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HBDHB Commissioner appoints two deputies

16 May 2008

HBDHB Commissioner appoints two deputies

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board commissioner, Sir John Anderson, announced the appointment of two additional deputy commissioners today. They will join deputy commissioner, Brian Roche, who was appointed by the Minister of Health in February this year.

The new deputies are Ngahiwi Tomoana & Dr Ian Brown. Sir John said both men would bring a wide range of skills and experience to provide valuable input to the DHB commission.

Ngahiwi Tomoana has been chairman of Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc since 1996, serving in that position for four successive terms. He has been involved in hapū and iwi development most of his life, taking a position on the Waipatu Māori committee while still in high school. Ngahiwi has chaired Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga since the 1980s, relinquishing this position when he became chair of the iwi.

Ngahiwi is a director of Te Ohu Kaimoana Trust - he holds the position of deputy chair and chairs the Wai Māori Trust, a division of Te Ohu Kaimoana, on freshwater issues.

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated worked closely with HBDHB to establish a Māori Relationship Board to provide strategic advice to the HBDHB on issues relevant to Māori health. Ngahiwi has been a member of this board and its deputy chair since its inception. He is keen to work with the commission to advance the health of Māori and the community in the HBDHB catchment.

Dr Ian Brown was an obstetrician gynaecologist, who was the director of medical services at Northland DHB until November 2007. He is also the former chair of the national chief medical officers’ forum and was chief medical officer for Counties Manukau DHB. Dr Brown has been a member of the national medical strategy workforce group. He is currently crown monitor to the Capital and Coast District Health Board. “Dr Brown’s appointment will add a very experienced, independent clinical voice to contribute to the continuing high standard of delivery of health care in Hawke’s Bay.

“In addition to the three deputies, I intend to appoint up to four local advisors, who will further strengthen the Hawke’s Bay voice on the governance team. I expect to make these appointments over the coming months. At this stage it is intended that public meetings will resume in July,” Sir John Anderson said.

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