E tūtaki ana ngā kapua o te rangi, kei runga, kei runga te Mangoroa e kōpae pū ana || The clouds in the sky close over, but above them spreads the milky way


Ngā Kaiārahi | Board of Trustees

Ngā Kaiārahi | Board of Trustees

Board Members

Our Board of Trustees represents the length and breadth of Aotearoa New Zealand.


  • Huia Hanlen (Tapuika) – PADA Co-Chair Tangata Whenua – Kaihautu/Chief Executive of Brainwave Trust Aotearoa – Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

  • Leigh Bredenkamp – PADA Co-Chair Tangata Tiriti – Director, e-Borne solutions – Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

  • Carrie Cornsweet Barber – PADA Deputy Co-Chair Tangata Tiriti – Director, Clinical Psychology Training School of Psychology, University of Waikato

  • Bice Awan – PADA Secretary – Former CE of Skylight and other senior positions – Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

  • Elizabeth Tinkler – PADA Treasurer – BSC, BCA, CA – Treasurer – Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

  • Brendon Smith – Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

  • Clare Barnett – M.Couns (Hons), P.G.Cert. Prof. Supervision, R.M, R.Comp.N, B.A, C.T.T, Waikato

  • Dr Mathanki Vivekananda – BSc, MBChB – Tauranga Moana

Huia Hanlen (Tapuika), PADA Co-Chair Tangata Whenua

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

After 30 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector, beginning as an educator and culminating in executive roles that sought to create system change and improve equitable outcomes. Huia was excited to take up the position as Kaihautū / Chief Executive of Brainwave Trust Aotearoa in mid-2019 and is equally humbled to join the Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa Board (PADA). Many of the roles Huia has held in education have been focussed on developing authentic relationships with both individuals and communities. Huia’s commitment to education is driven from the impact that knowledge and skill development can have on an individual and their whanau, hapu and iwi.

Poipoia te kākano, he puāwai; nuture the seed and it will blossom

Leigh Bredenkamp, PADA Co-Chair Tangata Tiriti

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

As a communications professional, I welcome the opportunity to further promote the mental health of women and men during the time when a family welcomes a new baby into their lives. Through PADA, I will continue to work to strengthen awareness of mental health issues which can affect families.

I believe the health and wellbeing of whānau of all cultures, ethnicities, religions and compositions is crucial for society to thrive. And for families to thrive, communities need to be educated, supportive and well resourced.

Carrie Cornsweet Barber, Ph.D., PADA Deputy Co-Chair Tangata Tiriti


I was working as a child clinical psychologist when, after two miscarriages, I was 26 weeks into my third pregnancy and finally feeling comfortable, like this one might be ok… then I started having contractions, and ended up in the hospital, and then on bed rest at home (out in the country, alone) for two months.

It all turned out ok. My son decided to stay in there as long as possible, and eventually had to be extracted by caesarean, but it was the first step on my path toward an interest in helping other women coping with stress and distress during pregnancy and in early parenting.

I am now a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato, training aspiring psychologists, and working on developing and researching tools and strategies to help new parents cope with the changes and challenges they face.

Bice Awan, PADA Secretary

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

As Skylight founder/CE and past Mental Health Commissioner, I was touched by the need for services to support those where being pregnant and facing parenthood can be difficult. Perinatal mental health was of particular interest to me as it appeared there was no consistency of services.

As a national body, PADA can work with leaders to make a difference to the quality of lives for infants, parents, family/whānau and all those connected with them. I bring this expertise, together with executive leadership and governance experience to PADA to work with the passionate and capable team.

Elizabeth Tinkler, BSC, BCA, CA, PADA Treasurer

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

I am a chartered accountant currently working in the insurance industry with previous experience in professional services, construction as well as not for profits.

I have recently become a parent and when the opportunity to join the PADA board presented itself I could not think of a better way to use my skills to give back to the community. It wasn’t until I decided to start my own family that I realised how common miscarriage was and how little it is still talked about. Starting a family for some people can be a longer journey than others and even once you are successful, the anxiety, stress and even depression can continue. I believe it is important that parents have access to appropriate information and support for mental health and wellbeing which is why I am pleased to be involved with PADA to help fulfil the organisation’s purpose.

Brendon Smith

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

As a new Dad, working full time, Brendon was struggling while trying to help his wife and two young babies.  He sank into depression soon after taking over as ‘at-home dad’ and reached out for help.

There wasn’t much. Having been to antenatal classes, he’d heard the term postnatal depression, but didn’t understand it. He didn’t like going to work and didn’t want to see friends.

Brendon began recovering when he found a Father and Child magazine and soon become a support worker for other dads. He has previously been CEO of Kidz Need Dadz NZ, runs a DadzKare support group in Auckland and helped develop the Why Dads? resource for new or expecting couples. 

Clare Barnett


  • Tēnā koutou katoa
  • Ko Kapukataumahaka te Māunga
  • Ko Mata-Au te Awa
  • Ko Waterman te Waka
  • Ko Terpstra tōku tupuna Tatimana, ko Moorhouse tōku tupuna Ingarihi
  • Ko Ōtepoti te kainga tuatahi engari nō Kirikiriroa ahau inianei
  • Ko Clare Barnett tōku ingoa
  • Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa


My passion for maternal and family mental well being started with the story of how the rhesus factor affected my mother’s birthing history, and my own birth. This thread continued in my nursing where I first noticed the stigma of mental health compared with how we talk about physical health.

Working as a midwife also gave me greater insight into how maternal well being affects family and baby well being, and the vital role we all play in supporting women and families as they navigate pregnancy, birthing and parenting.  I now weave these understandings into my role as a counselor, specializing in supporting women and families through perinatal distress, and in my education support of student midwives at WINTEC.

I am delighted to be on the PADA Board. I have previously been involved in PADA education and advisory support and totally believe in the strategic importance of the work PADA does within Aotearoa/New Zealand. I am in awe of what this organisation has managed to achieve in such a short time, with a typical Kiwi ‘can do’ attitude on limited resources.

PADA’s strong leadership team, ability to gather expertise in the area of perinatal mental health, and commitment to debunk mental health stigma’s and to break-through information and resource barriers is the reason I choose to give my time and energy to the work they do.

Dr Mathanki Vivekananda, BSc, MBChB

Tauranga Moana

I graduated from Auckland Medical school in 2013 and worked my junior doctor years in beautiful Rotorua. I then took 3 months off clinical medicine and spent time in Kenya teaching English at a rural primary school. Following this, I moved to Wellington and completed further training in psychiatry for a few years.

 I then jumped ship to General Practice and worked at a wide range of clinics in Wellington; including working with our local iwi health clinic, youth health, busy urban GP clinics, as well as high needs and refugee healthcare. 

I now live in Tauranga with my family and work in General Practice here. 

I have a toddler son and we are expecting baby number 2. Motherhood has given me an invaluable amount of knowledge and understanding when it comes to maternal health as well as babies and children in general. I have a strong passion for mental health and I am thrilled to be on the PADA Board.


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