Our bloggers

DPSNBarbara Pike

Barbara is the Online Project Manager for DPSN. Barbara has a Masters in Health Science and is a registered Counselling Psychologist. When not online for DPSN she specialises in supporting clients with substance use concerns. As a regular blogger for DPSN, Barbara enjoys debating issues of diversity across all areas of society, but particularly in relation to mental health and addictions.

annaAnna Nelson

Anna has been a project manager for DPSN since it began in 2009. In 2014 her role shifted to Social Media Moderator for DPSN. Anna has a physical disability, but doesn’t let it dictate her life. Anna enjoys social change in action and she views DPSN as a vehicle for promoting and supporting communities, cultures and diverse perspectives within the arena of social change.

unnamed-2Sam Orchard

Sam is responsible for DPSN’s monthly vlogs. He is a queer trans man who wants to live in a world where all our differences, nuances and complexities are celebrated. As a comic artist he’s been showcased in featured in national and international publications – you can read his comics at Rooster Tails.

1653680_10200703324504220_1018221146_nNikki Frittmann

Nikki Frittmann is a notetaker and reader/writer for students with disabilities at AUT University. She has Spina Bifida and lives in Auckland with her husband and two cats. Every second month she shares her musings with DPSN.

Philip 1Philip Patston

Philip has over 25 years professional experience in counselling, social work, human rights promotion, creative and social entrepreneurship, as well as leadership. He also had a thirteen-year career as a professional, award-winning comedian (1997-2010). Philip is Managing Director of Diversity New Zealand, which powers DPSN. Philip’s diverse professional career combines with the somewhat paradoxical life experience as a gay, caucasian man with unique function (disability), which is the foundation for the leading approach to the work we do.