The Team

We have a team of dedicated "Certified ASIST Trainers" living across our beautiful country.  They are from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and each come with a unique set of professional skills and personal experiences.


      Lifeline Aotearoa Staff
 George Hill


For twelve years he managed the Methodist Mission based in central Auckland.

He has worked within the Health and Disability Commission and in Adult Maori literacy.

Chaired the Cultural Reference Group which had the responsibility of adapting the ASIST Training for Maori, working closely with “LivingWorks”, Canada.

George has an extensive working history in the community NGO sector. Has completed the T4T Training for ASIST.He has been a kaumatua at Lifeline Aotearoa since 2003, attending and coordinating the aspect to many ASIST Workshops.
       Our Certified Trainers
      Gary Clifford - ASIST + safeTALK Trainer + ASIST Consultant Trainer + 3 day ASIST T4T Coach 

Gary Clifford has had an interest in suicide prevention for about 40 years and has long experience as a volunteer with Samaritans and Lifeline. He is one of the most experienced trainers for the LivingWorks suite of programmes in Australasia. He has been delivering ASIST for around nine years and is currently both a trainer for the programmes and a registered Consulting Trainer able to assist other trainers in their development. He is a strong believer that LivingWorks’ successful growth worldwide is based on their unique combination of structured, practical skills with immediate application; a safe and respectful learning environment; and some added fun to aid the learning process.

Gary has lived in New Zealand since moving here from England in 1988. He has had an extensive management and consulting career in Europe and New Zealand. He is also former CEO of the Gambling Helpline in New Zealand which he helped build into the foremost agency of its type in the world.

Gary lives in West Auckland with his wife, Jenny, where they both enjoy getting out into the bush and beach environment.


Nettie Cullen- ASIST + safeTALK Trainer

Nettie is a registered psychologist with 10 years experience in the area of crisis intervention. Her clinical experience includes private, public and not-for-profit settings and most recently early intervention within the community mental health context as well as private practice. She has had significant involvement in counsellor training courses, corporate training programs and tertiary education and currently lectures in the School of Psychology at AUT while also delivering training to various community groups.

Nettie has been delivering workshops focusing on suicide awareness, suicide intervention, and bereavement by suicide both in her native Australia and in New Zealand since 1998 and trained as a LivingWorks trainer in 1999. Her experience in the area has given her the opportunity to participate in the New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy Stakeholder Reference Group as well as present at conferences both in New Zealand and internationally.

 My ancestry is English and American but I was born and raised in Australia.  New Zealand is very much my home now with all my children being born here.

Grant McGregor


ASIST + SafeTALK Trainer

Grant Mc Gregor has many years of clinical experience as a registered psychotherapist and has been delivering ASIST for Lifeline for over 11 years. He is also an aerobics instructor, father and husband and a very valued member of the ASIST team.


Susan Cotton - ASIST Trainer

Susan Cotton has facilitated the ASIST programmes for the last ten years.  She has a background in business, governance and facilitation. 

I love this programme!  It is designed for everyone and I have seen it work for community groups as well as people with extensive mental health experience.  I was trained in ASIST facilitation in 2003 and it has been my privilege to be involved ever since.  I live in Auckland with my husband and two gorgeous children.

Caroline Westerlund Wilson - ASIST + SafeTALK Trainer + Consultant Trainer 

Caroline is passionate about seeing people learn, upskill and ascertain information that will improve both their work and personal lives. An international corporate trainer, Caroline has seen that regardless of age, profession, country, or culture, suicide is prevalent in every nation.

Caroline started her career in the health sector as an advocate and educator and has continued to work in the creative and corporate sectors in educating and marketing roles. Caroline believes in the ASIST training and hopes to see more people trained to increase awareness and confidence to help save a life.

Kayte Godward - ASIST + safeTALK Trainer + Consultant Trainer

Kayte is the Community Relationships and Suicide Prevention Manager for Lifeline Aotearoa.  She has been a trainer and group work facilitator for many years delivering programmes such as; Charles Rapp - Strengths Model, Mary Ellen Copeland - WRAP Plan; Challenging Behaviours, Communication, Stress and Wellbeing, Family Violence, Te Tiriti, and ASIST. She is also a strong advocate for people with lived experience of mental health issues.

In addition to her mental health work Kayte is also an international award winning actress, a writer and film maker and has worked in the television and film industry in Aotearoa, New Zealand for over a decade.

Married with two beautiful children and residing in the Waikato, Kayte is committed to help shape a suicide safer future for the many generations to come.


Joshua Walmsley - ASIST Trainer

Ko Mataatua me Mahuhu-ki-te-rangi nga waka
Ko Ngapuhi te iwi
Ko Ngati Uru me Ngati Whatua nga haapu
Ko Maunga Imi imi me Maunga Tapu nga Maunga
Ko Pupuke me Kaihu nga Awa
Ko Joshua Walmsley toku Ingoa
Ti Hei Mauriora

Kia Ora my name is Joshua Walmsley and I am a proud husband and father of four young boys living in the community of South Auckland where I was born and raised.

I am an Alcohol and Drug Clinician and I work in a Men’s Alcohol and Drug residential service.

Everything I do in my professional and personal life is focused around enhancing wellbeing for my whanau, friends, and community and supporting those who are struggling and just need awhi or manaaki from someone. Sometimes this awhi consists of just a listening ear other times it means long nights doing mahi but whatever the need I feel privileged that people allow me to be a part of their lives in their time of need.

I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to join the ASIST whanau because I believe suicide rates will decrease as the number of ASIST trained people in our community increases.

Mauri Ora


    Anatonio Te Maioha - ASIST Trainer
A professional actor and writer with 20 years experience in the New Zealand Television and film industry. Anatonio has a strong communication and media background and uses the power of spoken word and personal story as a therapeutic vehicle to highlight social injustice and facilitate change within individuals, whanau and communities.  Not only has he graced our screens for many years, but his work has included pivotal New Zealand shows that have toured the country and into prisons working with offenders.

He is a dedicated father of two and lives in the beautiful Whaingaroa Harbour.


Julian Reweti - ASIST trainer

Ka papā te whatitiri

Ka hikohiko te uira

Kahukura ki te rangi

He ai tū ka riri rongo mai ka hē

Ko ngunguru

Ko ngāngana

Ko aparangi

Ko te titi o te rua, ko te tao whakawahine

Ko te motumotu o te riri

Ko te awa o nga rangatira

Taumarere herehere i te riri

Te puna i keteriki

Keteriki, kete tangariki

Ko Ngāti Hine pukepuke rau

Ti-hei wa Mauri Ora!!!

Tena koutou katoa.

Danielle Oakes


 ASIST trainer

Danielle is the National Training Manager for Lifeline Aotearoa. She has a strong facilitation and training background, with a particular focus on Maori suicide prevention. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the ASIST team.



Kahui Neho - ASIST Trainer

Kahui Neho is a Registered Nurse with a Post Graduate Diploma with Honors in Health Science and has specialised in Mental Health. She is employed as Lead Clinician for AOD Service in Residential Rehabilitation in the North, and is the founding member of the Green Ribbon & R.A.T.S Riders Against Teenage Suicide Campaign, which brings an Awareness, Intervention and Prevention to many communities within New Zealand and is passionate about providing Suicide Education to our people. She is a mother of 2 young men and is proud to be of Ngatihine descent.

      Dr. Jen Betham-Lang - ASIST Trainer

Dr. Jen Betham-Lang is both a chaplain in the New Zealand Defence Force and civilian pastor. Raised in Hawaii and living in many states of the USA before coming to New Zealand, she has seen how suicide pervades cultures, religions, financial classes and nationalities.

Personally affected by suicide after having lost relatives and military friends in this manner, she is passionate about helping to bring about suicide awareness, intervention and prevention in hopes of making a difference with the aid of the ASIST programme.


      Vienna Cassidy - ASIST and safeTALK trainer

Hi my name is Vienna Cassidy, I live in Blenheim, I am a family counsellor at Barnardos, I work with children and their families. I also work at LifeLine Marlborough where I am the Clinical Manager; I enjoy my work as it is varied and interesting. Through my own life experiences and my work at Lifeline Marlborough I have always had a passion for preventing suicide; hence I have become involved with ASIST.

I found that ASIST tied together everything I know about preventing suicide and gave me a simple tool to use for people who are suffering from suicidal thoughts and although I have a degree in counselling this was something that was missing from my training. It is a simple tool that anyone can use; you don’t need a degree to use ASIST.


Donette Kupenga - ASIST Trainer

Ko Hikurangi te maunga

Ko Waiapu te awa

Ko Te Aowera me Te Aitanga a Mate ōkū hapū

Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi

On my fathers side I hail from Lomaloma, Fiji and on my mothers side I hail from Hiruharama, Ruatoria.

I was born in Wellington raised between Whakapourangi Rd, Ruatoria and Laqere Suva, Fiji then schooled in Auckand. I am a mother of 3 daughters all born in Palmerston North and all attended Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori. I graduated as a Kura Kaupapa Māori teacher from Massey University College of Education.

I moved back to the motherland 10yrs ago and enjoy being actively engaged with our marae, hapu and Iwi and am as comfortable running a wananga as I am with being a kaitautoko singing a moteatea.
My journey with Lifeline began when I attended and enjoyed the learning in an ASIST training so much so, that I took the plunge to become a trainer. As a recent graduate I’m eager to support Suicide Safer Communities.


Sue Zeeland - ASIST Trainer

Sue has a wealth of knowledge in the area of crisis intervention. She is a counsellor and works as a senior telephone counsellor for Lifeline. 


Petia Wilson - safeTALK Trainer

Petia (Peat) Wilson is from Auckland, New Zealand. Married to Caroline, they have two children, Charlize and Phoenix. Petia and Caroline left their full-time jobs to pursue a 'calling', a 'passion' they had to see people live a perosis life.  Petia has always had a passion for the arts, music and drama and is currently a very busy speed artist and motivational speaker.


Sonia Marsters - ASIST TrainerKia orana…Warm pacific greetings.

My name is Sonia Marsters, I am of Cook Island descent, born and raised in Aotearoa.

I am a mother of three, nanny to four mokopuna (boys), and I love the natural glow time with my family, walking & reading, appreciating touch stones for living in Aotearoa and the Pacific, having conversations, enjoying people and maintaining a zest for life and wellbeing.

As a professional, I am an Alcohol and Drug Counsellor/ Programme Facilitator in a residential service. I truly enjoy the work that I do with members of whanau in recovery, that engages a mana enhancing kaupapa.

Mauri ora


Susie Hilliard


ASIST Trainer

Susie is a Regional Branch Manager for Lifeline Aotearoa in the Wairarapa. She is from a rural background and has a real understanding of the issues facing the rural community.

 Karen Crawley


safeTALK Trainer

Karen is a Regional Branch Manager for Lifeline Aotearoa in the Canterbury area. She has a clinical background and a community relationship in Christchurch.


Lisa Archibald - Te Ara Korowai, Wellington based trainer

Lisa Archibald first came to New Zealand in 2013 as a UK Winston Churchill Fellow researching mental health discrimination in communities. Having fallen in love with the country during her travels, she then moved here in June 2014 with her 2 children. Lisa is now Manager of Te Ara Korowai inc, a peer led mental well being service in Kapiti. She is also a Trustee of Kites and Trade Aid. Since completing a BSc in Behavioural Science in 1999, Lisa has led many peer run, award winning projects across Scotland. Her main interest is to build stronger, supportive and more connected communities.




David Cairns- Suicide Prevention and Postvention Coordinator - Canterbury


Paul Martin - Suicide Prevention and Postvention Coordinator - Southland


Corinda Taylor - Life Matters, Dunedin Based


Eleanor Ranstead - Gore, Mataura Based


 Carron Cossens - Southland


 Greg Dobson - Southland


Gopala Lucken


Jazz Sutton - Auckland (West Auckland)


Giles Birch



Stormie Hunter-Rogan - Nga Tai o Te Awa Trust


Hine Potaka - Nga Tai o Te Awa Trust


Registered Livingworks Trainers purchasing workshop kits:

Revised prices for 2016
ASIST kits per participant: $50.00 each
safeTALK kits per participant: $25.00 each
suicide to hope kits: TBC

safeTALK Bulk orders:
1-299           $25.00 per kit
300-599       $23.50 per kit discounted rate of $1.50 per kit (includes royalties, printing, gst)
600-999       $19.50 per kit discounted rate of $5.50 per kit (includes royalties, printing, gst)

Lifeline is a not-for-profit Charitable Trust and we will always try combine orders to offer you the best price as you serve the community.

To order your kits please contact the Suicide Prevention Education Team: 09 909 9207 or
Terms and Conditions
We require at least 7 working days notice before your workshop date to get the kits to you.
A standard courier fee will be added to your order.
If you require an urgent dispatch we will need to charge an urgent fee.
Payment must be received BEFORE an order can be dispatched.