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Ned Cook joined the Mapu Maia Wellington team and the minimising gambling harm sector in 2015. He brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of working in the addictions field for over two decades.

Ned was a man of deep conviction who ought to be highly honoured. He walked through this life with a strong faith, a gentle heart, and a pioneering spirit. In the addiction field he was steadfast and true. He was a pioneering member of DRUA – a voluntary national Pasifika addiction network and he served on the  Pacific Advisory Group (as well as former Chair) to the former Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

There are three things of many that Ned will be remembered for. Firstly, his faith. The strength and humility of his conviction. Every prayer thanking God for the gift of life. Secondly, his identity as a Tongan and the desire to do the best for the wider Pasifika family – both in the community and clinical space, as well as in the workforce development space. Lastly, his massive and generous heart to serve – going above and beyond, regardless of who it is.

In a few words he had a truly tender heart and carried himself with humility and courage. Ned Cook was a man of his word and action. "Well done good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21).

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