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Waitemata Board

Waitemata Board

Please find Declaration of Results of Election for the 2016 elections for the three district health boards in the Auckland region on the Waitemata DHB elections page.

Board Members

Prof Judy McGregor

Prof Judy McGregor

Chair

Professor Judy McGregor, CNZM, was appointed Chair of the Waitemata District Health Board in June 2018. She is Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Auckland University of Technology, has a doctorate in political communication, and is a trained lawyer. She was New Zealand’s first Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner  with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission between 2002-2010 and during that period published the “Caring Counts” report of employment in the aged care sector which was the catalyst for successful equal pay legislation. Judy is a former newspaper editor and has had previous governance roles in the tertiary sector and as a broadcasting regulator and is a former chair of the Palmerston North Enterprise Board. She is patron of the Auckland Women’s Centre and has published eight books and hundreds of refereed journal articles relating to the media, gender equality, the employment and care of older people, and a range of human rights issues. In 2016 she was the NZ-UK Link Visiting Fellow  at the University of London. Her latest two books explore the status of human rights in New Zealand and she has edited an international collection on  aspects of human dignity. Judy has lived much of her life on Auckland’s North Shore.

Kylie Clegg

Kylie Clegg

Deputy Chair

Kylie Clegg has a corporate legal background having specialised in mergers and acquisitions across a range of industries. Kylie is a board member of Hockey New Zealand and chairman of the Hockey Foundation. She is a former New Zealand hockey player, having competed at two Olympics and captained the team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Her previous governance experience has been as a board member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation and as a board observer on Auckland Transport.

Prof Max Abbott

Prof Max Abbott

Board member

In 2016 Professor Max Abbott CNZM, celebrated two decades at the helm of AUT University’s Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences. In addition to being the Dean of the Faculty he is also Pro Vice-Chancellor (North Campus), Co-director of the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research. He also directs two of the Institute's Centres.

Max is also a board member and past Deputy Chair of the Waitemata District Health Board, an advisor to Health Workforce New Zealand, senior consultant to the World Federation for Mental Health and a member of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship. His areas of expertise include mental health, problem gambling and addictions, public health, Pacific Island health and development, and psychiatric epidemiology.

Edward Benson-Cooper

Edward Benson-Cooper

Board member

Born in Auckland, Edward was raised on the North Shore, attended Rosmini College and graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. As an active Health Professional with strong interests in sports, exercise and nutrition (culminating from his key foundations of health, wellness and family), Edward’s philosophy is evident in his passion for helping and enhancing others lives through Chiropractic care and serving on the Waitemata District Health Board.

Sandra Coney

Sandra Coney

Board member

Sandra Coney was appointed a companion to the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for services to women’s health in 2010. Her 40−year record as a consumer advocate in the health sector led to the Cervical Cancer Inquiry and major reforms in patients’ rights for all New Zealanders. She was a consumer representative in the development of the New Zealand Health Strategy which directs all DHBs and Chair of the Pharmac Consumer Advisory Committee until mid-2010. Sandra’s background also includes work on the National Cervical and Breast Screening programmes and on consumer participation. She is a member of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board of Auckland Council. 

Warren Flaunty

Warren Flaunty

Board member

Warren Flaunty, QSM, is a pharmacist by profession and has owned and operated his own pharmacy in Massey, Westgate and now Life Pharmacy Northwest, for over 50 years. He has been an elected Member of WDHB for 15 years, since DHBs were created in 2001. He is also an elected member of the Henderson-Massey Local Board, vice president of Waitakere Licensing Trust and past president of The New Zealand Licensing Trust Association. Warren is currently a director of The Trusts Community Foundation. He was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in 2004 for public service and service to the community.

Dr Matire Harwood

Dr Matire Harwood

Board member

Dr Matire Harwood (Ngapuhi, MBChB, PhD Medicine) is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland; GP at Papakura Marae Health Clinic; and has held numerous governance and advisory roles on health and health research boards and committees. She is recognised nationally and internationally for her expertise in Māori health, the management of long term conditions in primary care and achieving health equity. 

Dr James le Fevre

Dr James le Fevre

Board member

Dr James Le Fevre has been a Waitemata DHB elected board member since 2010. He is also deputy chair of Auckland DHB and an Emergency Medicine Consultant at Auckland City Hospital Adult Emergency Department.
Previously he has worked as an Auckland Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) Doctor with Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust which provides doctor-paramedic care to the critically ill and injured, in partnership with Auckland DHB.
He was born and raised in Auckland, received his medical training at the University of Auckland, and has worked in multiple hospitals across New Zealand and Australia. He is actively involved in health research with interests in healthcare quality indicators and emergency blood transfusion.

Brian Neeson

Brian Neeson

Board member

Brian’s varied experience both as a Member of Parliament, and in various roles in the public and private sector have gained him the knowledge and experience required in dealing with large organisations of complex natures in terms of governance, financial oversight and accountability.
Brian currently serves on the Upper Harbour Local Board, Human Rights Review Tribunal, Auckland district licensing committee and is Managing Director of BK & VS Neeson Limited and Apollo Property Investments Limited.

Morris Pita

Morris Pita

Board member

Morris holds a Master of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.  Following University he held contract, policy and project management roles at the Health Funding Authority and Public Health Commission.  After working at Ernst & Young and completing his MBA at Oxford University, he was a strategist at a FTSE 25 company, BG Group (UK).  On returning to NZ he was a Commercial and Project Manager at Mighty River Power (Mercury) before setting up his own consulting firm in 2009, Shea Pita & Associates.  Morris has also been a member of the Eden Park Trust Board since 2009 where he Chairs the Finance and Audit committee.  Morris is a trustee on his hapu trust in Northland (Whangaruru) and a director of Turuki Pharmacy Limited providing affordable medicines to South Auckland families.

Allison Roe

Allison Roe

Board member

Allison Roe, MBE, is a prominent New Zealand athlete and is well known for setting world records and for winning the New York and Boston marathons in 1981. Allison has since enjoyed a successful business career balancing home life as a wife and mother with the demands of her own business ventures. Her special interest and research around healthy life styles is recognised in NZ and overseas. Her governance experience includes the North Shore Hospital Foundation and the Health Sponsorship Council.