I hail from Wellington as the youngest of four children, my whakapapa originates from the United Kingdom (Irish, Scottish and English) I am a third generation pakeha. My family moved to Auckland when I was 8 years old and Tamaki Makaurau is where I call home. I have three children, two live in Auckland and one in Melbourne.
A little bit about Diana
My passion is social justice. I completed my BA in psychology and sociology in 1983 and my social work degree in 1985 and then a post graduate certificate in addiction studies in 2003.
Over the years I’ve worked as a family therapist, outdoor instructor, researcher, counsellor, project worker, alcohol and drug clinician, group facilitator, workshop developer and trainer. My specialist areas are: addictions, mental health, sexual orientation / gender diversity, the promotion of diversity and prevention of sexual and racial harassment and bullying workshops. I’ve been creating and presenting workshops since 1996 – and I love it!
I am the chair of the board of trustees for the Inner City Women’s Group (a family violence prevention and education programme), a member of the Auckland City Council’s Rainbow Advisory Panel and a volunteer for the telephone counselling service for LGBTIQ+ communities OUTline.
Along with working for Hardcases I work part-time as an addictions counsellor, which for me is the perfect combination.