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CEO, Rubicon

Hi my name is Robert Nordstrom and I am the CEO for Rubicon. I have been in this role since May 2016.

My family has lived in Te Tai Tokerau, predominantly in the Kaipara area since 1988.

I have a passion for working with youth and I have coached Basketball at Whangarei Boys High School for the last 5 years.

My team won the Northland Secondary schools championship in 2016, the secondary school competition in 2016, placed 8th out of 25 teams a Regional secondary school champs for zone 1 in 2016, which is from Counties Manukau North, and came second in the Whangarei men’s premier grade for 2016.

My goal is to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to achieve their potential by completing mainstream education, and completing their high school years as positive role models for others to aspire to be.

Opportunity only knocks once, that opportunity has to be grasped with both hands and taken to the next level with inspirational, motivational and inspired leadership.

Office Manager

My previous roles have included working in communication centres, large corporate companies, a  manufacturing site and for a logistics company.

My family and I moved from Auckland for a change of lifestyle and I have been fortunate enough to have worked for Rubicon all this time.

I thoroughly enjoy my role as Office Manager as it is, while challenging at times,  it is also extremely rewarding being part of a dedicated team.

Youth AOD/CEP Counsellor/Team Leader
Registered DAPAANZ Practitioner
Bachelor of Applied Social Services majoring in Counselling
Certificate in Trauma Studies
COS Facilitator
ACC Provider

Kia Ora

I started my counselling service in Lifeline Whangarei as a Telephone Counsellor and delivered the Telephone Counselling training. During this time I completed my BASS training at North Tec majoring in Counselling.

I have spent time volunteering as a Youth Mentor at Te Ora Hou before finding my place in Rubicon Youth Services as a Counsellor.

Working in Kamo High School, Dargaville High School and  Whangarei Boys High School has given me a passion for working with young people and  now I am enjoying working with the Rubicon AOD/CEP team to deliver a much valued service to the young people in Te Tai Tokerau as Rubicon’s Team Leader.



Youth AOD/CEP Counsellor
Registered DAPAANZ Practitioner

Hey I'm Hayley

Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Social Services (Counselling Major), Certificate in Adult Education and Training.

Background: I have spent the past 5+ years working as an alcohol and drug counsellor and enjoy working with people to reach their goals.

About me: I was born and raised in Whangarei and enjoy spending time at the beach and wakeboarding. 

Youth AOD/CEP Counsellor

Kia Ora. My name is Stephenie.

I am a Dapaanz registered Alcohol and Drug Counsellor, working in a CEP (Co-existing Problems) Team. I am employed by Northland District Health Board and work alongside Rubicon.

My background is adolescence Mental Health.

I have a Bachelor in Social Services, major-Counselling. I also have a Certificate in Mental Health.

I am 39, married and have two young children.

I was born in Rotorua, but have lived in Whangarei most of my life. My Marae is Otamatea. My whanau from that area are the Lewis/De Souza Whanau.

I love working with young people and their Whanau and enjoy the Mahi that I do at Rubicon.

Youth AOD/CEP Counsellor
Registered DAPAANZ Practitioner

Tena koutou katoa.

Ko wai au?
Ko Auraki Toku Maunga
Ko Waitaki Toku Awa
Ko Takitimu Toku Waka
Ko Ngaitahu Toku Iwi
Ko Ngatimamoe Toku Hapu
Ko Arowhenua Toku Marae
Ko Amber Oliver Toku Ingoa

My tipuna are from the south, yet I have been blessed to have been raised in beautiful Te Tai Tokerau.

  • Bachelor of applied social services, achieved at Northtec
  • Certificate in mental health and addictions also gained through Northtec
  • Cerificate in Tikanga Maori, completed through Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
Mahi Whaiaro

Relationships and connection with all aspects of life is where my heart and mahi derives from. Working alongside Rubicon has given me the privilege and ability to develop these relationships and connections with our rangatahi, whanau and Te Tai Tokerau.

He waka eke noa - A canoe which we are all in with no exception

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa


Registered Nurse

I have always been passionate about working with and empowering young people.

My personal philosophy in nursing has been formed by Professor Mason Durie 1982, Te Whare Tapa wha model of holistic health and wellbeing.

While my primary focus is Taha tinana (Physical health) I believe that in order to achieve positive health outcomes for my clients, I also need to have an understanding of the other corners of the Whare -  Taha Wairua (Spiritual Health), Taha Whanau (Family health), and Taha Hinengaro (Mental health).

I hope to provide guidance that will assist clients to address any underlining issues that may affect their health and wellbeing.

Youth AOD/CEP Counsellor

My name is Heidi.

I hold a Bachelor of Health Science in Psychology from the Auckland University of Technology and am currently in the stages of completing my PG Cert in Alcohol and Drug studies at the University of Auckland.

I am 25 years old and I was born in Southampton in the United Kingdom but have been fortunate enough to be raised in Whangarei.

I have a passion for helping people and guiding youths in a positive direction to become the best they can be.

AoD-CEP Counsellor

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourouka ora ai te iwi

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

Kia Ora, My name is Swati Kapoor and I have recently joined Rubicon team in March 2019 as a AoD-CEP counsellor. I enjoy working with youth and believe in the whanau ora model. I have worked in various settings and was fortunate enough to get this opportunity to be able to work with our future (youth). I work in the community with international youth, migrants and individuals affected by domestic violence. I am also doing a few research projects and enjoy my Mahi.

On a personal front, I have gone through a journey myself and I can understand. I am very lucky to have a loving partner and a mischievous fur baby. I am passionate about cooking, yoga and travel. I would be interested to get to know you and your journey.  

Registered Counselling Psychologist (NZPB)

I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa and have been fortunate to live and work in Germany, Ireland and New Zealand. I trained in the 90s and completed my internship in 1996 with a focus on CBT, object relations theory and brief solutions focused approaches.

I spent 6 years in Auckland working with youth and adults in Community Mental Health, Behaviour Support and the Ministry of Education’s Wraparound Service.

In 2018 I decided to make the move to the “winterless north” and am passionate about providing young people with a dynamic and safe service which identifies their challenges and strengths and promotes the resilience and coping of whānau.

My work is heavily influenced by the guiding principle of FAMILY VOICE & CHOICE where supports are decided and driven by the young person and their whānau.

Youth AOD/CEP Counsellor
Registered DAAPANZ Practitioner and Supervisor 

NURSING COUNCIL Registered Nurse

I am passionate about youth and will use my specialties to assist young people to achieve the most they are able and be the best they can be for their future.

We will work together in positive ways so you are able to thrive and succeed.

CEP Counsellor/Family Therapist

Born in Canada of French and First Nation Canadian, moved to New Zealand 1971 where I worked as an underground miner at the Kaimai Tunnel. Lived in Australia for a few years and SE Asia for a year.

Did my first CV when I was 40 and recorded over 60 different jobs.

Have a degree in Social Work and Addictions, a Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health. Trained as a Family Therapist as part of those degrees.

Worked 5 years as Manager of Stopping Violence Dunedin, 2 years of the STOP Programme (working with teenage male sexual offenders).

I have worked in Adult Mental Health as a dual diagnosis counsellor and Child Adolescent Mental Health for 25 years also many years as a Family Therapist, Crisis Worker and on the In Patient Unit.

I am registered as a counsellor/supervisor for NZAC and a Supervisor for DAPAANZ. I am also a DAO Duly,  Authorised Officer for NDHB.

I have 3 grown up children and have lived in Whangarei for 10 years.

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