Changes to the RMTC whanau

There have been a few changes to the RMTC whanau over the last few months. In September we bid a fond farewell to Min-Min who has headed off to provide music therapy in China and we wish her all the best. And in October Wei-kai completed his internship and we hope that his thesis writing is going well.

Wei-kai was not our only intern last year, as working alongside him was Tori Gac taking part in our first ever international student placement. Tori completed her studies in July and the Centre was thrilled when she accepted a permanent role here. Soon after we welcomed recent graduate from Victoria University Katie Boom to the Clinical team and most recently we have welcomed Cally Castell on Reception. All three share their insights so far below.

As many of our supporters will know we have also had some recent changes to the management team, with Carol White, outgoing Executive Director, leaving in June this year. The Centre was delighted when Jen Ryckaert, who had joined the Centre in August 2015, accepted the role of Clinical and Centre Director. Stepping up to this new role will allow Jen to continue to be involved with the day to day clinical services whilst working strategically to help, as Board Chairman Sean Coleman said, “grow and deliver our own special brand of music therapy to service an ever growing need.” Jen is thrilled to be supported in the role by Rachel Farrell who steps up to the new role of Finance and Administration Manager, and of course by the extraordinarily talented team of music therapists we have here at the Centre. Thanks to everyone for their support during the time of transition.

Katie Boom – Music Therapist


Returning to New Zealand after three months travelling through Asia and Europe, I was so excited to begin working at Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre. I landed back in NZ in September, and promptly began getting to know the Centre and all of the wonderful people in the Raukatauri whanau. Although I was born and raised in the Waikato, I studied in Wellington, completing my Master in Music Therapy degree with first class honours in 2017. Now I live in sunny, beach-laden Northland. The commute down to Grey Lynn each week isn’t great, I’ll admit, but the reasons for it are fantastic. Challenge, change and precious moments are part of each day here at RMTC. Thank you to the team of staff and volunteers for their thoughtful, funny and kind support, and thank you to my wonderful clients and families for your friendly welcomes and music-making. One of the many highlights so far is being part of the self-named Rock’n’Roll Fairy Princesses – a band which is not shy of being heard! 


Tori Gac – Music Therapist 

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As I am writing this, it is hard to believe that it has been 4 months since I started working at Raukatauri. Since day one of arriving in New Zealand, the Raukatauri whanau has supported my exciting and enlightening international experience in this wonderful corner of the world. When I found out I was staying to work, I was beyond ecstatic and overjoyed to keep on growing and learning at the same place that trained me and cultivated my love for music therapy. The team, clients and their families have all been very supportive and their kindness has helped me ease my way into my new role of music therapist from my previous role of student intern. I am looking forward to continuing to gain inspiration from clients and the Raukatauri team!


Cally Castell - Receptionist


I joined Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre just one month ago – so am officially the newbie of the team! Since I walked through the door I have been overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness, positivity and warmth. I’ve been freelancing in the performing arts industry for the past few years, and joined RMTC straight off performing in the national tour of The Sound Of Music. When I’m not behind the reception desk at RMTC (my hours here are part time) I am singing, singing teaching, acting or writing – currently in the midst of composing a musical, my biggest project yet! As I settle in at RMTC, I most look forward to getting to know all the clients and their families. Music therapy is something that has been on my radar (particularly as a singing teacher) for a while, and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to be here, and am in awe of the knowledgeable, talented and generous therapists. I am so excited to be part of this wonderful team, and to learn more about music therapy as my time here continues - I can see already that this is a very special place.

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