This presentation will explore the development of a cultural competent drug court model, that privileges experience based expertise, and examine its positive outcomes. It will provide a case study of Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua/The Alcohol and Other Drug Court in Aotearoa. The presentation will use digital storytelling that features key court professionals to bring to life the cultural framework of the court. Called the two-house -model, this cultural framework aims to make connections between Maori and Western worldviews, and provide an indigenous structure to the court and treatment settings. Within the two-house model, peer support features significantly, and the exact nature of this role and its power to facilitate positive change for participants, will be illustrated. The digital storytelling will supported by qualitative research findings founded over 200 hours courtroom observation, interviews with the court team professionals (n=25), and document analysis, to explain how the cultural framework fits within the wider therapeutic philosophy that underpins the practices of professionals Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua.


Katey Thom
University of Auckland
Senior Research Fellow

Biography: Katey is a interdisciplinary researcher using social science methodologies to explore the law/health interface with specific reference to mental health and addictions. Her current research critically explores the social investment policy models in practice within criminal justice system, and mental health and addictions services in the community. This has included ethnographic case studies of Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua/The Alcohol and Other Drug Court, Nga Kooti Rangatahi (youth courts on marae) and Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou (homeless court in Auckland). Other recent research has also considered the role of peer support, advance care planning in mental health, the implications of the United Nation Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disability in New Zealand and police responses to mental distress and psychiatric advance directives.


Dave Burnside
Odyssey House New Zealand
Peer Support Manager Dave is a 58 year old recovering addict, who spent 37 years in the cycle of addiction, offending and imprisonment. He has worked as a Peer Support worker for the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court for over five years following its launch in 2012, and is now managing the new Peer Support team based at the Odyssey Adult programme in Auckland, New Zealand. Today Dave is a proud father, with a rich life in recovery, doing service to others and the community, engaged in tertiary study and celebrating his transformation and reconnection to the real world.

Biography: Dave is a 58 year old recovering addict, who spent 37 years in the cycle of addiction, offending and imprisonment. He has worked as a Peer Support worker for the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court for over five years following its launch in 2012, and is now managing the new Peer Support team based at the Odyssey Adult programme in Auckland, New Zealand. Today Dave is a proud father, with a rich life in recovery, doing service to others and the community, engaged in tertiary study and celebrating his transformation and reconnection to the real world.


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