The National Board is made up of elected volunteer members (5), Maori representation (2) and independent members (2).
The National Board focuses on the strategic National governance. They represent the owners of Plunket who are the thousands of volunteer members throughout the Country.
The National Board employs the Chief Executive Officer and delegates responsibility for the daily leadership and management of the organisation to her.
Christine was appointed the New Zealand President on 14 November 2017 at the Annual General Meeting. 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.
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 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 and is also currently employed as the Welfare Manager for Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.
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.
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.