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Dr. Alexander Stevens II (Ph.D)

Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa / Ngāpuhi 

Reg Practitioner and Clinical Supervisor with DAPAANZ,

PhD, MA Health Prac, MA MInds 

Kia ora and welcome. My name is Dr Alexander Stevens II (PhD). I am a qualified health professional with a clinical background (twenty years) in Sexual / Physical Violence Recovery, Addictions, Mental Health, Trauma, and Suicide Prevention. I am also a healer using traditional Māori techniques called Rongoa. I have other roles in the community, including being a qualified adult teacher, Kaupapa Māori Researcher, and registered clinical practitioner/cultural supervisor with DAPAANZ.


As a registered ACC clinician and healer, I have worked for over twenty years in the health and social service fields advocating for individuals, and training whānausupport people, and communities across Aotearoa how to support people affected by sexual violence.​​

Here are radio interviews about my work across Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

  1. LinkedIn Profile

  2. Te Rau Ora 100 Māori Leader

  3. Best Award Finalist  (Public Good Award)

  4. New Zealander of The Year (Local Hero Award)


Irie Thomas

Muriwhenua / Ngāpuhi 

Cultural / Tikanga Advisor / Facilitator 

Kia ora,

Ko Irie tōku ingoa, I descend from the six tribes of Muriwhenua, in the far north of Aotearoa, extending from the Maungataniwha Range up to Cape Rēinga.


At StandingTallNZ I manaaki the tikanga, kaupapa and wairua to ensure our team and people who access our services are supported and feel safe. 


Here is a radio interview about me and what I am passionate about decreasing anxiety and increasing wellness.

Mauri Ora!!!


Bronson Perich 

Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Media Liason & Communications Officer

Tēnā tātou, ko Bronson, Ngā waka o Te Arawa, Tainui and Ngatokimatawhaorua tēnei. I am the main point of contact for all media inquiries.


My role at is to raise our profile by engaging with media. So many of our bros have been destroyed by childhood/historical sexual violence and they need to know we're here to help. My experience includes working in and with New Zealand media outlets and using the media to be a voice for the voiceless.


Tīhei mauriora!

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NIgel Petersen

Matautu Utu-Uta, Apia & Sapo’e Falealili

Pacific Liason Officer / Facilitator

Mālō le soifua. I'm Nigel. I am a Social Worker (SWRB) with a background in working with young people, abuse and trauma. I am studying for a Master's in Violence and Trauma Studies ​from AUT.


Working to support people to get ahead and empower people is what I love to do. My role at StandingTallNZ is to work across Pacific communities and build relationships that enable Pacific men to get support from historical sexual abuse. I also work with clients living with trauma, addictions and mental health.

 Fa'afetai tele lava

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Sione Finau

Ma'ufanga & Pea / Tonga

Information Systems / Digital Content

Kia ora, Malo e lelei, Malo tau lava & warm Pasefika greetings!

My name is Sione, I'm a recent AUT University graduate with double degrees in Sport and Recreation (Management) and Business (Information Systems).
I am currently studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Addictions at AUT University. At StandingTallNZ I will be creating online opportunities for ori and Pacific communities to talk about violence and get culturally relevant help by creating online tools and resources.


Here is a radio interview I did on education and goal setting.

Koia pe Malo!!

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