Peter Thorburn: A Journey of Transformation

Director at Meth Education and Solution Services and Clinician for AOD

Peter Thorburn triumphed over a challenging 23-year battle with addiction, including 8 years of dependency on methamphetamine. Following his release from prison in 2005 on drug-related charges, Peter experienced a profound transformation that set him on a path of recovery and personal growth.

Motivated by a strong desire to make a positive impact in the field of mental health and addiction, Peter pursued higher education and attained an undergraduate degree along with postgraduate qualifications. He is an AOD clinician, clinical supervisor, consumer representative, and a facilitator of inspiring and empowering training opportunities not only for professionals working in the sector, but our young people within schools and alternative education environments, also in places that many would deem hard to reach communities. 

In 2006, while still studying, Peter co-founded the Counties Manukau Alcohol and Drug Consumer Network, which has since evolved into the DRIVE Consumer Network. His involvement in this initiative allowed him to work closely with Counties Manukau to develop the pioneering AOD Peer Support contract, a significant milestone in consumer-led support services.

For a decade, from 2007 to 2017, Peter contributed his expertise to ABACUS Counselling Training and Supervision Ltd. This valuable period provided him with the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most experienced addiction and mental health specialists in Aotearoa. Peter's work has extended to various organizations in the public and corporate sectors, including the New Zealand Police, Oranga Tamariki, Youthline, schools, Odyssey House, Pathways, Matua Raki, Emerge Aotearoa, Salvation Army, Health Promotion Agency, Fonterra, Fletchers, Auckland City Mission, and many others.

In August 2017, Peter established Meth Education and Solution Services Limited (Mess NZ) to continue contributing his expertise to the sector throughout Aotearoa. Pete’s most passionate about preventing our rangatahi entering systems and developing the capacity of communities and whanau to selfheal. His dedication and passion for the field remain unwavering as he strives to make a meaningful difference.

Peter Thorburn's personal journey and professional accomplishments serve as an inspiration to many. With his unique perspective derived from his experiences and expertise, he has earned profound respect within the field, making him an esteemed figure in the addiction and mental health community.

Trainings provided by Pete Thorburn of Meth Education and Solution Services Limited ( MESSNZ) are DAPAANZ points approved, demonstrating their alignment with professional development standards. Furthermore, participation in this training may qualify for recognition of professional development with other registering bodies