The Starfish Team

July 19, 2016

Sara Bright

Managing Director

20160729_144326Sara is a therapist at Starfish who has an extensive 20 year history working with young people.  She has worked with youth in a variety of social service and educational settings, including Government agencies and NGO’s. Her passion for young people and supporting positive change in their lives is the driving force behind the creation of Starfish.

Sara is a registered Senior Practitioner Social Worker.  She holds a post graduate qualification in Health Science, with a specialisation in alcohol and drug studies and co-existing problems.  She also holds an entry level teaching qualification. Sara is a qualified Social Services Supervisor, and has supervised social work students, social workers, and youth workers. Sara has experience in family therapy, working with high need families/whānau with challenging behaviour and/or mental health needs.


Abi Patene

Social Worker

starfish projectAbi is a vibrant, focused woman of Taranaki iwi decent, who has a number of roles at Starfish Project.  Abi is a registered Social Worker, and adds a youthful, positive perspective to the Starfish team.

Abi offers Social Work support to key Starfish Project contracts.  Her ability to mentor and support our rangatahi  is key to the integrated support that Starfish Project delivers.


Rose Haskell

Employment Coordinator

20248435_827520527406617_6882407004476375306_oRose is of Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi and Ngati Awa descent, and has a special interest in cultures and societies.  Rose completed an honours degree in Social Sciences, majoring in Sociology and Political Sciences at the University of Waikato.

Rose holds a strategic role at Starfish Project as Employment Coordinator.  Rose’s role is to support young people in their quest to secure validating employment or educational opportunities.  Rose has developed vital relationships with key stakeholders and employers, and is focused on the best outcomes possible for the clients of Starfish Project.