Our Team
Meet our ACC Sensitive Claims team

Elizabeth Florance

Director / Counsellor

Kia ora – Welcome

Our Services are here to provide understanding and healing for people from all sorts of different backgrounds. We hope to especially provide services that are helpful to Maori and Maori cultural needs.

My family comes from the South Island, with ancestors originally from the British Isles. I was born and brought up in Palmerston North, and I have loved living in Gisborne since 1993.

In my role as Director, I am available to meet our new clients and help them find a therapist for their ACC sensitive claims counselling.

As a Counsellor, I work with some of our adult sensitive claims clients. We work at your pace, on your healing journey. I use a variety of therapy models, and I am trained in Interactive Drawing Therapy.

I work from an office at 74 Grey Street (the old Post Office building). We are open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm (close 4.30pm Wednesdays); I am available to see clients from 9am onwards.

Vivienne Sigley



Janet McGahan


Hi, I’m the receptionist/administrator here at Living Waters – Waiora Ltd. I’m the first person you might see when you visit, or talk to when you phone us.

I’ve been here since 2014, and I enjoy meeting all the different people who come in through our door. We welcome people of all ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds.

We always have the kettle on for a cup of tea, or a cold water for you. 

You are most welcome here. Come on in.


Mike Payne


I am of English descent, born in Brighton on the East Coast of Sussex.  I am married with four grown children and two grandchildren.

My hobbies include learning to play the viola, gardening and many other things that seem to grab my interest.  I’m also trying to spend as much time as possible with the grandchildren, which is a great new experience for me.

In 1983 I qualified as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and soon after, as a family, we moved to New Zealand. I worked with adults in alcohol and drug services after completing a qualification in Alcohol Counselling.

In 2008 I started to work at Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (ICAMHS) and studied Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  My experience includes working with children who have issues such as trauma, ADHD, anxiety, autism, anger and other social problems that children face today.

I trained in child centered play therapy in 2016 & 2017. In 2018 I completed training in Filial Therapy, a therapy that trains parents to be play therapists for their own children.

I have been working full time with adults and children in a private capacity since 2018.  When working with adults my preferred approach is using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) a therapy I have been using and continually upskilling in for the past few years.

My counselling room is based in the Poverty Bay Club.  Working hours are usually 8am – 6pm.

Sindy van Zyl


My family and I relocated to New Zealand in 2017 and happily decided Gisborne would be our new home. Prior to moving to New Zealand, I spent 6 years working for the South African Police’s Psychological Service, assisting members of the service, their families and the public,with their various life challenges. The South African Police Services provided me with in-depth knowledge and experience in the treatment of trauma, depression, grief, anxiety, substance dependence and anger management.

I enjoy working with adults and adolescents using a variety of therapy models. My approach to therapy is flexible based on the client’s needs. I believe effective counselling and support begins and ends with the client’s needs and goals as a top priority.  I also believe counselling should be a collaborative process that can facilitate healing through a process of trust and authentic communication.

Clients have internal and external resources that they can draw upon when constructing solutions to the challenges they face. I use different interventions at different times during the counselling process based on the client’s journey.

I remain open to my own growth and journey as a counsellor with the outlook that there is always room to learn more and develop further.I see clients at my office in Salisbury Road, Gisborne.

As a wife and mother of 2 boys, I love life and enjoy an active lifestyle. My personal stance to the all-allusive “success” in life, is balance. Too much of anything is not a good thing. I have a holistic view of life and believe true happiness comes from balance: physically, spiritually, psychologically and socially.

Martin Hiha


I was born in Gisborne, and I whakapapa to the East Coast and Wairoa/Napier.

The age group I work with is children 10yrs and over, teenagers and adults. Therapies are mostly CBT, Gestalt, and Narrative therapy; as well as use of my own model He Timatanga Hou.  Approach is a mix of strengths based, behavioural models, with a view to building the foundation of the person where  appropriate.

My workplace is in Childers Road, near Harvey Norman. 

If home visits are necessary, this can be worked out at the outset of the counselling

Hours: Monday to Friday 8 - 5, late appointments to fit around work can be arranged from 5 - 7pm

Dani Astengo


Kath Shanahan


I joined Living Waters - Waiora in March 2017, coming from an extensive background in Mental Health (12yrs.) I am originally from the UK, immigrating to New Zealand with my family in 1973. I have two adult sons and a long-term partner. My interests are reading, watching movies (mainly drama) and listening to a wide variety of music.

In my practice I work from a Client Centred, Strengths Based model, with a strong focus on the empowerment of the client. I am adaptable in my approach to working with people and am happy to meet with them wherever they feel the most comfortable. My hours are also fairly flexible (weekends and after hours, if needed), and I have experience in working with family/whanau, and across all ages and cultures, with a strong emphasis on Maori (who generally make up 80-90% of my client base).

Margaret Rishworth


Sometimes our thoughts and feelings can overwhelm and trap us to the point where it becomes difficult to cope with everyday life. I provide a safe space for people to share their challenges, and to find new ways of moving forward.

I work mainly with adults and adolescents.

I work with a range of cultures and worldviews, an aspect of my work I particularly appreciate.

I value each person’s uniqueness, and use a variety of counselling approaches tailored to specific needs (e.g. Narrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Transactional Analysis, and Interactive Drawing Therapy).

My focus in recent years has been on extending my knowledge of how to work with trauma, particularly that caused by abuse.

I have trained in Mindfulness, a valuable tool allowing people to stop their thoughts and feelings overwhelming and controlling them.

I find Interactive Drawing Therapy particularly useful for some people as it allows them to access their internal world quickly and safely.

I am married with adult children and grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy walking in nature, reading, yoga, having fun with my grandchildren and the family’s dogs. I also love travelling to new places to experience different cultures.

Location: Peel Street, in the CBD.

Availability: Monday to Friday 9-5.


Matt Pennell

Counsellor / Social Worker

Ko Ngati Rua Pani ki Rongowhakaata te Iwi, Ko Matiu Pennell toku ingoa 

After growing up in Wellington and living in both Australia and England, I returned to Tairawhiti to be with whanau.

Tairawhiti is where I began my journey as a Social Worker and has ultimately brought me to my present career in supporting whanau in distress. I have worked with whanau across the life span in different spaces from schools, within secondary services and community.

I am fortunate to be part of the Living Waters- Waiora team and hope some of my experience and varied approaches benefit whanau here in Te Tairawhiti.

My pathway and challenge to be leaderful for my whanau and in my mahi has only come when sitting in spaces of diversity and curiosity. In these spaces, I have learnt and accepted that failing successfully has been a catalyst to my personal growth. I am forever an active learner, Ka ma te Ariki, Ka ma te Tauira.

I have many different types of approaches when working with whanau: Mahi-a-Atua, open dialogue and strength-based practice to name a few.

I am available after hours, Saturdays and Sundays when arranged.

I enjoy spending my spare time with whanau and friends, fishing and being at the beach.

Nga mihi.




Nadine von Rothkirch

Clinical Psychologist

I am passionate about assisting clients to make positive change, develop resilience and overcome personal challenges through the integrated use of evidence based techniques that are chosen to meet the requirements of the individual and their whānau.

In addition to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, I incorporate Mindfulness techniques in my work as well as aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Exposure Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, and Compassion Focussed Therapy to facilitate healing and growth. I work collaboratively with the client to ensure a shared understanding of their difficulties, and use strength based approaches to support the learning of new skills.

I am able to provide psychological assessment, diagnosis and evidence-based treatment for a variety of mental health and emotional difficulties, including Depression, Worry/Stress/Anxiety, Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress, Panic, Compulsions and Obsessions, Eating Disorders, Loss and Grief, and Interpersonal Relationship Difficulties. I am an ACC approved provider for assessments and therapy for victims of sexual abuse.

My private practice is centrally located in Grey Street. Alongside my private practice, I work as a Clinical Psychologist for Te Whare Oranga, the adult community mental health and addictions team. I trained in Germany and Australia and have worked in private practice and hospital settings in Germany for 5 years before coming to New Zealand in 2014.

My favourite things to do when I'm not at work include spending time with my family and friends, reading, and enjoying the outdoors. Come holiday time, we are keen trampers and campers and love to explore New Zealand.

Kim Bunyan

Clinical Psychologist

Ka tangi te titi, Ka tangi te kaka, Ka tangi hoki ko ahau. Tihei Mauri Ora!

Kia Ora Koutou

Ko Jakobs Kop tōku māunga

Ko Vaal tōku awa

Ko Cathay Pacific tōku waka

Ko Pākehā tōku iwi

Ko afriki te tonga tōku hapū

I te tahi o tōku matua

Ko Elizabeth tōku kuia

Ko Jack tōku koroua

Ko Peter rāua ko Virginia ōku mātua

He huatahi au.

Ko Kim tōku ingoa

No Kirikiroa ahau

Ko Paul tōku hoa tane.

Ko Tipene taku tama

Ko Felicia taku kotiro

Mahi ahau hei tohunga hinengaro.

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

I am a South African trained clinical psychologist who has worked mainly in New Zealand, I initially lived in Gore in Southland and then the lovely Invercargill and Oraka Aparima, now I have a home in Tairawhiti and in Hamilton.

I have been fortunate enough to work in various settings.  I have had the opportunity to work with many different people since I moved to Aotearoa in 1996.  My clinical experience includes children, adolescents, adults and people with physical disability and developmental delay.

Marta Anna Ferreira (Marty)

Clinical Psychologist

I am a Gisborne based Clinical Psychologist.  I am originally from Johannesburg, South Africa and I have been living in Gisborne since March 2015.

I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist across a diverse range of contexts eg, the South African Defence Force (Infantry, Special Forces, Parabats, Medical Corps, Air Force and Navy) as well as within organisational, mining, hospital and school environments. I have also worked in private practice, specialising in individual therapy as well as relationship and family therapy.

When arriving in Gisborne, I worked at iCAMHS until August 2017 and then pursued a private practice opportunity in Gisborne, working with individuals eligible for ACC sensitive claims, individuals in traumatic brain injury recovery programmes as well as with individuals who are recovering from injuries sustained at work.  I also continue to work with adolescents and adults as well as couples and families.

I work within a systemic framework which would include all aspects pertaining to an individual, couple or family eg. home, work and social environments.  I am also committed to following a kaupapa Maori approach to individuals, couple and whanau if requested.

My business is located in Salisbury Road, near the beach. I am available to see clients most days. By special arrangement, I can see clients after hours.


Rosina Reiri (Rose)

Social Worker

I te taha o toku papa no Ngati kahungunu ki Wairarapa

I te taha o toku mama

Ko Hikurangi te Maunga

Ko Waiapu te awa

Ko Ngati Porou te iwi

Ko Horouta te waka


With a background in social work, I started with Stand for Children Services while in the first years of my study. On the completion of study, I wanted to broaden my skillset and went to support Mama & Pepi within an iwi organisation. Working for the iwi and giving back to our people is a passion.

I love the challenge therefore I worked in a few different secondary services finding learnings where it became restricting and creating spaces for me to grow.

I am passionate about connecting to oranga whakapapa, our purakau and matauranga Maori.

Identity and finding connections to our environment and culture is healing for me so love working in a holistic way to support our tamariki, Rangatahi and whanau in distress.

I am privileged to be working alongside a great team within the ACC space and also alongside our whanau.


Mauri ora,

Venice Thompson

Social Worker

Mahala Reynolds

Social Worker / Counsellor


David Florance


Living Waters – Waiora is a wonderful counselling service that is doing a lot for the East Coast. My role is a support role, doing repairs and maintenance, driving, and provided any other support as needed. I have a background in trades, as a tradesman painter who also enjoyed a bit of building. I have also been a bus & truck driver and like to develop property.

I come from the Hawkes Bay originally, and moved to Gisborne in 1967. So I’ve lived through Bola! I’m married to Elizabeth, and like to do anything I can to support her with this business.

My interests are Christianity, and music.