The Bay of Plenty Health Consumer Council members have a wide range of skills, ages and experiences, they are not experts or representatives of any specific organisations or community; their backgrounds and personal or family experiences are varied, bringing a wide range of perspectives on health issues impacting people across the Bay of Plenty District Health Board region. Collectively they bring a consumer perspective,  working in partnership with the DHB and community networks to raise issues and help shape health services for our communities across the BOPDHB region. 



John Powell - Mount Maunganui


John served in the NZ Army Medical Corps as a territorial force officer, retiring as a Major E.D. He has worked in both the public and private health sector in management roles. John is an active volunteer. Currently he's enjoying serving as a Justice of the Peace and as Immediate Past President of U3A Tauranga. John moved to Tauranga with his wife Elizabeth nearly 13 years ago.  He has a passion to see inequalities experienced by New Zealanders across a range of health matters reduced.


Adrienne von Tunzelmann - Tauranga

Adrienne has an extensive public sector background, and has held governance positions at both a community and national level. She currently sits on the boards of Osteoporosis NZ, Age Concern NZ and Age Concern Tauranga. She is on Pharmac's Consumer Advisory Committee; the Ageing Well National Science Challenge's Governance Group, is a patron of the Tauranga Community Housing Trust and is External Advisor to Te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Her health-related roles have convinced her that the easier it is for the voices of consumers to be heard, and for them to influence the services they use, the better the health and wellbeing outcomes for patients, their whānau and communities.

Adrienne is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and in 2016 was awarded the QSO for services to governance and the community.


Florence Trout - Tauranga

Florence has a solid health background as a public health nurse, midwife, nurse educator and quality improvement practitioner.  Her experience as a primary health care professional, board member of an NGO and life experiences with family confirms her belief that health care requires compassion and respect for the dignity and easy access of healthcare for a growing population, connecting universal (public) healthcare from other healthcare options. Florence served as advisor to the community quality accreditation program Te Wana, recognised by the Ministry of Health. She has a diverse range of interests including rural and agricultural activities, travel, and the performing arts. 

Lisa Murphy

Lisa Murphy - Tauranga

Lisa has a background in diagnostic Haematology and Sports Medicine; building on these skills, she furthered her studies with an Associate Diploma in Business Management and embarked on a corporate career within the Finance and Insurance sectors for multinational companies, attaining positions as Training and Development Executive (Australia) and National Account Executive (NZ), respectively. She has strong organisational and risk management skills and possesses a forward-thinking approach to strategic planning, with a focus on service, delivered with respect and dignity.

Lisa has a particular interest in investigative research and advocacy, ensuring everyone can access quality healthcare and approaches to maintain effective governance and compliance with involvement on the DHB Clinical Governance Committee. She lives with her daughter in Tauranga.


Maz McKevitt - Whakatāne

Maz has lived and worked in Whakatāne for 30 years, appreciating all it has to offer she is a committed supporter of the Eastern Bay. She has an extensive background in education and health administration working for a number of local schools and organisations. Volunteering for the Whakatāne Citizens Advice Bureau, she is a member of the local Board and the CAB National Board. Maz has a keen interest in governance and is focused on ensuring that strategic decisions accurately reflect local level needs. She enjoys the team approach to problem solving and is motivated to make a difference to the effective delivery of healthcare across the Bay to improve the well-being of its people.


Mere Pomana - Tauranga

Ko Pūtauaki te Maunga
Ko Rangitāiki te Awa
Ko Ngāti Awa te Iwi
Ko Mataatua te Waka
Ko Pahipoto Te Hapu
Tena Koutou

Ko Mere Tauhinga Pomana tōku ingoa.

Kia Ora, my name is Mere Tauhinga Pomana, brought up in Te Teko and Kawerau, surrounded by my whānau, hapu and Iwi. I'm currently a student at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa studying for a Bachelor of Bicultural Social Work. I am a principle-based practitioner who applies Te Ao Māori ethics and values throughout my life. I find my approach is more qualitative rather than quantitative when engaging with individuals. My passion includes interacting with troubled individuals within the community and helping them reach their goals.


Rosalie Liddle Crawford -Mount Maunganui

Rosalie has worked as medical scientist and lecturer specialising in Immunohaematology and Medical Microbiology. She began her career at Tauranga Hospital, before moving to the Wellington region where she continued working in medical laboratories and lecturing at CIT. Returning to the Bay, she took up a role developing an online health and social services directory for both the BOP and Lakes DHB regions, before helping launch a similar directory for Canterbury. Her work has involved engaging with iwi, councils, health and social service organisations and businesses; providing service navigation; and setting up the volunteer project 'Rise Up Tauranga' which assisted Cantabrians relocate into the Western BOP as a result of the 2011 earthquakes.

Rosalie's utilisation of technology plus her adaptive influence across sizeable networks has resulted in channelling the resources and drive of ordinary people like herself with something to contribute, turning their energy into effective action that improves lives.


Sue Horne - Tauranga

Sue has recently retired as Principal of Maungatapu School, a role she enjoyed for 16 years. As Principal, Sue was involved in supporting the ongoing development of the dual medium status of Maungatapu School, offering education in both te reo Maori and English and fostering initiatives and opportunities for staff, pupils and whanau to access quality learning opportunities in English and Maori medium contexts.

Sue's education career spans more than 40 years - teaching in Palmerston north, South Auckland and Tauranga schools. She has a particular interest in working with children with additional needs and has experience working alongside teachers and whanau to assist students with specific needs to access the curriculum and to be able to participate confidently and successfully in school and community activities.

Sue Matthews

Sue Matthews - Te Puke

Sue is strongly committed to making a positive contribution to improving health outcomes and strengthen each patient's journey throughout the health system.  Until recently she was employed as a Community Health Lead for Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance in Whakatane and is now employed as a Bachelor of Nursing lecturer at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Sue is currently a member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal for Nursing and Deputy Chair of the BOP Community Response Forum - Oranga Tamariki and Sue presently volunteers as Paengaroa Community Association Chair and Western Bay Museum trustee.

In 2013 Sue was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contribution to community health - including Maori.  Sue has previously been on the National Child & Youth Mortality Review Committee and was a trustee for Poutiri Charitable trust.  She also has an understanding of community from a local body perspective as a Western Bay District Councillor from 2007-16.


Tessa Mackenzie - Katikati

Tessa has worked in the community and social sector for 20 years, from grass roots to governance positions. She has four adult children and is also a Nanna. 

As a Strengthening Families coordinator she facilitated hundreds of meetings for families, which showed her how diverse people's needs, expectations and experiences are in terms of accessing health care, and the consequences when needs aren't met, or systems fail to provide appropriate care.  Her own life experiences cover various aspects of health and well-being as both a user and a facilitator of social and health services. She has a particular interest in the consumer voice for more choices around integrative medicine and collaborative continuity of care between modalities. She is not afraid to challenge the status quo to support people to have a say in their own health journey, and believes the DHB's CARE values have the potential to provide a good framework.


Theresa Ngamoki - Whakatāne

Ko Horouta te waka
Ko Whanokao te maunga
Ko Motu te awa
Ko Te Whānau-ā-Apanui te iwi
Ko Theresa Ngamoki ahau.


I divide my time between Omaio on the beautiful coastline of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and in Whakatāne where I am based for work. We recently lived in Tauranga Moana for the past decade where we have been blessed by making many great connections.

I am married to a Primary school teacher. We have five daughters, three sons-in-law and three mokopuna. My coastie upbringing was awesome, outdoors and marae/hapu centred. This has shaped me into a resilient, hardworking and determined person. Not all whānau are in the position to offer the best experiences of Aotearoa to the same degree. I will bring 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and the past three as a Nurse Practitioner. I am interested in many areas of health but in particular Māori health, the rural sector, the deaf community and underrepresented populations. 

Last updated: September 26, 2019