Board Members

The Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust Board is made up of seven (7) general board members and two (2) Maori board members. 

The Board focuses on the strategic National governance. They employ the Chief Executive Officer and delegate responsibility for the daily leadership and management of the organisation to her.

  • Christine Lake

    Christine Lake


    Christine was appointed as Chairperson of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust in November 2017. Prior to that Christine held the role of New Zealand President of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.

    Christine is a born and bred Cantabrian and a mother of two boys. She first joined Plunket when she returned to New Zealand after a few years in the UK as a way of meeting new people in Christchurch.

    She has been a Plunket volunteer in Canterbury since 2000, and has worked in a variety of roles including Entity Treasurer, Family Centre President, Branch President, New Zealand Councillor and now National Board member since 2010.

    Christine is passionate about the support Plunket gives families in those crucial early years. In her spare time she enjoys the occasional social round of golf. Christine is also a Board Member of the Dyspraxia Support Group of NZ.

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  • Matthew Harker

    Matthew Harker

    Deputy Chair

    Matthew joined Plunket's board in 2016 and is proud to support Plunket’s ambitious path for generational change to promote healthy tamariki, confident whānau and connected communities.

    Matthew has extensive governance experience of large organisations delivering social housing, health, aged care and developing large-scale public private partnership projects.  He has a background in corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions and has previously held senior roles at leading international investment banks – UBS, Rothschild and Societe Generale.

    Since returning to New Zealand, Matthew has had governance roles with the Tāmaki Regeneration Company, Treasury, Hobsonville Land Company (now HLC), Housing New Zealand Corporation and Haumaru Housing.  He brings a deep commitment to community development and improved delivery of care and services into vulnerable communities.

    Matthew is confident that Plunket can deliver on its vision, and is excited to help Plunket provide every New Zealand child with the best possible start in life.

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  • Lucy Hickman

    Lucy Hickman

    Lucy was elected to Plunket's board in July 2016 after previously holding the position of Plunket Wellington/Wairarapa Area Board President. Prior to this she was involved with Plunket as an area board member and consumer representative on the NZ College of Midwives National Committee and Finance, Planning and Administration Committee.

    Lucy is General Manager Corporate Services at Health Promotion Agency and has over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of accounting roles and management positions.

    Outside her board work, Lucy enjoys running, netball and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

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  • Nigel Kirkpatrick

    Nigel Kirkpatrick

    Nigel has both senior management and governance experience.

    Throughout his career he has had a strong focus on innovation and strategy development, balancing both strategic and operational activities. His background has included running his own business, as well as general management and developing and managing global partnerships.

    He spent numerous years overseas with global organisation Unilever, before returning to New Zealand, for his family. On his return, Nigel joined Industrial Research Limited and then a start-up company called The Street.

    Nigel’s most recent management role is as Group Manager Sales, Marketing and Innovation at NEC.

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  • Alison Prins

    Alison Prins

    Alison was elected to the National Board in November 2014.  She was previously the Area President of the Hawke’s Bay Area Board.  Alison also project managed the build of the Hawke’s Bay Community Hub. She has many years experience as a volunteer for Plunket and other organisations. 

    Alison is currently the Group Welfare Manager for Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group. She is responsible for planning and responding to the wellbeing of people and animals in emergencies. Key to this role is developing relationship with and leading across multiple government and non-government agencies to deliver coordinated services and support to communities. 

    She is the mother of three children and lives in rural Hawke’s Bay where she runs a farming and grape growing business with her husband.

    It is important to Alison that every child in New Zealand has the opportunity to reach their potential. Plunket can be instrumental in this supporting families to get their children the best possible start in those critical early years. 

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  • Craig Tamblyn

    Craig Tamblyn

    Craig was elected to the Board in 2016 and over this time has developed an understanding of the challenges and opportunities Plunket faces, and how he can help the organisation deliver in the future.

    Craig is currently the Chief Executive of Hospice Waikato, the only hospice in New Zealand that provides a children and young person’s service - Rainbow Place. This service provides end-of-life care to children and psychological support to siblings and family members. 

    Previously, Craig has worked in government and non-government health, the disability, volunteer and community sectors and understands the environments in some detail.

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  • Amohaere Tangitu

    Amohaere Tangitu

    Amohaere was born in Whakatane and raised in Otākiri, a rural Bay of Plenty settlement. Her iwi affiliations are Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngāti Maniapoto.

    Amohaere has been a member of the National Board since November 2016.  She has had a long history of involvement with Plunket assisting as a cultural advisor for five years and continues to provide the support to the Plunket services within the Bay of Plenty and has also assisted with the naming of the Whakatane Plunket services Te Pūmotomoto o Hinetitama in 2013. 

    Her history of working in health started in the 1960’s when she began her career as a nurse aide in Kawerau Maternity Hospital. Since then she has been an influential member of the Māori Health community and now works as the Director of Regional Māori Health Services, Bay of Plenty District Health Board. 

    Amohaere finished work in March 2018 after 31 years in the health sector but continues to participate on a number of Health Boards and her Iwi Trust Board.

    In recognition of her outstanding contribution to Māori health development the title of Distinguished Fellow – Māori health Sciences (Nursing) was bestowed upon Amohaere by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.

    All of Amohaere’s children, and grandchildren have been Plunket babies and she is excited about being part of the difference Plunket makes for families in generations to come. 

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    Alex Skinner

    Alex spent 12 years as a Partner at KPMG until 2016 before moving into governance roles. At KPMG he worked as an external auditor and also provided support in risk management and internal audit for a range of entities including not for profits, local and central government. He is currently on the Board of five entities, including being the inaugural Chair of the Otautahi Community Housing Trust.

    Alex has been married for over twenty years and has two teenage children. He is very community focused and has always admired the work of Plunket after arriving in New Zealand in 1998. He believes in the importance of looking after all tamariki and giving them the best start in life.

    Alex is the current Chair of Plunket’s Risk and Assurance Committee (RAAC).

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  • Tarati Blair Hunt

    Tarati Blair-Hunt

    Ko Mahuhu ki te Rangi tōku waka
    Ko Ngā Oho, ko Te Urungutu, ko Te Taoū, ko Te Uri o Hau ōku hapu
    Ko Ngāti Whātua tōku iwi
    Ko Tarati Blair-Hunt taku ingoa
    Nō Ōrākei

    Tarati has worked in community health in the last decade, managing medical centres for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and more recently for Auckland City Mission. Tarati’s primary focus is to embed cultural principles within clinical practice and is part of an Auckland collective that has developed a kaupapa Māori framework to assist homeless people in housing.

    Tarati owns a physiotherapy practice with her husband and they have five children who are all Plunket babies. Tarati believes in the Plunket service being delivered to all the community.  


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