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Chesterman to Lead Waikato DHB Committee

Media Release

Date: 23 January 2008

Chesterman to Lead Waikato DHB Committee

(Head and shoulder pictures of each board member can be downloaded at )

Veteran local body politician Gordon Chesterman was today appointed chair of Waikato District Health Board's community and public health advisory committee (CPHAC).

The committee's role is to advise the board about the health needs of the Waikato population and the priorities and funding required to address those needs.

Deputy chair Sally Christie remains chair of the Health Waikato Advisory Committee (HWAC). Its role is to advise the board about the financial and operating performance of Health Waikato, the board's provider of hospital and related health services, and on strategic issues relating to the provision of those services.

Peta Karalus will chair the Disability Support Advisory Committee which advises the board on the disability support needs of Waikato people and advocates for those with disabilities.

The appointments were confirmed at the board's first meeting of the year in Hamilton today.

Two new board members were appointed deputy committee chairs - Harry Mikaere to HWAC and Dave Currie to CPHAC. Mr Chesterman is chair of Wintec and a second-term Hamilton city councillor. Last term he was a member of the Health Waikato Advisory Committee. He said he was pleased to take on the extra responsibility at Waikato DHB given he no longer chaired any Hamilton City Council committees.

"I'd like to acknowledge the role Gordon Blake played as CPHAC chair in the last term and I'd like to build on that. We've got a busy time ahead of us and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Ms Christie takes on an expanded role as an ex-officio member of all committees in addition to chairing HWAC.

Board chair Jerry Rickman said this would assist the board build resilience in respect to any illness or absence.

Mr Rickman said he considered board members' preferences when recommending the committees' make up.

"I have carefully considered what you have said together with the balance of skills required by each committee and the strengths of the external appointees to the committees."


Health Waikato Advisory Committee
Sally Christie (Chair)
Harry Mikaere (Deputy Chair)
Jerry Rickman (ex officio)
Jack Havill
Ted Armstrong
Pippa Mahood
Mere Balzer
Rachael Dean
Adri Isbister
Robyn Klos

Community and Public Health Advisory Committee
Gordon Chesterman (Chair)
Dave Currie (Deputy Chair)
Jerry Rickman (ex officio)
Sally Christie (ex officio)
Peter Allan
Glenda Raumati
Peta Karalus
Ted Armstrong
Eileen Barker
Wayne MacLean
Sue Wardill

Disability Support Advisory Committee
Peta Karalus (Chair)
Jack Havill (Deputy Chair)
Jerry Rickman (ex officio)
Sally Christie (ex officio)
Ted Armstrong
Glenda Raumati
Suresh Vatsyayann
Kevin Churchill
John McIntosh
(New nominee from IMC to be advised)

Audit and Risk Management Committee
(External Chair to be appointed)
Gordon Chesterman (Deputy Chair)
Jerry Rickman (ex officio)
Sally Christie
Pippa Mahood
Harry Mikaere

Campus Redevelopment Committee
Jerry Rickman (Chair)
Jack Havill (Deputy Chair)
Sally Christie (ex officio)
Dave Currie
Ted Armstrong

Remuneration Committee
Jerry Rickman (Chair)
Sally Christie (Deputy Chair)
Gordon Chesterman

Attendees at Iwi Maori Council
Pippa Mahood
Glenda Raumati

Trustee of Waikato Health Trust
Pippa Mahood


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