About Us

Family Link

We are based in the beautiful Historic Village in Tauranga and the boundaries of our service are Waihi Beach in the North, Maketu in the South and the Kaimai Ranges in the West.

We have two contracts with the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. One to support family and whanau who have a family member who is experiencing mental unwellness, and the other supporting children, adolescents and youth who have a parent or family and whanau member with mental unwellness. (COPMIA) Check out our Support Zone Page on this Website.

We have a library, booklets and pamphlets available as a resource.

We have a lot to offer and share with the community. We encourage individuals or services to keep us in mind and refer to us when the need arises. Give us a call on: 07 5771457, or fill out a referral form and fax it to us.

Together we can make a difference.


Our Board of Trustees

Patricia Jones (Chairperson) - Patricia has lived in the BOP since the 1970’s and thinks it is the best place in NZ. Married with 3 adult children, she runs her legal practice from Mount Maunganui specialising in mental health and family disputes particularly involving children.


Patricia holds a contract as District Inspector for Mental Health from the Ministry of Health and has been a Trustee since October 2005.


Patricia’s hobbies include horse trekking, tramping and travel.



Alan Withy (Trustee) - Alan is proud to serve as a Trustee of this organisation that supports and helps people at times of special need. He brings some experience with mental health issues in his own family, together with a career in business and service on numerous commercial and not-for-profit boards.


Alan has been a Trustee since February 2005. His strengths are in the analytical, strategic and planning areas, based on tertiary qualifications in dispute resolution, governance, and management and planning.



Geoff Andrews (Trustee) - Geoff has been a Trustee since February 2003. Geoff is married to Denise and has 3 adult children. He considers himself fortunate to be enjoying a fulfilling and exciting life and is a Trustee because he has the opportunity to give something back to our community.


He has had a successful business career having managed a number of businesses. He holds numerous tertiary qualifications and is a Qualified Director. Within the Trust Geoff undertakes the usual Trustee responsibilities as well as overviewing the Trusts financial performance.


John Douglas (Trustee) - John joined the Western Bay of Plenty Mental Health Trust in the mid 1990’s when he was District Inspector of Mental Health for the Bay of Plenty. He had an 18 month sojourn overseas mid 2004 and returned as a Trustee in November 2006. John is a Barrister who has practiced law in Tauranga since 1981 and specialises in family law and youth crime. He is also interested in education having spent twelve years as a Trustee on various school boards.


Our Team

  Brian Thomas
Trust Manager
Trish Thobis
Family and Whanau Fieldworker
Kate Pemberton
Child and Youth Fieldworker
Hitomi Taweerat
Family and Whanau Fieldworker