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Liz MessinaRegional Manager, TalkLink Lower North Island


Liz’s role as Regional Manager is complemented by her responsibilities as the senior speech-language therapist in the Wellington office. These two roles are both challenging and rewarding as she leads the team across the Lower North Island

Liz’s personal philosophy is to enable all people to be the best that they can be. To that end, she sees her role as ensuring that clients get the best quality of service as possible, and helping to create an environment within TalkLink that supports personal growth for all staff. This means that staff are supported to ensure that the team can grow professionally through ongoing education, training and career development. The aim is for TalkLink to continually improve the quality of services it provides to clients.


Assistive Technology Consultant

Following his many years as a computer engineer with IBM, Jim graduated from the New Zealand School of Occupational Therapy in 1986. After two clinical jobs overseas in Australia and Canada he returned to New Zealand in 1992 to help establish the TalkLink service in Auckland. As senior engineer he re-located to Wellington in 2000 to help establish this second branch of TalkLink.

He is passionate about his role in assisting client’s to become contributing members of society by enabling them to communicate.  His present role as Assistive Technology Consultant allows him to support the branch aspiration of becoming a Centre of Excellence.



Administration Manager – Technical Support

Al has had many years of experience in administrative roles and his keen interest in technology aptly enables him to fulfill this demanding role. His job has responsibilities including the establishment and maintenance of all system requirements in consultation with clinicians and the Management Team. His skills are essential in resolving issues with the in-house technical systems as well as providing prompt solutions for client equipment.

His administrative role include the oversight of a smooth running system which ensures that all administrative requirements are fulfilled and ensure professional barrier free access to services by clients, their support staff and families..

Graphic Designer

Following the completion of her a Diploma in Graphic Design, Ruth has had extensive experience in her field. She develops and creates all of the design for low technology communication systems. She selects the content of, and produces graphical communication documents using specialised computer programmes. These documents are used in communication boards or books and as pictorial overlays in high technology communication devices.


Administration and Equipment SupportClaire-Thorntonweb

Following her career as a social worker which involved her in the support of children and families, Claire joined TalkLink in 2012. In the very busy role of administration which includes the management of the client referral process, she provides excellent support for the whole team in all administrative functions.


Pauline GreenOccupational Therapist

Pauline joined the TalkLink team at Wellington in January 2009. Prior to this, she studied sports and therapeutic massage, and sport and recreation in Hawkes Bay. Ultimately deciding to study Occupational Therapy, she subsequently graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2008

As the senior Occupational Therapist on the TalkLink Lower North Island team, she is involved in assessing the functional abilities of clients in regard to supporting their independent access to both written and spoken communication technology. Pauline provides support to staff with her Occupational therapy expertise.


Jessica Hunter-WilsonSpeech-Language Therapist

Following the completion of her studies at the University of Canterbury in 2013 she joined the TalkLink team in 2014. Jess provides services over the western half of the lower North Island region including Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti Coast, Palmerston North, Wanganui and New Plymouth areas. She carries out assessments in order to determine the most effective assistive technology solutions for her clients; makes applications for funding from government agencies and provides training and support for her clients.


HannahSpeech-Language Therapist

Originally from Wales, Hannah moved from the United Kingdom to Christchurch in 2012 following the completion of her studies at Sheffield University. She has had a varied role in clinical practice working with both children and adults. She has a passion for assistive technology and since joining the Wellington TalkLink team in May 2014 she has been instrumental in providing services in the Eastern part of our region including Masterton, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.

She conducts assessments in order to determine the most effective assistive technology solutions for her clients; makes applications for funding from government agencies and provides training and support in the use of assistive technology for her clients.


Speech-Language Therapist

Janet has just re-joined the Wellington team in a part-time role. She graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in Education. She also studied at the University of Canterbury, completing a Bachelor of Speech-Language Therapy (Hons).

She has worked in a variety of settings with both children and adults with communication delays and disorders. This has included working in healthcare settings/hospitals and with the Ministry of Education, with preschool and school aged children. She has experienced a range of communication and learning needs and worked with a number of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. She finds it exciting to see how communication and learning can be transformed with different AAC systems.

Janet will be providing speech-language therapy services for TalkLink LNI in the Hutt Valley.

Kate CharlesworthwebOccupational Therapist

Kate recently graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the Otago Polytechnic, when she took up a position at Dunedin Hospital. She is also completing an Occupational Therapy Honours programme and is enjoying the balance between clinical work and study. Her studies are related to the application of video game technology, and its use as an intervention in clinical practice.

Kate is providing support to clients in the processes of training, equipment trials and client support.


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