CAYAD Nelson is provided by Health Action Trust, serving Nelson/ Whakatu/Tasman/top of the south; Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui.  

Health Action started up in 1985 as an NGO focusing on health promotion. Since then we have become a Trust and extended our focus to provide both health promotion and mental health services. The Trust’s mission statement is “to work with communities to improve health and remove barriers that limit well-being”. 

You can read more about our organisation in our 25th anniversary historical book: Duncan, R. (2013) Health Action Trust, 1985-2010 – 25 Years in Nelson Community Health.

Staff profiles

Rosey Duncan - CAYAD Coordinator, 03 548 2798  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rosey has worked in CAYAD since 1999:

  • POLICY DEVELOPMENT – developed More Than Just a Policy toolkit to support youth organisations to develop / review drug policies. Eg: ATET, Whenua Iti, Youth Nelson and Nayland College.
  • CAPACITY BUILDING – TRAININGS: Nelson & Tasman youth councils’ youth participation staff trainings, & youth trainings on running meetings, 4-youth-by-youth events, submission writing.
  • CUPIT trainings (cannabis use problems identification)
  • CAPACITY BUILDING: EVALUATION PLANNING: support organisations to develop project or service delivery evaluation plan. eg: CHOICES safer partying performance tour, Rites of Passage Foundation, Street Ambassador Service, Stopping Violence Services.
  • PARENT ENGAGEMENT – collaborate with NMDHB Public Health Service to support parent engagement via schools. Hold parent discussion evenings on topics like risk taking / rites of passage / safety / communication etc.
  • RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT / SOCIAL MARKETING –development of various youth / parent resources including safer-partying resources and other components of larger social marketing campaigns.

Mary Ellis - CAYAD Manager, Health Action Trust , 03 548 2798  Email Mary

Mary writes: "I have worked for Health Action Trust for over 18 years, beginning part-time in 1994 as a Projects Manager. In 1997 I moved into the position of Support Manager for the White House Inc, which was one of the first Mental Health peer led day programmes in New Zealand. I stayed in this role for 15 years, taking over the position of Health Action’s Manager in January 2012.

Over this time, as well as my Support Management, I have been part of Health Action’s Project Management team securing further Mental Health Peer Led projects in Consumer Advocacy & Peer Support, a Peer led Pre-Crisis Intervention Service (4 bed residential) and the establishment of the Nelson Street Ambassador Service (night-time outreach youth work).

I am passionate about our Community Health Promotion services and see that CAYAD, through Community Action approaches, supports this community to address drug-related issues and reduce drug-related harm." 

Organisation details

Health Action Trust
26 New Street, Nelson 7010
PO Box 691 Nelson 7040
Tel. 03 548 2798 ext. 0

Other services

  • CAYAD alcohol and other drug health promotion
  • Mental health promotion (workplace and older people)
  • Street ambassador service (night-time outreach youth work)
  • Peer-led mental health services include:
    - Kotuku, a 4-bed pre-crisis residential house
    - COMPASS peer support and advocacy service
    - The White House day drop-in service.