Higher Ground

About Us

Higher Ground is committed to providing individual and family counselling in a safe and consistent manner.

We provide rehabilitation programmes that are based on 12 Step recovery principles. We believe the spiritual dimensions of honesty, open mindedness, willingness, faith, hope, respect and generosity are the foundations of healing. We emphasise that clients need to take individual responsibility for their recovery.

The Higher Ground Drug Rehabilitation Trust was established in Auckland in 1984 to treat the severely dependent. We provide quality abstinence based treatment, within a Therapeutic Community for adult New Zealanders. Our primary focus is our 18 week residential programme. Higher Ground is a Charitable Trust overseen by a Board of Trustees.

Officers and Staff

Set out below are Higher Ground’s senior staff members and their telephone contact details:

  • Programme DirectorJohnny DowPhone: 834 0017 ext 106
  • Finance ManagerBill JordanPhone: 834 0017 ext 107
  • AdministratorPam CoxPhone: 834 0017 ext 104
  • Clinical ManagerOtto MengedohtPhone: 834 0017 ext 116
  • Admissions Team LeaderMaree MathewsPhone: 834 0017 ext 101 or DDI 834 0042

Our Trustees

Higher Ground Drug Rehabilitation Trust operates under the governance of an appointed Board of Trustees. The Trustees meet on a regular basis and ensure the operations of the Trust are run in accordance with the provisions of the Trust Deed. The Trustees operate on a voluntary basis and the expertise they bring to the Board is vital to the ongoing viability of the Trust.

  • Janet ColbyChairperson – Counsellor
  • Antonia Fisher QCBarrister
  • Paul O’SullivanCompany Director
  • Fiona HowardPsychologist / Senior Tutor
  • Marino SherwinMinister
  • Shane HusseyChartered Accountant
  • Paula ParsonageConsultant
  • William RaingerMedical Consultant
  • Karl RobinsonConsultant(Honorary Trustee)
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