Community Health Council Members

Community Health Council members

Back Row: Ian Macara, Martin Burke, Ilka Fedor, Bronnie Grant, Nigel Millar, Russell MacPherson.
Front Row: Takiwai Russell-Camp, Lesley Gray, Paula Waby, Sarah Derrett and Kelly Takurua


Mr Martin Burke             Dunedin

Martin has held regional and national positions in Mental Health Addictions Service/ Consumer Advisory roles.  Currently he is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine.  At the same time Martin is completing a Masters in Physical Education.  Martin's health fields of interest include alcohol and drugs, long term conditions and men's health.


Mrs Takiwai Russell-Camp        Dunedin

Takiwai was born and raised in Dunedin and has Māori and Cook Island whanau connections. Currently working in the hospitality industry, Takiwai is married with one child and is actively involved with Puketeraki Marae.  Takiwai is also involved with the Dunedin artistic community with her area of interest being photography.

Takiwai’s health fields of interest include mental health, alcohol and drugs, Māori health, youth and children and primary health.


Ms Ilka Fedor                Dunedin

Ilka has completed her Master's degree at Otago University and is also trained as a Primary School teacher.  Ilka is actively involved with a number of community committees in Dunedin including the cycling advocacy group SPOKEs and the Caversham Toy Library.  Ilka is also a mother to three young children.  Ilka's health fields of interest include youth and children, and women's health.


Mrs Bronnie Grant             Gore

Bronnie is a secondary school trained Physical Education Teacher who has worked both in Southland and overseas.  Bronnie has been out of teaching for 7 years raising her three children, on a farm outside of Gore.  Most recently Bronnie has been involved with co-leading the establishment of the Gore Kids Hub project which was successfully completed and opened in February 2016. Bronnie's health fields of interest include youth and children, women's health and rural health.


Mrs Lesley Gray             Invercargill

Lesley is a retired registered General & Obstetric Nurse, with a certificate of Social Work from the University of Otago.  Lesley is actively involved in a number of community groups such as Seniornet, Cardiac Club, Combined Fellowship Club, Meals on Wheels, Coffee Club, U3A and Women's Club.  Lesley has a supportive husband and family and enjoys Community activities.  Lesley's health fields of interest include older persons and women's health.


Mrs Hana Halalele            Oamaru

Hana lives in Oamaru with her husband and two children and has over 15 years’ experience working as a Probation Officer for the Department of Corrections. Hana is a New Zealand born Samoan and is an active member of the Waitaki community through her  involvement with the Oamaru Pacific Island Community Group, Oamaru North School  Board of Trustees, Waitaki Safer Community Trust, St Pauls Otepoti Presbyterian Church and is Co-Chair of  the Oamaru Pacific Island Network Group. Hana’s health fields of interest include mental health, alcohol and drugs, Pacifica and Māori health and children’s health.


Ms Kelly Takurua            Mataura

Kelly was born and raised in Gore until her family moved to Tapanui.  This was followed by some time studying in Dunedin.  Kelly has undertaken a number of courses relating to social services and mental health addictions in Dunedin and Invercargill.  Kelly is currently working as a Social Worker/Manager for Te Iho Awhi Rito Social Service, a Marae-based Social Service provider in rural Southland.  Kelly’s health fields of interest include mental health, alcohol and drugs, Māori health and primary health.


Ms Paula Waby             Dunedin

Paula has lived experience of disability and is involved in a number of disability-related organisations, locally and nationally.  Paula has been involved with the Association of Blind Citizens of NZ, setting up an Audio Book Club at Dunedin Public Library, involved with the Disability Issues Advisory Group for the DCC and an active participant in the Otago Branch of Blind Citizens.  Paula is currently the Local Coordinator for the newly established Otago Blindness Network and President of the Dunedin branch of the Disabled Person's Assembly.  Paula's health fields of interest include disability (sensory, physical and intellectual), women's health and primary health.


Associate Professor Sarah Derrett                 Dunedin            (Establishment Chair)

Sarah Derrett is works at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago (Dunedin) where she teaches health systems and public policy and is Director of the Injury Prevention Research Unit. Sarah's research is focused on patient-reported health and social service pathways and aims to learn from people about their experiences of health systems and their health outcomes. In 2011-12 she was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow, based at The University of Chicago, where she examined care integration at remote rural health clinics and Community Health Centers in the US. She is a member of the EuroQol Scientific Committee which is responsible for a leading international health-related quality of life measure (the EQ-5D), sits on the Executive of a national patient and family-led charity (Bowel Cancer New Zealand) and on the Board of a community mental health respite service provider (Kōputai Lodge) located in Port Chalmers.