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Founded in 1979 as a non-profit organisation, Kidney Health New Zealand relies on public contributions for support.

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Our Staff

Erica FairbankErica Fairbank

National Education Manager

Erica Fairbank joined KHNZ as our National Education Manager in 2019. Erica has 17 years of renal nursing experience with a background of dialysis nursing, renal nurse educator and clinical charge nurse manager across North Shore and Auckland Hospitals and her native Netherlands. She has experience in educating renal teams and patients and in producing resources for both.

Erica will be answering Kidney Health New Zealand’s 0800 phone line as well as responding to web-based enquiries and managing Kidney Health New Zealand’s substantive range of resources including the website, brochures and video resources. She will also be working closely with regional patient support groups, GP practices and DHB renal teams throughout the country.

Erica is based on the North Shore, Auckland. 


Becs HaystonBecs

South Island Renal Educator

Becs has recently joined KHNZ in a new role as our South Island Renal Educator. Within this role she will be working closely with regional patient support groups, GP practices and DHB renal teams throughout the country. Becs will also be directly working with Christchurch Kidney Society to support and educate the local kidney community. Becs hopes to be a part of bridging the gap of knowledge and support around kidney health for minority ethnic groups in the South Island to produce better health outcomes for these people. You may also see Erica and Becs working together on renal projects throughout NZ.

Becs has 17 years of renal nursing experience with a background in dialysis nursing, patient education and support. 

Becs lives in Christchurch with her busy family of six and two labradors. Together they love to get outdoors skiing (yes, the dogs too), hiking and travelling to experience different cultures.

Deanne Hock

Office Administrator Kidney Health New Zealand

Deanne joined Kidney Health NZ in October 2006 as part time Office Administrator, working 3 mornings a week.
Previously Deanne worked for Perpetual Trust. Returning to work after being home with her young family. Deanne is enjoying the variety of work with Kidney Health and is an asset to the team.
She lives with her husband and two boys in Christchurch. 

Anne Hindson

Fundraising Coordinator KHNZ

Anne joined KHNZ in late May 2020 as a part-time Fundraiser with a focus on expanding the range of fundraising streams for the organisation and in particular corporate partnerships. Anne has a diverse background and held a number of management positions in education, sport and events and more recently in the rural sector with two premier leadership programmes. Anne has also been a contractor and project manager working with an Australasian company and her areas of expertise were strategies, stakeholder engagement, feasibility plans capital fundraising.

Anne lives in Christchurch with Barry and they have two adult children,  a daughter in Christchurch and a son in Sydney, and more recently have welcomed two grandchildren to the family.

Leah StewartLeah Stewart

Social Media coordinator

Leah is passionate about social change, health and disability advocacy, nature, and adventure. Leah's drive to make a difference to the lives of others is a recurring theme throughout her career in the health and disability sector, and previously in her work in film and television.

In 2017, Leah made a life-altering decision to donate her left kidney to a school friend who had end-stage renal failure. In 2020, Leah founded Kidney Donor Whānau, a support group for living kidney donors in New Zealand. KDW supports living kidney donors in New Zealand and individuals considering direct or altruistic kidney donation.

Leah's new role with Kidney Health New Zealand involves developing and managing KHNZ social media pages for regional kidney support groups and specific interest groups related to kidney health.

Leah is also a keen mountain biker and competes in local and national cross country and downhill races. 

Michael Campbell

General Manager KHNZMichael Campbell

Born and bred in Northern Ireland, Michael and his wife Mary, a midwife, emigrated to New Zealand in 1993. Michael has held a number of  leadership positions with not-for-profit, educational, governmental and commercial organisations mainly in the South Island, most recently the Mind Lab. His main focus has been innovation and growth.Michael is keen to hear from all stakeholders of Kidney Health New Zealand and begin implmenting the newly adopted strategic plan. Mary and Michael live in Christchurch and have three sons, one based in Christchurch, one in Wellington and one in Adelaide.

Dr Andy SalmonAndy Salmon

Medical Advisor KHNZ

Andy started life in the UK, completing his training in renal medicine, dialysis and transplantation in hospitals around the South West and Midlands. He also had a decade-long stint researching kidney and blood function in diabetes and proteinuria in the UK and USA. An OE to Tauranga in 2002 was the prelude to his family's move to New Zealand in 2014. He now works as a Senior Medical Officer in the renal unit at Waitemata DHB, and plays any sport that he can.

Andy recognises the excellent work that his predecessors and colleagues have provided alongside the Kidney Health NZ team to date, and is honoured and excited to continue medical support to the team as they work to achieve better kidney health for all New Zealanders


Chrissy Taylor

Sandy Speedy

Contract Nurse Educator KHNZ

Auckland-based, Chrissy covers the 0800 number and web-based enquiries at holidays and other times. Chrissy is a very experienced renal nurse working at ADHB. 

Sandy SpeedyChrissy Taylor

Contract Nurse Educator KHNZ

Also Auckland-based, Sandy also covers the 0800 number and web-based enquiries at holidays and other times. Sandy is a very experienced renal nurse working at ADHB. 

Rose O'HaganRose OHagan

Student Intern

Rose is currently a student at the University of Canterbury, majoring in International Relations, Political Science, and Spanish and minoring in History.  Her goal is to one day work in International Relations representing New Zealand in a Spanish speaking country.  

Therese YamitTherese Yamit

Student Intern

I am a 2nd-year Health Science student, majoring in Public Health at the University of Canterbury. My goal is to become a nurse and serve not only individuals but also communities and guide them to good health."

Dr Terry Ryan Dr Terry Ryan

Kaumatua KHNZ

Kidney Health New Zealand is delighted that Dr Terry Ryan, noted genealogist for Ngai Tahu, has agreed to be our kaumatua to helo guide our "mahi", our mission. Terry is well-known throughout the country. 

As a boy growing up in rural Waipu he would sit on the knee of his “Nannie” greataunt Annie McLeod, writing the names of tīpuna on the backs of old photographs. Terry devised a system to connect the subjects of the photos as they related to his aunt. “I’d write it all out…and I know that proved a useful format when I started my work with the 1848 Ngāi Tahu Blue Book census all those years later.” It has been almost 40 years since Terry started with pad and pen to build a whakapapa record for Ngāi Tahu. Over that time the iwi has embraced him as one of their own and Terry has come to feel as he “knows” each of the 1337 kaumātua (elders) recorded in that small blue book. For almost 20 years he worked alone building the records in his impeccable hand writing until in 1992, two staff and computers were added to help with the task. It wasn’t until 2003 that Terry would finally make the move to the new technology. “To me whakapapa means to create the “papa” within oneself. The “papa” is your rock, your anchor, your foundation. Whakapapa lives within, it can assist one’s own self and personal development . Turn the gaze inwards, correct one’s self and your world will change – this is whakapapa.”

We are delighted to have Terry's knowledge of the people, join us in supporting the people of Aoteroa for "better kidney health for all New Zealanders".

Board Members



Nick Polaschek - Deputy Chair

Nick Polaschel

I retired several years ago from working in the health sector, local DHB and Ministry of Health as a nurse, manager and minsitry official,

I am married with 3 children and 8 grandchildren. I enjoy walking in the bush and have interests in music, art and literature, and am involved with Christian meditation. My work focused on long term health conditions, primarily kidney disease and I have a PhD on The concerns of Pakeha men living on home haemodialysis.

I have been on the KHNZ Board for 5 years. 


John KearnsJohn Kearns 

John was born in Auckland and whakapapa’s back to the far North Iwi of Ngati Kuri and Te Rarawa.  John was first diagnosed with renal failure in June 1984 and started haemodialysis in September 1986 and received his first transplant from his elder sister in March 1987.  John has subsequently had two more transplants and has been fortunate to have had 3 transplants for over 26 years and done haemodialysis in-centre, self-care and nocturnal home haemodialysis for over 8 years.

John has been a Consumer Representative on the National Renal Transplant Leadership Team since November 2014, a board member for Auckland District Kidney Society since August 2016 and of course on the board of KHNZ since November 2018.  John also helped form the NZ Transplant Games Association and was a member of the first NZ team to compete at a World Transplant Games, held in Singapore in 1989.

On a professional basis, John has had a 30 year seagoing career and has worked on a wide range of vessels from Tall Ships, Sailing Yachts, Dredges and Offshore Support Vessels to Super Yachts. When John ended up on dialysis in 2010, he starting work as a shipbroker on the sale and purchase of commercial and recreational vessels and has continued this work after his 3rd transplant on Christmas Day 2015.

In the 1970’s and 80’s, John sailed around the world with his Father on their family built yacht.

John said that he feels extremely privileged that he was born in New Zealand, a country with a great renal service, which has enabled him to get married to Maeva, have three beautiful daughters, Tamara 30, Taina 29 and Claudia 21 and three mokopuna Lakota 8, Maximillia 4 and Te Aewa 1 month, and to be able to continue to work and of course, live a full life. 

Fale Andrew LesaAndrew Lesa

Fale Andrew Lesā JP is on the boards of Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand, Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa, New Zealand Bone Marrow Donor Registry, and Emerge Aotearoa.

He is currently reviewing the Ministry of Health's national travel assistance (NTA) scheme and serves as a commissioner on the Child & Youth Mortality Review Committee. 

Growing up in South Auckland to Samoan parents, Fale is acutely aware of the barriers facing Māori and Pacific consumers in particular. He is passionate about equity in healthcare. 



Christine PrinceChristine Prince

Christine was known as an “all-rounder” at school, Newcastle Church High, enjoying some success in sport, academia and drama; at the time she didn’t appreciate how much this would prepare her for a very varied career, perhaps one hint was winning the geography prize as she has to date travelled to over 80 countries (still many more to go). She studied Management Sciences BSc (Hons) in Manchester thinking such a degree would provide scope for working overseas. Christine completed internships in: - Turkey, Greece, Spain and Mexico prior to joining Unilever- Europe and training in Brand Management initially in dishwashing she was promoted to the germ kill office! Overseas postings saw her travel to Costa Rica and then Argentina at a time of hyper-inflation and uncertainty. She returned to the UK as an International Brand Director travelling frequently.

An opportunity led Christine to Australia where she settled initially working for Lion Nathan in a senior marketing role and then running an advertising agency before joining Paspaley as the International Marketing Director. In New Zealand she has worked in retail and then as CEO of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism. Christine made a significant change at the time of the earthquakes joining St John Ambulance to work on Earthquake recovery. That led to her current role as CEO of the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust and the New Zealand Flying Doctor Trust.

At the start of her journey in the north east of England, she had no idea she would end up in New Zealand or working in emergency services or for a charity.

Christine is married to Greg, a Chemistry Professor (and Australian) – they have a blended family of 3 children- two teenagers- Scarlett and Issy and Seb who is 10. She also works, with Greg, as a part time taxi driver- mainly to sports games! 

Traci StanburyTraci Stanbury

Traci’s journey into health services began when her son was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease fourteen years ago (ARPKD). Since then she has become a staunch advocate for child health and organ donation, as well as a community representative at a local, regional and national level. Traci completed a Master of Health Sciences with a focus on improving the well-being of child health and improving the current NZ rates of organ donation. She has served on the Canterbury DHB Family Advisory Committee, the South Island Child Health Strategic Leadership Alliance and the Health Quality and Safety Commission’s Consumer Network. In 2016 Traci was recognised by the Ministry of Health’s annual Volunteer Awards for her services to Child Health.

Traci brings 20 years of marketing experience to her board role and currently works at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute in marketing, communications, events and fundraising. In her spare time she reads, spends time with family and friends and loves to travel. 

David Shearer - board chairDavid Shearer

David has extensive experience working in management and governance across commercial, not-for-profit, government and education organisations. He owns two small businesses with his wife Catherine and is a business advisor with Prime Strategies Group, a Member of the Institute of Directors and serve on the boards of Workbridge and Diabetes New Zealand.

Married with three teenagers, David is an avid art collector, curator of antique maps (future-proofing for when google maps fail!), a lazy reader and average tennis player. When he’s not diving for Pāua with family in Wainui he is finding an excuse to travel. David was born with obstructive uropathy and has chronic kidney disease stage 3.  He has been a regular consumer of Canterbury’s renal services for the last fifty or so years.

Serving on the Kidney Health New Zealand Board is a privilege and an opportunity to apply his mission – connecting people and organisations to ideas and opportunities, so they grow, thrive and positively impact our community.