruahine te maunga, Rangitikei te awa, Kakariki te whenua, Te Hiiri te marae, Ko Ngarupiki Reid ahau.

Ko au te whakaihuwaka mo Oasis Network ki Wairarapa.




Kia Ora. I started getting interested in working in the mental health field as a teenager after I gave a talk about experiencing mental ill health to families. Since then I have worked on the Like Minds Like Mine campaign to counter stigma and discrimination as a speaker and a consumer advisor, and at Atareira (mental health support form family/whanau) doing mental health education in schools and in the community. Recently I have also worked for Buddies Peer Support Service at Wellington Hospital. Working at Oasis as a peer support worker has been enjoyable and uplifting through all the peers I have had the privilege to meet and relate to.



Hi everyone. I have been working as a peer support worker for just over one year. Before that I was a volunteer for 4 ½ years.

Before that I worked at a variety of volunteer and paid part time jobs through the Earthlink programme which gave me skills and helped me regain the confidence I had lost due to unemployment.

We have a great sense of community at Oasis and working here gives me a great sense of satisfaction.

Emergency Housing Staff


Henare Parker – Housing Coordinator


Ko Titirangi te Maunga

Ko Uawa te awa

Ko Te Aitanga a Hauiti te iwi

Ko Henare Parker ahau

My background is in Social work and Youth work and also A+D and Mental health. In my previous role I spent 3 years in Hauora Hinengaro Tane (men’s mental and physical wellbeing). In my current role with Oasis Network Inc I am the Housing Co-ordinator for Emergency Housing and have the great honour and privilege of looking after the day to day running of the facility and also the oversight of the residents daily activities . I am grateful to be a part of a whanau that is making a real difference in the lives of the homeless men in our community.





Hi I am Richard. I am the Peer Advocate at Oasis Network. My role is to aid consumers in their journey by assisting with different issues they may face including but not limited to: Work and Income, Housing New Zealand and being a support person at doctors or psychiatrist appointments. I have been a mental health consumer since the age of 13 and have had a very challenging journey to wellness. I believe my personal experience with mental illness provides an insight to some of the issues and stumbling blocks that consumers face on a daily basis.  I have been working at Oasis Network since March 2010 and really enjoy the challenges I face. Personally if I am able to make one client’s journey to wellness a little bit easier then I am happy. Stay safe and take care.