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Dr James Arkwright


James grew up and started his working life in rural communities, shepherding and shearing, which changed when he incurred a permanent spinal cord injury.

For the last twenty plus years he has been involved with social services, community work and tertiary education and has worked for the University of Auckland, Unitec Institute of Technology, South Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB. He currently works at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, Tauranga, where is the Head of Research and a Senior Educator, teaching in the professional practice and counselling programmes, and provides guest lecturing for the social work programme.

James holds the degrees of a Doctor of Education and a Master of Counselling (Hons), and is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC).

James is deeply committed to the work of community trusts and sees the work of Te Tuinga Whanau Support Services as providing tautoko and manaakitanga for all those who come in the Te Tuinga door. He feels privileged to be able to serve as a board member of the trust and sees the collective mahi of the board, management and staff as a great example of:

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi Engari, he toa takitini

Success is not the work of one, but the work of many

James is married to Sherilene, who works in the area of health and ageing as a social worker, and they have two school aged children.