Ki te taha o tōku pāpā
He uri ahau o Ngāpuhi me Ngāti Porou
Ko Bristowe te whānau
Ki te taha o tōku māmā me tōku pāpā whāngai
Ko Ngāti Pākehā me Ngāti Ingarangi ngā iwi
Ko Kerri Butler tōku ingoa
My passion for working in the sector is inspired during my teen years when my mum was doing her placement as a student nurse at Kingseat Hospital. I know my Nanny and her older sister had spent a lot of time in institutions like Kingseat Hospital and that much of the ‘care’ they received had not been positive. The knowledge planted a seed in me to want to challenge and change practices that had a negative impact.
My experiences of two decades of accessing services bought me to work in the Mental Health sector eleven years ago. I have worked in various lived experience and non-lived experience roles across Non-Government Organisations (NGO) and District Health Board (DHB) spaces. In 2014, I established my own consultancy business. I used my adult education, business and project management skills to develop training programmes and deliver projects that ensured the voice of lived experience is paramount.
In 2016 I was blessed to be part of the founding rōpū of Te Kete Pounamu as one of two representatives for the Tāmaki Makaurau rohe. In 2018 I took on a dual role. I came to work for Te Rau Ora where my role as the Pouwhakahaere, Te Kete Pounamu is to work alongside the National rōpū to develop and deliver the lived experience programmes and initiatives that are informed by our whānau at local, regional and national levels.