Te Awakairangi Health Network

About Us

Our Governance and Team

Board of Trustees
Executive Team
Governance Groups

About Us

Our Governance and Team

Board of Trustees
Executive Team
Governance Groups

About Us

Our Governance and Team

Board of Trustees
Executive Team
Governance Groups

How we are Governed

Our Board of Trustees

Joe Ashgar

Chair

Muhammad Naseem (Joe) Asghar

Originally trained as a pharmacist, Joe followed a career mainly in hospital practice gaining experience across a range of clinical disciplines. During this time he also worked in community practice. Subsequent steps saw Joe move to management positions, initially in local health services to eventually a role with the UK Department of Health. On moving to New Zealand, he initially worked in health, with a subsequent move into science and science policy. He has recently taken up the role of Chief Executive of Presbyterian Support Central. Joe completed his undergraduate degree and Masters in Science at Strathclyde University and his MBA at Durham. He has Fellowships of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (UK), the Faculty of Public Health (UK), the New Zealand College of Pharmacists and is a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors. He currently chairs the Board of Te Awakairangi Health Trust.

Peggy

Board Member

Peggy Luke-Ngaheke

Peggy is a mother of three and grandmother of three beautiful Mokopuna. She has lived in the Hutt Valley all of her life. Peggy is very passionate about better health in the Hutt Valley for all whanau. She trained as a Counsellor and AOD Clinician and has worked for the Hutt Valley DHB. Peggy worked in community mental health for six years. She is currently a Runanga Trustee for Te Atiawa and presently manages the Marae at Waiwhetu. She also has a background of 36 years in Kohanga Reo and is very passionate about great health for all Mokopuna.

Muriel Tunoho

Board Member

Muriel Tunoho

Muriel is a long-time Hutt Valley resident, and has served on the Board of Te Awakairangi Health Network since its inception. She is an active Board member of the Health Care Aotearoa Network and this keeps her in touch with HCA member providers, championing effective models of care and influencing Government policies impacting on their communities and funding viability. Muriel is a consumer representative on the Health Quality & Safety Commission Consumer Council. In December 2017, Muriel was appointed to the Ministerial Health Advisory Group for a two-year term.

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Board Member

Dr David Young

A Hutt Valley resident for 55 years, David attended Waterloo, Hutt Intermediate and Hutt Valley High Schools. He graduated from Otago Medical School in 1977 and worked as a House Officer at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals before becoming a partner at Naenae Medical Centre where he practiced for over 30 years. More recently, he has worked part-time as a GP and as Clinical Director of Community Health Services Group at the Hutt Valley DHB. David has held several positions on local GP organisations and been a Trustee on Hutt PHOs and Clinical Governance Committees. Currently, he is also a Director of the Hutt Valley After Hours Centre.

Kim

Board Member

Dr Kim Hurst

Kim is a General Practitioner who settled in the Hutt Valley in 2009. She trained in Birmingham University, UK before serving in the Royal Air Force as a Medical Officer for 9 years. She is proud to call the Valley her home and enjoys serving the community lives in. She is a full-time General Practitioner, Clinical Director, GP teacher, provides Independent Medical Assessments for Ministry of Social Development and assists Trentham Army Camp with military medical support when needed. She is a keen sportswoman and a New Zealand representative cyclist. She is passionate about advocating for improvements to the local health system to enhance the services available for our people.

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Board Member

VACANCY

We are looking to appoint an experienced Board Member.

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Board Member

Jon Herries

Jon Herries is our newest Board member.

Our Board of Trustees

Joe Ashgar
Peggy
Muriel Tunoho

Chair

Muhammad Naseem (Joe) Asghar

Originally trained as a pharmacist, Joe followed a career mainly in hospital practice gaining experience across a range of clinical disciplines. During this time he also worked in community practice. Subsequent steps saw Joe move to management positions, initially in local health services to eventually a role with the UK Department of Health. On moving to New Zealand, he initially worked in health, with a subsequent move into science and science policy. He has recently taken up the role of Chief Executive of Presbyterian Support Central. Joe completed his undergraduate degree and Masters in Science at Strathclyde University and his MBA at Durham. He has Fellowships of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (UK), the Faculty of Public Health (UK), the New Zealand College of Pharmacists and is a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors. He currently chairs the Board of Te Awakairangi Health Trust.

Board Member

Peggy Luke-Ngaheke

Peggy is a mother of three and grandmother of three beautiful Mokopuna. She has lived in the Hutt Valley all of her life. Peggy is very passionate about better health in the Hutt Valley for all whanau. She trained as a Counsellor and AOD Clinician and has worked for the Hutt Valley DHB. Peggy worked in community mental health for six years. She is currently a Runanga Trustee for Te Atiawa and presently manages the Marae at Waiwhetu. She also has a background of 36 years in Kohanga Reo and is very passionate about great health for all Mokopuna.

Board Member

Muriel Tunoho

Muriel is a long-time Hutt Valley resident, and has served on the Board of Te Awakairangi Health Network since its inception. She is an active Board member of the Health Care Aotearoa Network and this keeps her in touch with HCA member providers, championing effective models of care and influencing Government policies impacting on their communities and funding viability. Muriel is a consumer representative on the Health Quality & Safety Commission Consumer Council. In December 2017, Muriel was appointed to the Ministerial Health Advisory Group for a two-year term.

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Board Member

Dr David Young

A Hutt Valley resident for 55 years, David attended Waterloo, Hutt Intermediate and Hutt Valley High Schools. He graduated from Otago Medical School in 1977 and worked as a House Officer at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals before becoming a partner at Naenae Medical Centre where he practiced for over 30 years. More recently, he has worked part-time as a GP and as Clinical Director of Community Health Services Group at the Hutt Valley DHB. David has held several positions on local GP organisations and been a Trustee on Hutt PHOs and Clinical Governance Committees. Currently, he is also a Director of the Hutt Valley After Hours Centre.

Board Member

Dr Kim Hurst

Kim is a General Practitioner who settled in the Hutt Valley in 2009. She trained in Birmingham University, UK before serving in the Royal Air Force as a Medical Officer for 9 years. She is proud to call the Valley her home and enjoys serving the community lives in. She is a full-time General Practitioner, Clinical Director, GP teacher, provides Independent Medical Assessments for Ministry of Social Development and assists Trentham Army Camp with military medical support when needed. She is a keen sportswoman and a New Zealand representative cyclist. She is passionate about advocating for improvements to the local health system to enhance the services available for our people.

Board Member

VACANCY

We are looking to appoint an experienced Board Member.

Board Member

Jon Herries

Jon Herries is our newest Board member.

Our Executive Team

Bridget

Chief Executive

Bridget Allan

Bridget has a diverse background in the health sector, having worked in research, planning, operational and strategic management, project management and governance, across both the public sector and the third sector (NGOs). Her commitment to primary care began with her first exposure to the Alma Ata declaration. It was strengthened when she was Chief Executive for Hauora Hokianga, an innovative integrated primary care organisation serving a rural, predominantly Māori population in the Far North during the 1990s and continues now in her role at Te Awakairangi Health Network. She thoroughly enjoys the challenges of building an equitable and effective primary care sector in the Hutt Valley, working with so many skilled and passionate people, partners and organisations, to create improved health and wellbeing outcomes across our communities.

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Kaiwhakarite Māori

Christine Pihema

Chris is passionate about improving equity of health outcomes for Māori as tangata whenua, and for other high priority population groups. Chris affiliates to Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whaatua, Parihaka, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Rangi, Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, and Ngāti Raukawa. She has been employed in the health and disability sector for the past twenty years working in primary, secondary and NGOs. She supports Te Awakairangi Health Network to embed a Te Tiriti o Waitangi focus and equity lens throughout the Network’s service activity, development and implementation.

Irma Harris

General Manager, Finance and Corporate Services

Irma Harris

Irma has been working in primary health care management for the Hutt Valley for more than 15 years. Irma has oversight of Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Corporate Services and all operational aspects of Te Awakairangi Health Network.

Marion

General Manager, Programmes and Practice Development

Marion Thomas

Marion has worked in a range of roles in the health sector, including operational management, strategic planning, and funding roles. Her career started as a radiographer, and her work as an independent consultant covered a wide range of projects including laboratory services, palliative care, mental health, disability services. Marion leads the PPD team supporting general practice teams and other providers in the Network in their provision of good quality, integrated and equitable primary care. She is skilled in managing strategic change programmes, balancing governance and operational policy with stakeholder expectations. Her work has had a strong focus on quality improvement and innovation, frequently reviewing health services/systems and identifying how these can be improved.

Carrie

General Manager, Services

Carrie Henderson

Carrie has worked in several roles in secondary care within the Hutt Valley. Carrie began her career as an Occupational Therapist in Scotland before emigrating to New Zealand. Carrie has experience leading in operational management, strategic leadership and leading through change. Her work has a focus on innovation and developing alternative models of service delivery.

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General Manager, Knowledge Management

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Our Knowledge Management team works with practices and other partners to further develop the capability to turn data into knowledge that can be usefully applied to monitor health outcomes and contribute to system redesign.

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Manager, Population Health

Rawiri Blundell (from May 2021)

Rawiri has a wealth of experience in effectively engaging with communities and primary care, with background in diabetes prevention, cancer prevention and early intervention, Māori health, Whānau Ora and pro-equity design and delivery. He has participated in several research projects and facilitated programmes in Māori workforce development. He is of Ngāti Porou and Kahungunu descent and is a fluent Te Reo Māori speaker who has previously tutored Te Reo and Tikanga.

Our Executive Team

Bridget
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Irma Harris

Chief Executive

Bridget Allan

Bridget has a diverse background in the health sector, having worked in research, planning, operational and strategic management, project management and governance, across both the public sector and the third sector (NGOs). Her commitment to primary care began with her first exposure to the Alma Ata declaration. It was strengthened when she was Chief Executive for Hauora Hokianga, an innovative integrated primary care organisation serving a rural, predominantly Māori population in the Far North during the 1990s and continues now in her role at Te Awakairangi Health Network. She thoroughly enjoys the challenges of building an equitable and effective primary care sector in the Hutt Valley, working with so many skilled and passionate people, partners and organisations, to create improved health and wellbeing outcomes across our communities.

Kaiwhakarite Māori

Christine Pihema

Chris is passionate about improving equity of health outcomes for Māori as tangata whenua, and for other high priority population groups. Chris affiliates to Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whaatua, Parihaka, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Rangi, Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, and Ngāti Raukawa. She has been employed in the health and disability sector for the past twenty years working in primary, secondary and NGOs. She supports Te Awakairangi Health Network to embed a Te Tiriti o Waitangi focus and equity lens throughout the Network’s service activity, development and implementation.

General Manager, Finance and Corporate Services

Irma Harris

Irma has been working in primary health care management for the Hutt Valley for more than 15 years. Irma has oversight of Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Corporate Services and all operational aspects of Te Awakairangi Health Network.

Marion
Carrie
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General Manager, Programmes and Practice Development

Marion Thomas

Marion has worked in a range of roles in the health sector, including operational management, strategic planning, and funding roles. Her career started as a radiographer, and her work as an independent consultant covered a wide range of projects including laboratory services, palliative care, mental health, disability services. Marion leads the PPD team supporting general practice teams and other providers in the Network in their provision of good quality, integrated and equitable primary care. She is skilled in managing strategic change programmes, balancing governance and operational policy with stakeholder expectations. Her work has had a strong focus on quality improvement and innovation, frequently reviewing health services/systems and identifying how these can be improved.

General Manager, Services

Carrie Henderson

Carrie has worked in several roles in secondary care within the Hutt Valley. Carrie began her career as an Occupational Therapist in Scotland before emigrating to New Zealand. Carrie has experience leading in operational management, strategic leadership and leading through change. Her work has a focus on innovation and developing alternative models of service delivery.

General Manager, Knowledge Management

Acting Manager in place

Our Knowledge Management team works with practices and other partners to further develop the capability to turn data into knowledge that can be usefully applied to monitor health outcomes and contribute to system redesign.

Manager, Population Health

Rawiri Blundell (from May 2021)

Rawiri has a wealth of experience in effectively engaging with communities and primary care, with background in diabetes prevention, cancer prevention and early intervention, Māori health, Whānau Ora and pro-equity design and delivery. He has participated in several research projects and facilitated programmes in Māori workforce development. He is of Ngāti Porou and Kahungunu descent and is a fluent Te Reo Māori speaker who has previously tutored Te Reo and Tikanga.

Our Governance Groups

The Clinical Governance Committee (CGC) is a clinical advisory committee of the Board, providing clinical leadership, direction and advice about Te Awakairangi Health Network’s clinical programmes. It includes health practitioners and management from Te Awakairangi Health Network general practices and partner organisations.

The Finance, Risk and Audit Committee is an advisory committee of the Board, assisting the Board by ensuring the integrity of the organisation’s financial and accounting systems and financial reporting (both internally to the Board and externally to stakeholders); audits and internal controls; business planning; and regulatory compliance and risk management systems.

The Data Governance Group (DGG) is an advisory committee of the Board, advising on how the Network should meet its responsibilities as custodians of data provided by general practices, the DHB, and community providers, with the purpose of improving health and wellbeing of the people of the Hutt Valley through its use. The group advises on all aspects of data collection, use and management at a strategic level to:
  • facilitate appropriate analysis of practice and patient data to increase patient safety and greater effectiveness in how care is delivered; and  
  • protect the rights and interests of the people and their whānau in relation to their data.
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