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Our People

Our People - Mike King  |  Dallas Gopi  |  Ezekiel (Zeek) Raui  |  Boris Sokratov

Our Board - Kyle MacDonald  |  David Codyre  |  Mike Dawes

Mike King

Founder and Ambassador

In a past life, Mike was one of NZ's most well known entertainers, but that role has changed dramatically since the conception of the radio show The Nutters Club back in 2009. The show evolved from Mike's own experience of mental illness and addiction and has become a huge success with it now airing weekly on Newstalk ZB on a Sunday evening.

These days Mike is better known for his work as a prominent mental health educator and Ambassador for The Key to Life Charitable Trust, which aims to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting positive social change.

Mike's uses an unorthodox approach when talking to youth and wider communities sharing his struggles with his inner critic and allowing people to recognise that everyone has problems and it is ok to ask for help.

Although suicide prevention is the big picture, Mike doesn't actively discuss it choosing to concentrate on delivering a hopeful message and connecting people, services and resources within the community.

Mike's work is invaluable to the Trust and his passion and dedication is unwavering.  Whether it be mentoring young men and women on a one to one basis, or visiting schools, Mike is always delivering his message of hope in some way or another.


 

Dallas Gopi

Funding Co-Ordinator

Dallas first met Mike in 2015 after returning from six months in India.

As well as accompanying Mike on his many talks around the country, Dallas is responsible for raising money to guarantee our Cool to Korero programme can be delivered to as many schools and communities as possible around Aoteoroa.


Ezekiel (Zeek) Raui

Youth Ambassador

Zeek is our "young gun" here at the Trust and is responsible for training our youth leaders in our Tu Kotahi programme.

Growing up in Northland, Zeek experienced too many suicides in his community which was the driving force behind getting involved with KTL.

Zeek is passionate about engaging with youth and empowering them to stand up to the challenges that are set before them.

Tu ki te wero, Tu Kotahi – Stand to the challenge, stand together.


Boris Sokratov

Producer – The Nutters Club radio show

Boris is the producer of the Nutters Club radio show on NewstalkZB every Sunday night. The show is funded by NZ on Air and features guests who share their personal stories to help others.

A successful business career spanning a wide range of business and community sectors has enabled him to develop an enviable network of contacts. Boris knows a tad about overcoming adversity, learning from failure, and what you need to do if you want to successfully build sustainable caring communities and multi-million dollar businesses.


OUR BOARD

Kyle MacDonald BA; MHSc(Hons.) MNZAP

Trustee

Kyle is an experienced psychotherapist who has worked for over 15 years in mental health, addiction, domestic violence and specialist psychotherapy programmes. He specialises in addictions, the effects of trauma and anxiety.

He is a regular NZ Herald columnist and co-host of the NewstalkZB Key to Life radio show The Nutter's Club.  He was one of the initiators of the People's Mental Health Review a joint project with Mike King and Action Station in 2017 that sought to highlight the crisis in mental health series leading into the 2017 election.


David Codyre MBChB (1980), FRANZCP (1989)

Trustee

David is a psychiatrist with over 30 years experience working in the community mental health sector in New Zealand, in a range of clinical and leadership roles. He has spent the past 15 years leading development of primary mental health programmes, and advocating at a regional and national level for strengthening of primary mental health capacity, along with better support for primary care from secondary mental health services.

David has also been a longstanding advocate for improvement in mental health services, and for development of peer support services for people with mental health.

David co-hosted The Nutters Club radio/TV show with Mike for its first 5 years, and has also worked with Mike developing the school based youth suicide prevention programme.


Mike Dawes

Trustee / Interim Chairman

Mike is our resident techy and has vast experience working in the IT sector both in NZ and the UK from hands on delivery to managing large delivery teams.

In late 2013, following the suicide of his friend and boxing coach, Mike decided to pull together a charity boxing event (IT Heavy Hitters)to raise money for a suicide-prevention related cause which saw him connect with Mike King and the Trust.

Since then, Mike and his team continue to pump out the successful annual IT Heavy Hitters event in Wellington and Auckland, with KTL as its beneficiary of all funds raised.

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