Our Current Council Members

A special thank you to our valued council members, elected every two years, whose time, energy and efforts help to ensure Music Therapy New Zealand is able to achieve it’s intended purpose.

Would you like to be part of the Music Therapy New Zealand council & be an active contributor to the development and advocacy of Music Therapy in Aotearoa? 2022 is an election year and we will be seeking nominations to join us. 

Linda Webb


Elected President Linda Webb MNZM (Auckland) works in an advisory capacity & co-opted as special purpose Council & Secretariat member. Linda is a music educator researcher & advocate, has previous NFP governance & leadership roles, including the inaugural Chair Advisory Group for the Master of Music Therapy Course. Linda’s portfolios include the Financial & Project Grants Groups, NZSM & McKenzie Schaolarship liason, McKenzie Music Therpay Centre business development, advocacy projects, Health & Aotearoa Crisis Intervention Special Interest Groups, Symposium Comittee, funding & Strategic Planning.

Helen Dowthwaite


Elected Chair Helen Dowthwaite, (South Auckland) November 2021. Helen moved to NZ from UK in 2006, has an bachelor of Arts in Arts therapies (Univerity of Derby, UK), & qualified as NZ Registered Music Therapist in May 2012, obtaining her Masters of Music Therapy. Clincial experience is with children & young people with varying developmental & diverse needs, 2016 co-founded & worked as Clinical Manager for the Music Moves Me Trust, a charity providing Music Therapy for people with dementia in the Waikato. Has an interest in job creation and established a MTh position at Hospice Waikato, working in palliative care with children & adults. Has previously been a member MThNZ Council 2019 & has presented at various institutions & professional forums. Helen resides in Clevedon with her 2 young children & runs a dairy farming business. Roles on council include administration, governance & secretariat, portfolio management, communications and engagement.

Stephen Guerin

Lay Member

Stephen Guerin (Christchurch & Auckland) co-opted lay member for special purpose. Stephen has interest in music & visual art. Stephen’s roles and experience includes: executive governance & company director, Board member Northern Netball & Mystics, Institute of Directors & Leadership NZ, business & rural networks incl local iwi, health & safety & wellness, CEO, chartered accountant, banking, finance, investment, superannuation fund mgmt, restructuring & strategic planning, IT. His current roles on council include governance & secretariat, finance, IT & Digital.

Rachel Austin


Rachel Austin (Wellington) NZRMTh Graduated in 2020 as a mature student. Former primary & early childhood educator; not for profit & volunteer organisations; church governance. Paediatric music therapy. Private practice with young people with learning difficulties or ADHD & older people in residential care. 2019 MThNZ Council, Student/New Graduate Liaison, Chair Project Grants Group, support Helen with MusT; upgrading Business/Private Practice resource pack; video project group; bicultural group.

Jasmine Tietjens

Lay Member

Jasmine Tietjens (Wellington), piano, ukelele, music and arts, community Board governance, corporate Board Secretary & legal counsel, diplomatic protocol, public sector networks, operations & finance, continuing journey in Te Reo, executive general manager & leadership development, health & safety, change & risk management, design thinking and strategic planning.

Andrew Tierney

Lay Member

Andrew Tierney (Wellington) son music therapy sessions, guitar & sings, photography, governance roles, international Boards, Institute of Directors, executive general manager, project & organisational change management, accounts, P&L reporting, business networks, strategic & business & operational planning, international IT telecommunications, software & sales

Ella Polcyzk


Ella Polczyk-Przybyla (Hawkes Bay) RMTh from the UK, trained as a musician from a young age focusing on jazz performance & specialising in playing the clarinet & saxophone. Toured throughout UK & internationally with jazz bands, developed understanding & knowledge of jazz at Bath Spa Uni Worked in California teaching music & horse riding, studied MTh at Univ West England & working with children with special educational needs, adults with mental health difficulties & people affected by HIV/AIDS. Final year uni set up a MTh programme in Uganda at a centre for HIV/AIDS clients. Interest working with individuals from different cultures & settings, & charity supporting young people experiencing trauma & school for the deaf. Currently Regional Centre Manager for Raukatauri MTh Ccentre in Hawke’s Bay delivering MTh to a diverse range of clients. 2021 MThNZ Council

Katie Pureti


Katie Pureti (Northland) Registered Music Therapist & co-director of Mauri Tui Tuia Creative Therapies NZ, in Whangārei, Tai Tokerau. 2012-2017, founder & director of Shoeless, a charity & advocacy organisation supporting rural schools in Cambodia. Music teaching in tertiary, secondary & primary education, & Cambodian prisons, Masters MTh Victoria Uni (2015-2017). Joined Raukatauri MTh Trust as MTh, working with children & adults with trauma, disabilities, & mental health needs, & opened Northland branch as Raukatauri’s Regional Centre Manager. Present at leadership & MTh conferences, schools, churches & education centres across NZ, 2021 Council Member MThNZ.