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Our Staff

Erica FaibankErica Fairbank

National Education Manager

Kidney Health New Zealand would like to welcome Erica Fairbank to the role of National Education Manager. 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 will commence her role on 28 November 2019 and will be based on the North Shore, Auckland.

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. 

Jacqui Jeffrey

Fundraising Coordinator KHNZ

Jacqui joined KHNZ in March 2018 as part time fundraising coordinator.

Prior to joining Kidney Health New Zealand, Jacqui worked for Youthline Central South Island as their funding coordinator.  Jacqui also runs events, and co orindates a small farmer’s market in the town she lives in. Jacqui has run both large and small community events and continues to do a couple of family events throughout the year. "I was looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to work for a National organisation that has the potential to positively impact the lives of so many people really appealed to me.  This organisation has achieved so much, and I hope that I can help us to achieve even more."

Jacqui lives in a town on the outskirts of Christchurch with her husband and three children. We are excited to welcome Jacqui to the KHNZ team.

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.

Carmel Gregan-FordCarmel Gregan-Ford

Contract Nurse Educator KHNZ

Christchurch-based, Carmel has been the organisaton's National Education Manager for 17 years and now works on a contract basis for KHNZ

Chrissy TaylorSandy Speedy

Contract Nurse Educator KHNZ

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

John Collins

Medical Advisor KHNZJohn Collins - Medical Advisor

John Collins is a nephrologist in Auckland. He graduated from Otago University with an  MBChB in 1974, and subsequently trained in Wellington, commencing Renal Training in 1979. He undertook a three year renal research fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles from 1981-1984. He returned to New Zealand to take up an appointment at Auckland Hospital where he continues to practice. He is an Honorary Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He also provides private nephrology consultations at Mercy Specialist Group in Epsom, Auckland.

He has had a very long-standing interest in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis and has published many papers in these areas. He has a strong commitment to early diagnosis of kidney disease and implementation of strategies to control disease as much as possible at an early stage. He is a keen supporter of kidney education and screening of at risk populations to identify silent kidney disease. He would like to see improved outcomes for Maori and Pacific people who are the highest risk groups with kidney disease.

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


Michael Papesch - ChairpersonMichael Papesch





Nick Polaschek - Deputy Chair

Nick Polaschel







Natalie BrownNatalie Brown







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. 


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