Our Board Members

Pauline Lockett - Chair

Pauline Lockett has lived in New Plymouth since 1981. She was appointed to the Taranaki District Health Board in 2010 and was appointed as the chair in 2013 and again in 2016.  She is a member of all the DHB’s committees.

Pauline is a director of Landcorp Farming Limited and is the chair of the Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee.


Neil Volzke - Deputy Chair

Neil has resided in Stratford most of his life and has had a varied and challenging working career. This includes 18 years as a radiographer and nine years as the chief executive of two central Taranaki rest home facilities. Neil was elected to the Stratford District Council in 2001 and became District Mayor in 2009, a position he currently holds.

Neil has a good insight into how health services are delivered in the smaller towns and rural parts of the region, with a particular focus on timely access to core services. He views the retention of GP services as a genuine concern for smaller communities and recruitment needs to be actively encouraged.  As a board member he is in touch with community health needs and expectations, helping to ensure decisions made deliver the best possible services equally, to everyone.

During his time as a Mayor, Neil has become well aware of the difficulties many families have to endure especially around housing, employment and health issues.  He supports a whole of community approach to improving the overall well-being of people and would like to see more collaboration between councils, Government agencies and the DHB to achieve that goal.


Aroaro Tamati

Aroaro was first appointed to the Taranaki District Health Board in 2013. She is a member of the Finance Audit and Compliance Committee and also a member of the Hospital Advisory Committee, the Community & Public Health Advisory Committee and the Disability Support Advisory Committee.

Aroaro is a committed advocate of Māori development in Taranaki, as co-director of Te Kōpae Piripono Māori immersion ECE for 20 years (she is also a Board member of Te Pou Tiringa Incorporated, Te Kōpae Piripono’s governing body) and more recently as a Māori health researcher, having enrolled in a PhD in public health through the University of Otago.

Aroaro is active in the Taranaki Māori community. She is secretary of Ngāti Moeahu Hapū, secretary of one of Parihaka’s three active marae - Te Paepae o Te Raukura - and trustee of both the Taranaki Iwi Trust and Te Kāhui o Taranaki Trust. She also supports the monthly gatherings held at Parihaka to honour the legacy of Tohu Kākahi and Te Whiti o Rongomai, and is a director of Mataara Ltd.

Richard Handley

Richard’s career includes 15 years in international and domestic banking, followed by chief executive positions at Lakeland Health, the Human Rights Commission, and in tertiary education as deputy chief executive of Unitec and chief executive of WITT. Richard is also chair of Taranaki DHB’s Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee.



Kevin Nielsen

Kevin is an elected member of the Taranaki District Health Board and is also chair of the Hospital Advisory Committee. He spent 36 years of his working life at Taranaki Newspapers - the last 16 as General Manager, and has recently retired as chief executive of Hospice Taranaki where he led the organisation for 15 years.

Kevin’s top priority is to minimise financial deficit of Taranaki hospitals whilst not compromising on primary healthcare.  He wants all Taranaki people to benefit from quality health services.


Harry Duynhoven

Harry is New Plymouth-born and bred and is married to Margaret, with whom he has three adult children.  He has serviced the community in many different roles, including Member of Parliament, Mayor and is currently on the New Plymouth District Council.

Through these roles he has assisted many people to access the healthcare they needed.  Harry believes timely access to healthcare services is vital for Taranaki people, especially as the ageing population grows.  Harry also does consultancy, charity and voluntary work, is an honorary member of two international advocacy organisations and is a board member of Habitat Taranaki and NP Rotary.


Rose Bruce

Rose is a local GP who is an advocate for online healthcare services in the future.  She wants to help Taranaki DHB evolve to this new environment and is keen to be part of this change. 

Rose believes in delivering high quality care in innovative ways and hopes her role as a GP can offer some of this insight.


David Lean

David has a proven record of community leadership and governance experience in Taranaki, having been New Plymouth Mayor from 1980-92, serving as Civil Defence controller for more than three decades and leading Sport Taranaki as chairperson for 20 years. 

David is keen to make a positive difference in the region’s future health care and believes focus on health promotion and education is vital to community wellbeing.  David is also currently deputy chairman of the Taranaki Regional Council.


Te Aroha Hohaia

Te Aroha is an elected member of the Taranaki District Health Board and is chair of both the Disability Services Advisory Committee and the Community & Public Health Advisory Committee.

Te Aroha has professional and personal interests in community governance and local decision making. She is especially interested in the wellbeing of her mokopuna. Te Aroha is of Ngāruahine, Taranaki and Te Atiawa descent. She and her husband, Greg van Paassen, live in Hawera.


Alison Brown

Alison was employed by Taranaki DHB for 40 years, commencing as a nurse aide and progressing to the registered nurse role.  During her career, she had close associations with management and was a strong campaigner for patient rights.

Alison has been involved with the NZ Nurses Organisation both regionally and nationally and was awarded honorary life membership for services to nursing before retiring in 2011.  She now works as a casual health assistant, is a committee member of Grey Power New Plymouth and is a member of the DHB’s Health of Older People Consumer Reference Group. 

Alison has a good understanding of health services, from community, rural and hospital perspectives, and is passionate about people having access to core health services across the region.


Bev Gibson

Bev is a registered nurse and health auditor with a wealth of experience in the health sector.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in nursing and education, a Postgraduate Diploma in health service management and a Masters in management.  Bev is focused on good health, wellbeing and physical/mental disability for Māori, the elderly and families. 

She is an advocate for quality programmes where early intervention and prevention ensure people can enjoy life to the fullest.  Bev is also a Director of Parininihi Ki Waitotara, a member of Taranaki Lotteries Committee, chair of Mahia Mai A Whaitara and an independent trustee of Lantern House Trust.


Last updated: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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