We currently have a Lived Experience Advisor whose job is to support connections with tāngata whaiora and lived experience communities and provide advice on all of the work of Te Hiringa Mahara.
Kaitohutohu Wheako Māori Whānau | Principal Advisor Māori Whānau Lived Experience (he/him).
Ko Hikurangi te maungaKo Waiapu te awaKo Porourangi te tangataKo Horouta te wakaKo Ngati Porou te iwiKo Guy Baker ahau
My foray into the mental health and addiction sector came later in life after a career within the public service, hospitality and local government sectors. A personal journey of lived experience sparked a passion that saw me join Te Kupenga Net Trust in Tairawhiti as an adult peer support/advocacy worker, Consumer Leader and Mataora. I was privileged to carry the voices of whānau to local, regional and national forums where I was to Co-Chair of Nga Hau e Wha (National Consumer Advocacy Group) and become a member of the National Association of Mental Health Services Consumer Advisors (NAMHSCA) prior to joining Te Hiringa Mahara in 2022. I am married with two daughters and we all live in Gisborne. Music is another passion of mine that brings balance into my life, and I continue to moonlight as an entertainer (as part of a duo) along the Gisborne/East Coast entertainment scene.
To contact Guy, please email email@example.com