Meet Our Board

The Board meets eight weekly.  Open public meeting are held from 5.00pm-5.30pm.  To confirm meeting dates and times phone 520-6267.

Direct Board Contact:

Alistair Sowman, PO Box 1091, Blenheim 7240

Marlborough Primary Health Board as at September 2018








Alistair Sowman – Chairman

AlistairAlistair Sowman has recently stepped down as Malborough Mayor.  A position he held from 2004 to 2016.  Prior to that he had been a M.D.C Councillor for three years.

A fourth generation Marlburian, he grew up in Springlands and attended local primary and secondary schools before joining his family’s long-established firm of funeral directors.  He left that business after 20 years to become a garlic grower and exporter, later becoming chairman of the NZ Garlic Export Council.  He has also served as Regional President of Marlborough’s Round Table Service Club.

Currently Alistair chairs the Board of Community Law Marlborough and the governance group of the local Children’s team.

Helen Neame

150220_photos helen n cHelen is a Registered Nurse and Midwife who trained in the last nursing class at Wairau Hospital.  Helen worked in several nursing and midwifery areas before moving into a health management role at a national level.  Helen lives on a farm in Seddon with her husband Malcolm and their children.  Helen has been a member of Kimi Hauora Wairau since 2011 and is a Director of the Wairau Community Clinic.


Tarina MacDonald

Tarina affiliates to the iwi of Rangitane, Ngati Kuia, Ngati Koata, Ngati Rarua and Te Ati Awa and was born and raised in Marlborough.  Tarina’s networks and background brings to the Kimi Hauora Board 30 years of insights and experience of developing maori communities, in Marlborough, Wellington and Wairarapa communities.

Tarina’s passion and drive to develop maori communities from marae, to whanau, to hapu, to iwi levels enriches our hub to understand maori communities and the development challenges maori communities face.

It is this experience and Tarina’s exceptional skills and knowledge base in: te reo maori; maori land management and maori land law; marae management; customer service; governance; management and operations; business practice development; project management processes; evaluation principles and methodologies; management and strategic thinking techniques; human resource management qualifications; contract management experience; technical writing; and public sector background derived from roles in national fora participation; facilitation & programme management; contract management, project management, community development and tertiary training  that we believe will benefit the clients of Kimi Hauora Wairau.


Greg King

In 2013 Greg retired after 39 years in Chartered Accountancy. Greg and wife Robyn have lived in Marlborough since 1980 and have long considered themselves “Marlburians”. With retirement Greg has become more involved in community bodies having recently been appointed a trustee of the Marlborough Heritage Trust and now a trustee of Kimi Hauora Wairau Marlborough Primary Health.

Greg was a founding director of Winstanley Kerridge Chartered Accountants, now WK Advisors and Accountants Ltd and remains a part time consultant to this firm. He has spent 33 of his 39 years in public practice based in Blenheim.

Greg and Robyn live on their 9 ha vineyard in Grovetown which, with help from their 3 daughters they developed in 2000.

With his experience in accountancy, 12 years on St Mary’s Board of Trustees and involvement with various company boards of directors Greg brings a strong financial background and a clear understanding of the governance role to Marlborough Primary Health. He has also been involved in a number of community projects and organisations over the years, notably a continued long involvement in the Marlborough Hospital Equipment Trust, as a Trustee and Treasurer, which has provided him experience in the operations of Health sector.

Profiles to come:

Louise McKenzie

Ruth Hamilton

Deon Claassens

Kate Gaines


Annual Report & Audited Financials

Annual Report 2017-18
2.7 MB
2018 Audited Financial Reports MPHO
1.1 MB


Clinical Governance

The Board receives advice on clinical matters from the clinical Governance Group (CGG). The Terms of Reference for this group can be found below.

The Clinical Governance Group is an advisory committee to the Board of Marlborough Primary Health  for the purpose of providing governance of clinical care within the PHO and to advise the Board on appropriate steps necessary to effect this.
Current members:
  • Debbie Carter – Community Care Pharmacy
  • Scott Cameron – Wairau Community Clinic
  • Layla Derweesh – Picton Medical Centre
  • Chris Florence – ED Wairau Hospital
  • Guy Gardiner – Omaka Medical
  • Ros Gellatly – Scott Street Medical
  • Ricky Carr – Te Piki Oranga
  • Helen Pike – Springlands Health Ltd
  • Eric Wegener – Lister Court Medical
  • Katie Smith – Picton Medical Centre
  • Catrina Traini – Redwoodtown Medical
  • Lucy Moore – Picton Medical Centre
  • Sarah Maskill – Wairau Community Clinic
  • Rachel Unwin – Omaka Medical