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Equity Focussed Speakers

Professor of Public Health

  Peter Crampton is a professor of public health in Kōhatu, the Centre for Hauora Māori, at the University of Otago. He researches and teaches Māori health, health systems and public health. His academic career has spanned a variety of roles including serving as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences and Dean of the Otago Medical School. His research is focused on social indicators and social epidemiology, health care policy, health care organisation and funding, and Māori health. He was a member of the Government’s Health and Disability System Review panel, and sits on the boards of the Health Quality and Safety Commission and the Southern District Health Board. He lives in Dunedin and loves exploring the mountains and lakes of the southern part of Te Waipounamu 


Junior Doctor


Chief Executive of Wakatū Incorporation


Dr Emma Espiner (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) is a junior doctor at Middlemore Hospital, and an award-winning writer and podcast host. Emma’s writing features at The Guardian, Newsroom, Stuff, The Spinoff and in academic and literary journals. She has a background in politics, communications, media and Māori public health. 


Kerensa is the Chief Executive of Wakatū Incorporation, a hapū-owned organisation based in Nelson, which owns Kono NZ LP, an export food and beverage business; AuOra, focused on health, science and nutrition and Whenua, its land and property business.  With offices throughout Aotearoa and in Shanghai, Wakatū exports premium food and beverages to over 40 countries, with long-standing customer relationships particularly in the Asia and North America markets.   

Committed to its 500 year intergenerational plan, Te Pae Tawhiti, Wakatū also has an active social and cultural development arm which is committed to building whānau capability and innovation as well as achieving the Te Tau Ihu intergenerational strategy for the region.

Chair of the Taumata Arowai Māori Advisory Group


Chair of the New Zealand Medical Council


Ms Tipa Mahuta has a background in facilitation, research, policy and community development complemented by over 20 years in Iwi governance experience. She lives at Waahi Pa in Huntly.

Ms Mahuta is currently the Deputy Chair on Counties Manukau District Health Board and the Chair of the Taumata Arowai Māori Advisory Group, a councillor with the Waikato Regional Council, co-chair of the Waikato River Authority and board member with the Te Kotahi Research Centre.

Ms Mahuta has served on a wide range of iwi and community boards including Iwi Māori Council at Waikato DHB and Tainui Group Holdings. She also has experience in environmental governance, serving on the Waikato Conservancy.

My marae established the first marae-based health clinic in the 1980s as a model of care for our whānau and increase access to hauora services. Waikato has had to employ our own responses since Raupatu where landlessness, poverty and epidemics have caused us to create our own strategies for survival like other whānau and communities around the motu.


Ko Whakatōhea rāua ko Ngāti Porou ngā iwi. Curtis is a renal & general physician working at Palmerston North Hospital. 

He is the current Chair of the New Zealand Medical Council and was recently appointed to the interim Board Health New Zealand - the organisation responsible, alongside the Māori Health Authority, for implementing major health reforms in Aotearoa New Zealand. He also serves on the Board of Te ORA, the Māori medical practitioners association.

His research interests focus on health equity, including improving indigenous access to kidney transplants.

International Speaker

Cardiac Electrophysiologist. Louisville, KY


For the past 24 years, John Mandrola has practiced electrophysiology in Louisville KY. He earned his MD from the University of Connecticut and went on to train in IM, Cardiology and EP at Indiana University.

After a decade of clinical practice, Dr. Mandrola began writing about medicine on his personal blog. This led to a second “job” as a physician-journalist for | Medscape Cardiology. He is the chief cardiology correspondent for and host of the This Week in Cardiology Podcast. Writing and podcasting helped launch collaborations with researchers and now Dr. Mandrola spends a fair amount of time as an “academic.”

He has co-authored two books: The Haywire Heart, which considered the paradox of heart disease in athletes, and the sixth edition of the textbook: Fogoros’ EP Testing. He is currently working on the seventh edition of EP Testing.

Registrar Speakers 

Senior Interventional Fellow


Interventional and Obstetric Cardiologist

  Andrew Chatfield completed his medical training at the University of Otago, Dunedin and Wellington campuses. He has worked at many Hospitals throughout New Zealand, before finishing his cardiology training in the Auckland region. He is currently the senior Interventional fellow currently at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. He has gained excellent exposure to intervention in complex coronary and structural heart disease. He has been involved with a large number of research / clinical / teaching opportunities and interests include complex PCI, intravascular imaging, structural valve degeneration and valve durability. He has been offered a position working as Interventional cardiologist commencing later this year in Wellington Hospital. During down time he enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with his young family.  


  Sarah Fairley is an Interventional and Obstetric Cardiologist at Wellington Hospital, NZ. Specialist interests in complex / CTO PCI and intravascular imaging (IVUS / OCT). Completed subspecialty training in Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast and was awarded a PhD from Queens University Belfast. Research / clinical / teaching interests in complex PCI, intravascular imaging, SCAD, high-risk cardiac pregnancies, rheumatic heart disease and equitable healthcare and delivery Incoming Chair of the NZ Interventional Working Group. Fellow of the APCTO Club. Fellowship mentor for SCAI. Mum. Runner. Te reo Māori ākonga


General Cardiologist


General and Interventional Cardiologist 






  Kerryanne  is a general cardiologist at NMDHB, who specialises in  a non-invasive imaging with particular interest in 3D Transoesophageal echocardiography and valvular heart disease. 

She initially worked in the UK after graduating from Dundee Medical school, prior to emigrating to New Zealand in 2007. After completing her cardiology training at Tauranga and Auckland City Hospitals she completed a non-invasive multi-modality imaging fellowship at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust including CT Coronary angiography, Cardiac MRI and advanced echocardiography. 

Kerry joined the Nelson Marlborough Cardiology team in 2017 setting up the CT coronary angiography service and introduced contrast echocardiography. She is also a New Zealand Resuscitation council CORE (Certificate of Resuscitation and Emergency Care) instructor, Chair of the RACP cardiology sub-speciality training committee and sits on the CSANZ Quality and imaging committees



Thalib practices general and interventional cardiology in Nelson, the city in which he grew-up and continues to have close family links to. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Auckland in 2011. The experience of resuscitating his father from a sudden cardiac arrest as a medical student, and seeing the subsequent therapeutic journey to a remarkable recovery piqued his interest in cardiology. His interest in coronary intervention was set as a house officer at Nelson Hospital, which pioneered the provision of PCI in provincial New Zealand. He undertook basic physician training in the Wellington region, and in 2017 was awarded the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Bryan Hudson Medal. His advanced training in cardiology was completed between Nelson and Wellington Hospital. He remained in Wellington for a year-long interventional cardiology fellowship before taking-up his first consultant position in Nelson in 2021.


General Cardiologist 


Head Department of Cardioloogy


Dr Graeme Porter

Graeme graduated from the University of Auckland School of Medicine in 1988.  Initial postgraduate years were spent at Napier Hospital in the Hawkes Bay and then Kent & Sussex Hospital in the United Kingdom.  After completion of specialist Cardiology training at Green Lane Hospital in Auckland Graeme moved to Australia in 1997 for a 2 year Fellowship in Echocardiography and Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  Graeme was appointed consultant Cardiologist at Tauranga Hospital in 1999 . Graeme is a member of the senior Examiners committee for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a New Zealand Resuscitation Council qualified instructor in advanced life support, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Medicine for the University of Auckland.  He is a general Cardiologist and the Clinical Director of the Tauranga Hospital Echocardiography laboratory with special interest in imaging and congenital heart disease. 

Graeme lives locally with his family and is an avid surfer as well as enjoying other water sports, biking, and music


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