BOP District Health Board


Mark Arundel

My pharmacy career and experience with BOPDHB has been focused on quality care, compassion and dignity for patients and healthcare staff while achieving value for money within available funding.
Most of what effects our health occurs outside 'health system control' in education, employment , housing , welfare ,lifestyle and nutrition.
I believe our health system , which is mainly people, is at a tipping point now where our politicians must ask us if we are prepared to contribute more to the costs of healthcare and it's determinants , or accept reduction of services in the face of unprecedented demand.Technology and innovation can not deliver fast enough.
Capable dedicated people in every part of our healthcare system are under unsustainable pressure now.
I ask for your support to deliver these messages to our responsible Ministers of Health and Finance and help to ensure our reasonable expectations can be met into the future.





Marion Guy

Registered nurse, Masters of Nursing, QSO. Many years' experience working in the community and hospital throughout the region. Other experience includes 5 terms BOPDHB; health leadership and governance roles both nationally and internationally. These diverse experiences are complementary and benefit each other.

As a nurse I have considerable knowledge of how the health system works, assisting me to make informed decisions on the issues presented. My clinical and governance background gives me an understanding of issues facing health providers and the community. This enables me to highlight gaps in the delivery of timely and effective services, along with suggestions for improvement. Planning to meet future demand is a challenge.

People need to have a choice of healthcare service that suits their individual need. I remain committed to ensuring all people in our region have the best quality healthcare services that are affordable and accessible. Re-elect Marion Guy- Vote Number 1.


Chris King-hazel

I  want to ensure there is sufficient representation to promote equity of health services across all demographics in the Bay of Plenty.   I will be a strong advocate for consistency in the levels of service provided to all, especially Māori, elderly and those more vulnerable in our community.


My strengths are my strong roots within the community, my sense of social justice, my knowledge of the health system, and my emphathy for those who struggle to be adequately served by that system.  I currently work for Whakatāne District Council, and previously managed its pensioner housing.  I have more than 12 years' experience with the BOPDHB (mental and public health), CYFS, and Ngāti Awa Social Health Services.  I was born and raised in Whakatāne.  I'm married to Thomas (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe) and have two adult children.


Callum Hunter

"Having grown up in Tauranga, while living with, and overcoming, serious illness in the care of the BOPDHB, I bring a patient-focussed approach to healthcare; knowing personally how the DHB - its people, and their service, can improve the lives of all in our community, because they greatly improved mine.

I currently work as a communications professional in the advertising industry, and am passionate about using my skills to ensure that the board continues to make positive, progress, so that every person in the community receives the very best care. In particular, I'll look to ensure that we are engaging with each individual in the community; listening to, and providing for your needs, clearly communicating the services available, and as importantly, how to access them.

For a fresh voice on the BOPDHB, representing you, and the whole community, vote Callum Hunter.”


Peter White

I want to make a real difference in the key areas of mental health, surgery delays for our retired population and the lack of general practice doctors to service our regional needs.

Youth suicide rates in Bay of Plenty continue to rise. Why is that? Seems nobody can explain all the lost young lives in our towns. We must make it a higher priority.

Delays waiting to see a specialist and to have elective surgery are stressful for our ageing population. Communication needs drastic improving.

A shortage of GPs in fast growing Tauranga and in areas with declining populations in Eastern BOP needs urgent attention.

I am from a well-known Tauranga family. I would be proud to follow in my late mother Jean White's footsteps as a serving member of the BOP District Health Board. She served three terms before being elected on to the Tauranga City Council.

Dr Geoff Esterman

MBChB .Dip Obs F.R.N.Z.C.G.P

As a New Zealand born and trained General Practitioner working in Tauranga for 30 years, I am aware of patient needs.  My re- election will allow me to continue to be a voice for patients from someone who understands the system.

Hospital dynamics are complex, but I understand them well. I have been on the DHB for 6 years; Chairing the Hospital Advisory Committee and being the Board Observer on the Clinical Governance Board.

General Practice and community needs are also complex.  My involvement with patients and Primary Healthcare boards means I can better advocate for wider health solutions.

 I have an excellent knowledge of the Bay of Plenty health system from all perspectives and am reminded daily about the need to achieve better outcomes for patients. Please re-elect me so I can continue to strive for this

Derek Roser

The DHB would be a natural home for me, my professional career provides skills and experience crucial for good governance of a hospital and best value for the health dollar, your tax dollar.

Working in Pathology, Health Service management and my own consultancy I developed a passion for customer service, innovation, planning, and communication, be it beside a hospital bed or in the boardroom. Corporate sector executive roles provided further board and financial experience.

Living here for 40 years – I am one of the people, and I have been here for the people, enjoying community organisations including repertory, arts, football, maritime trust and coastguard. I have served and will continue to serve the community which rallied around when my wife required a liver transplant 28 years ago. We remain indebted for your support. When elected I will ensure planning and delivery of quality services to improve health outcomes for you.

Teresa Sage

I am a qualified nurse with experience in the fields of care of the elderly, medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, orthopaedics and latterly as a specialist nurse in haematology and oncology I retrained to become a qualified counsellor with my own private practice. I specialise in counselling of victims of sexual abuse and children / adolescents. My nursing experience has been in three different continents and health systems. I am currently the deputy chairperson for Omokoroa Community Board.

With this breadth of experience in physical and mental healthcare provision as well as governance I would be someone on the board who would be able to address local provision of healthcare for those with mental health and the youth who are at risk. These are strategic areas of importance for the government and having someone who is on the coal face to understand these issues will benefit all who are in need.

Malcolm Whitaker

I have spent 40 years as a Naturopath Osteo-Therapist practising complementary medicine.

NZ has the third highest rate of diabetes in the world, bowel cancer and numerous heart problems.

Preventable programs now delivered have failed. We are great at having several ambulances at the bottom of the hill, but let's deal with the causes of ill health.

We need to deliver accountable health programs for anxiety, stress, relaxation, diets and exercise.

I believe there should be a push for a sugar tax. Monies could be spent on toothbrushes in schools.

Encourage people to grow some vegetables and fruit.

This would improve mental health.

I spent 12 years as a councillor for BOPRC. Nine year on the Eastern Bay Road safety committee, three as chair. 10yrs on the Whakatane Kiwi Trust, 5 as chair, 3yrs.Eastern Conservation Board. Several years on the Ballance Farm Environment Trust.

My goal is to improve everyone's health needs, with more people being responsible for their own health.

Ian Finch

I am an optometrist practicing in Whakatane for 28 years I have an history of governance in both business and community .

I am married to Sue (midwife) for 40 yrs. I have three children and three grandchildren. I am passionate about achieving the best health outcomes for everyone in the BOP.

As a health professional I see how poor health affects the daily life of so many individuals. I see how inequity affects health –it is incumbent upon us all to care for the ones who have the least opportunity to care for themselves. Using my governance experience I can help shape a health authority which fulfils those aims.

It is important that our health authority demonstrates a culture of care not only for its patients but also for its employees. My experience in helping nurture positive culture change in a variety of environment's will prove beneficial in this regard.

Mawera Karetai

I offer my skills and energy to support the people and communities of the BOP in achieving positive health outcomes for all. My interests are: A child's first 1000 days; the impact of our environment on the health and wellbeing of families; and sensible prevention strategies to improve health outcomes across the BOP.

With useful skills and experience in governance, I have been effective in driving positive change on various boards. My Bachelor of Applied Management and Masters in Environmental Management have provided a solid foundation for my professional governance practice.

With knowledge in finance and investment I know the right questions to ask to ensure we are using your money to best support you, your family, our communities and your medical professionals. My family supports me. I will attend board meetings ready to work, having read and understood Board papers.

Bev Edlin

Re-Elect Dr Bev Edlin DBA, MBA, FGNZ, CFInstD

As a current Board Member with a wide range of proven business skills, coupled with extensive governance experience, expertise and practical involvement in large organisations, I remain dedicated and focussed to the task of ensuring this large, complex and specialist organisation delivers appropriate and needed health-related services to our communities today; while planning for its future.

I currently chair the BOPDHB's Community Public Health and Disability Advisory Committee. I am a member of its Audit-Finance-Risk and Strategic Health Committees. I also represent BOPDHB on two of the Lakes DHB's Advisory Committees.

My promise:
“To ensure your District Health Board effectively and strategically leads the organisation

into the future by becoming even more financially savvy so it can continue delivering professional, effective and timely health services and facilities for all”.

Ehara taku toa I te toa takatahi engari, he toa takitini.

Clare Wilson

In standing for the DHB I believe I have the holistic perspective and experience needed to represent the providers and consumers of the Health Services in the BOP.  I have worked in both hospital- and community-based health sectors as a registered nurse over 30 years, and am now specialising in mental health of young people in the education sector.  My qualifications include:  MSc(Edin), BA, Diploma of Nursing, and I am a Justice of the Peace.  I am an educator, caregiver, and a trusted professional who achieves results. My recent focus has been our young people - our future.  Having one foot in education and the other in health gives me a unique perspective on today's issues and opportunities. I know the needs of our community, from child and adolescent health through to aged care. I will proudly represent Bay of Plenty residents, health professionals and providers with integrity and acumen.

Tracy Livingston

Many New Zealanders rely on alternative healthcare. They need someone on the Board to support and encourage a broader perspective of the requirements for good community health.

Antibiotic resistance is our new challenge. DHB should start trialling effective alternatives, such as IV vit.C and negative ion therapy. DHB should also trial natural remedies, particularly for those who ask for them, to reduce drug side effects and spiraling costs.

Hospitals need to implement trials into integrative medicine as recommended in the 2004 MACCAH report -$file/Complementary-and-alternative-health-care-in-New-Zealand.pdf

I will support alternatives to vaccination and antibiotics for tamariki to reduce chronic childhood illness. I will speak up for families with vaccine injured children and families who decline vaccination.

DHB must ensure our precious drinking water and food is uncontaminated so must decline 1080 aerial poisoning, water fluoridation and work with council to reduce community exposure to environmental toxins. Meet me at

Tracy Livingston – B. Applied Science (Osteopathy)

Sneha Gray

The right to quality healthcare is essential to sustaining our identity, and therefore it is imperative to have diverse people on the board with expertise in both clinical and non-clinical care.

While we have made improvements, we still struggle to provide an environment where all patients can access dignified healthcare.

Research shows that those who are afforded dignity both physically and psychologically respond better to their treatment, and so it is incumbent upon us to create a health system that provides that dignity.

With an in-depth knowledge of people and identity, local and international expertise in varied areas including place development; governance; and efficient communications, Sneha brings with her unique skillsets that will be an asset.

Sneha's work at the Auckland DHB and access to services at the BOPDHB has given her a good understanding of the system. She is currently finishing up her doctorate on people place and identity.

Sharon Kletchko

Passionate about your health and the services you need to keep healthy, Dr Sharon Kletchko wants to be your elected Board member on the BOPDHB Board. Vote her number 1 on the SVT. Why? Dr Kletchko knows your health services! Sharon is a Canadian-born medical practitioner with over 36years working in New Zealand for New Zealanders. Sharon worked in the NZ Public Health System as a front-line Clinician, a Kidney Dialysis, Emergency Department and Intensive Care Director. She was the Chief Medical Officer for the Ministry of Health - early'90's. Employed in 1993 to be the director Emergency Services in Tauranga, Sharon has worked on DHB Strategic goals for the BOP, Nelson-Marlborough and Southern DHBs. Sharon is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors having extensive Board experience. Vote#1 for Dr Sharon Kletchko for your health!!

H.H. Ahomiro

Hori is a Registered Social Worker and Mental Health Advisor/Cultural lead with a special interest in Kaupapa Māori and Indigenous models of health and wellbeing. He has applicable systemic and practical experience within Iwi, social services, community and government health environments.  He is a respectful advocate, of bicultural social work, human rights, natural justice and the   implementation of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. He aims to add his experience and skill set to help transform and improve our current poor health statistics and outcomes for Māori and other patients in our BOPDHB region. His background includes Governance, Management and leadership of whānau, hapū and iwi, including that of local and national mental health, social work, community, psychiatry and health quality and safety commission boards and affiliated Māori advisory groups.

MIS (Hons) BSW, Reg SW, Dip Ad Ed, Clinical and Mataora Supervisor.

MANZASW, RANZCP Māori Council, HQSC Māori Advisory.       

Ron Scott JP CMInstD

DHB Deputy Chair, Chair of Audit, Finance, Risk Management Committee.

We need stable, strong governance experience for ongoing development of health services in our rapidly changing region.

The current Chair and CEO both retire later this year so the institutional knowledge and experience I bring as Deputy Chair will be vital when appointing a new CEO -a key decision for the new Board.

We also need:

-Better access to after-hours services

-To encourage older people to stay active in their own homes with appropriate home-care services and to provide respectful care if health deteriorates,

-Safe workplaces for our staff and other health professionals, with appropriate resourcing. When we care for our health professionals we care for our patients.

About me: Experienced Director (Chair SILC, AA-BoP District Council, Stellaris Ltd). Long involvement in the disability sector.

I facilitate Governance and Strategic Planning in a range of organisations.