Auditors and evaluators review Ministry funded services and identify areas that require further improvement. They also ensure the achievement of quality of life outcomes and the safety of people who use a particular service.

Here is a list of lead evaluators and auditors for Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled people. 

Margaret Wyllie & Associates

Margaret Wyllie

(Registered Nurse, Dip. Health Economics)

Margaret has been a qualified Quality Auditor since 1999, undertaking developmental evaluations for Ministry funded disability supports and services. Margaret also spent 18 years working at management level in the aged-care sector. Margaret was an elected member of the Waikato Area Health Board and worked with Midland Health and the former Regional Health Authority in their disability services.

Dr Aloma Parker

Dr Aloma Parker is a clinical psychologist with a background in mental health management in the public and NGO sectors. Having been involved in deinstitutionalisation and development of community residential services, she has conducted developmental evaluations since 1999 to assure that community services are as good as they can be.

She initially trained and worked for Standards and Monitoring Services (SAMS) then spent nine years on SAMS Trust Board before working independently.

Hayley Lord

(PGDip. Practical Psychology, MHSM, PGDip. Psychology)

Hayley is a Community Psychologist with 20 years experience in community health.  As an experienced auditor, Hayley has used her training and knowledge of the sector to audit public and private providers across general practice, mental health, disability and community health organisations. 

Hayley brings a positive and participative approach to audits and has a particular passion for supporting client led and culturally safe environments.

Standards and Monitoring Services (SAMS)

Audrey Buel

(BSc. Psychology)

Audrey has led evaluation teams for SAMS since 1991. Previously, in the United States, Audrey worked with the deaf and was part of a work-based centre helping people realise their potential and creating social opportunities for young people. Audrey is an advocate for enhanced communication. Audrey has also been the Sign Advisor for Makaton New Zealand/Aotearoa since 1997.

Lianne Clarke

Lianne’s primary role with SAMS is as a team leader of service evaluation. Lianne is also involved in co-facilitating the Carers’ courses.

Lianne is a teacher, a Mum and keenly interested in ensuring all people have access to the information they need to make choices in their lives. Lianne has a commitment to a developmental approach to working with services to meet the choices and preferences of people as they evolve.

Lianne has worked for SAMS for over 12 years but her primary experience comes from being a family member of people who access services. Lianne believes strongly in the work SAMS is involved in and the focus of promoting quality of life for individuals.

Julie Senescall

Julie has over 25 years experience in the Disability and Learning support areas. Julie joined SAMS two years ago.

She has worked in a range of roles including, moving disabled people out of an institution in the late 80’s, coordinating services and support, advocacy, and teaching and training at both secondary and tertiary levels. Most recently she worked for 11 years as Head of Department Learning Support (SENCO) in a secondary school.

She has also learned a significant amount from supporting a family member with learning support needs. Julie is strongly committed to inclusion in schools and the importance of all disabled people being part of their local communities.

Mana Ātea

(previously My Place Aotearoa)

Rangi Pouwhare, Managing Director of Mana Ātea external URL has more than 30+ years’ experience as a leader and change agent, proactively developing and maintaining strong productive relationships to achieve Māori outcomes.

Rangi comes from a whānau steeped in tikanga and āhuatanga Māori, based on a strong Tūhoe foundation. Those principles and values have influenced every decision and initiative that Ms Pouwhare has made throughout her life. With this experience, Mana Ātea integrates tikanga Māori support into the delivery of services.

Rangi Pouwhare provides tikanga expertise and support in audit and evaluation. Fluent Te Reo speaker and qualified translator Rangi has a deep knowledge and understanding of Te Ao Māori. Rangi has extensive knowledge of the disability sector and approaches of care that improve managing outcomes for people with disabilities.