Nelson Bays Primary Health Board is made up of community, Iwi/Māori and provider representation from the Nelson and Tasman region.

The role of the Board is to provide leadership, set the organisation’s strategic direction and vision, set policies and organisational performance measures and appoint and delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officer.

The Board acts within the boundaries of its own constitution as well as other relevant legislation and regulations.

The current Board Members are:

John Hunter - Board Chair

John has served as a Director on two DHBs; 7 years with the West Coast and 3 years with Southland. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the national PHO Alliance which represents the interests of PHO’s in national forums.

John has also held many commercial Board positions (as Company Secretary or Director) on unlisted and NZX listed companies. These included The PDL Group of Companies, LaserCorp Holdings Limited, Pacific Retail Group Limited, CRIS Limited, Powerhouse Ventures Limited, Hydroworks Limited and CPIT.

By profession John is a Chartered Accountant, holding operational positions of CFO, General Manager and Company Secretary.

John was appointed the Trust’s Independent Chairperson in 2011.

Sarah Green - Provider Representative and Deputy Board Chair

Sarah is a UK trained Practice Nurse who settled in New Zealand in 2009. Sarah works at Tasman Medical and within general practice has advanced qualifications in respiratory care and diabetes. She enjoys the preventative and proactive nature of primary care very much, transitioning into it nine years ago after working in oncology, neonatal research and emergency medicine.

Outside of nursing, Sarah’s interests are geology and tectonics, film and cooking, and coaching netball for the Garin College senior teams. She has a Kiwi husband and three children all who go to schools in Richmond.

Sarah is a Provider Representatives on the Board, a member of its Clinical Governance Committee, and a member of the organisation’s Practice Nurse Interest Group.

Helen Kingston - Community Representative

Helen came to Aotearoa New Zealand in the mid 1970s, and worked in the Golden Bay Medical Centre from 1980-2006. During her time there, she initiated the taking of cervical smears by their practice nurse when nurse smear-taking was almost unknown in New Zealand. Helen was instrumental in initiating the Nelson Prescribing Project which was picked up by national organisations such as the former Preferred Medicines Centre and Best Practice Advisory Centre. Active in the Rural GP Network from its initiation in the 1990s, she was its Chair for two years.

Helen is active in many community organisations including Abbeyfield Golden Bay, where she is honorary medical adviser and on its governing committee. Helen is married to Derry, with two adult children and one delightful granddaughter. She was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship of the RNZCGP.

Helen is a Community Representative on the Board.


Graham Loveridge - Provider Representative

Dr Graham Loveridge has worked in General Practice in Nelson since 1985, following working at Nelson Hospital and overseas. Graham is the co-owner of Harley Street Medical.

Graham has an interest in men's health, alongside work in General Practice, and sees men to perform vasectomies.

He is a strong believer that a vigorous General Practice sector with a skilled and motivated workforce of doctors, nurses and administrators provides appropriate, prompt and patient centred care to patients and their whanau.

Graham was born in Golden Bay and has family roots in the wider Nelson district.

Graham was appointed to the Board to represent Providers.

Stuart Hebberd - Provider Representative

Stuart graduated from the NZ Pharmacy College in 1971. In 1976 he purchased his first pharmacy in Levin, followed by Prices Pharmacy (Nelson) in 1980. He served as Chairman of Nelson Retailers Association in 1983 and Board member of NZ Pharmacy Guild 2007-2010.

Stuart has a personal interest in nutritional and environmental medicine as a way to improve health; his recreational activities include under water hockey and distance sea swimming. He grew up in Nelson, married in 1981 and has 3 adult children.

Stuart joined the Board as a Provider Representative.

Sue Stubbs - Provider Representative

Dr Sue Stubbs is a general practitioner and practice owner at Tima Health in Nelson. Sue obtained her medical degree at Sydney University and was one of the early trainees of the general practice training programme. Her first practice was in semi-rural NSW where she practiced cradle to grave medicine, with GP obstetrics a particular highlight.

Apart from her GP work, Sue is the organisation’s Clinical Advisor and Chairs its Clinical Governance Committee.

Australian by birth and education, she moved to Nelson at the end of 2001 with her NZ husband and two daughters. Outside of work, Sue's interests are in family and music.

Sue was appointed to the Board to represent Providers.

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Kim is of Te Arawa (Bay of Plenty) and Ngai Tahu (Otago/Stewart Island) decent. Whakatū was middle ground for her parents. As a child she had many trips that involved either geysers or Mutton-birds.

Kim has three beautiful girls, two of which attend Otago University, studying law, medicine and Māori studies, the youngest is in her last year at college.

Kim has a teaching back-ground, having spent a number of years abroad in Montessori schools, she completed a Masters in Management, with a Health Service focus in 2016.

Kim is the current Kaiwhakahaere (General Manager) of Whakatū Marae.

Kim is a big fan of Nodic Noir and enjoys keeping active with yoga, water sports and dog walking.


Blair Carpenter - Community Representative

Blair was elected to the NBPH board in 2019.

He has worked in the community health sector for over 15 years in various roles, working particularly with youth, Maori, people with disabilities and older people. In 2013 Blair qualified as an addiction and mental health practitioner and is registered with the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ). He has held roles at Odyssey House youth rehabilitation and community services in Auckland and more recently worked as an addiction and mental health practitioner at Te Piki Oranga at Whakatu Marae working with whanau with co-existing disorders. Blair was a founding member of the Top of the South Youth Alcohol and other Drug committee and he is currently a director of The Male Room men’s support services.

He currently works for the Department of Internal Affairs as a community advisor while still working part-time as a volunteer counsellor.

In his spare time Blair plays premier level cricket and plays guitar in a band with friends. He is a new father to 1-year old Remi, and lives with his wife Hana and son in Nelson City.


Carol Hippolite - Maori Representative

Ko Kurahaupo, Ko Aotea ngā Waka
Ko Maungatapu, Ko Taranaki ngā Maunga
Ko Maitahi te Awa
Ko Aorere, Ko O’Kahu ngā moana
Ko Whakatū, Ko Te Pōtaka ngā marae
Ko Tutepourangi tāku Tipuna i te taha tāku Pāpā
Ko Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa Ki te Rā Tō, Rangitane ki Wairau, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga me Ngāti Koata hoki nga Iwi
Ko Ngai Tutepourangi, te Hapū
Ko Thomas Hippolite tāku Pāpā
Ko Tioko Atua tāku Tipuna i te taha tāku Māmā
Ko Taranaki Tūturū te Iwi
Ko Ngāti Tuhekerangi, te Hapū
Ko Edna Mary Puanani Tioko tāku Māmā
Ko Carolina Hippolite tōku ingoa

I am Trustee member on Ngai Tutepourangi Trust including a member of the Ngāti Kuia – He Maunga Pakohe Rautaki Hauora Strategy Group. I currently work for Whakatū Marae as the Facility Manager where I have been for the last 12 years including running the Waitangi Day International Kai festival annually.

I have been a Quit Advisor/ Team Leader for the Quitline, a Health Promoter then the Health Manager before the transition of contracts changed. I have always been interested in health by supporting whanau in self- managing his or her own wellness. To question what you do not understand but importantly learn from it.

My other interests outside of work and Iwi activities are arts & crafts, making poi, broaches and looking after my nieces and nephew.

I find this new role as one of the Maori Representatives reconnecting with the wider health sector exciting, full of hope and look forward to listening, learning, working with this group.