CMDHB Board members

The Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) comprises 11 members. The election for the CMDHB board members took place on 8 October 2016.  

Each DHB has seven elected members for a three year term and up to four members are appointed by the Minister of Health (MoH).

The Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Board is as per Part 3 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 that pertains to all District Health Boards.  Counties Manukau DHB board members for the term beginning 5 December 2016 are:    

* Ministerial appointment.  All other members are elected.

Dr Lester Levy, CNZM (Board Chairman)*Lester Levy

Lester Levy is the appointed chairman of the Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitemata District Health Boards, Auckland Transport and the Health Research Council. He is also the Chairman of Tonkin+Taylor. He is a Lead Reviewer for the State Service Commission’s Performance Improvement Framework, a joint central agency initiative to help public sector senior leaders lead performance improvement in their agencies and across the system. Dr Levy was the foundation Head of the New Zealand Leadership Institute and is Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the University of Auckland. He was the foundation Chief Executive of South Auckland Health and is best known for leading a number of organisational performance transformations as a Chief Executive, entrepreneur and Chairman in both the public and private sectors.  In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List Dr Levy was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health and education.

*Ministerial Appointment


Rabin Rabindran (Deputy Chair)*

Rabin Rabindran is a commercial barrister specialising in major project negotiation and documentation. He has worked on projects throughout NZ and in Asia, Africa, the West Indies and the Pacific acting for Governments, international companies and the World Bank. He is currently a Director of Auckland Transport and the previous Chair of Auckland Regional Transport Authority. Rabin is also a Director of Solid Energy New Zealand and Chairman of the Bank of India New Zealand. He was a Director of Manukau Water, Tomorrow’s Manukau Properties Limited, TMPL (Flat Bush) Limited and MBf Carpenters Ltd, an Australian public company who have extensive interests in the Pacific region.

* Ministerial appointment


Catherine Abel-PattinsonCatherine Abel-Pattinson

Catherine Abel-Pattinson is a registered nurse who has worked extensively within the biotechnology and healthcare sectors, as an Executive Officer. MBA qualified, Catherine’s healthcare roles have spanned primary care, homecare, ambulatory care, eldercare, Hospitals (public and private) and the homecare sector.  Previously Catherine was the deputy Chair of the New Zealand Nursing Council. In 2016 Catherine was appointed to the Health Promotion Agency Board. Catherine has special interests in the health of older people, providing health services sooner and closer to the home while maintaining a focus on high quality healthcare with improved access to health services for disadvantaged sectors of the community. Catherine is married with two young children and aims to bring the board patient-focused care while maximising the health dollar through effective planning and utilisation of resources. With the growing local population and rapid advances in healthcare, living local gives. Catherine an understanding of healthcare services and needs in the region.


Colleen Brown, MNZM JPColleen Brown

Colleen lives in Hillpark Manurewa. She is proud to be a member of the Counties Manukau Health Board and believes that this health board is the most progressive in the country. “We face particular challenges in our area and need strong advocates at the Board table putting the community’s concerns at the centre of all discussions; and to take those concerns to government level if required,” says Mrs Brown. Our youth, people with disabilities and the elderly are a top priority for Colleen. As the mother of a young man with Down syndrome, Colleen understands how challenging it is to access and understand the health system. Colleen has advocated for nurses in schools, supports the Board’s programme to ‘Grow our Own’ work force and to deliver quality health care as close to a family’s local area as possible.


Ashraf ChoundharyDr Ashraf Choudhary QSO JP

Dr Choudhary is a former Member of New Zealand Parliament for 9 years
(2002-2011). He is a former Assoc. Professor, internationally recognised agricultural engineering scientist and researcher and was recently elected as a member of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board of the Auckland City Council for a three year term. Ashraf has served as Chairperson and member of the Manawatu-Whanganui Health Research Ethics Committee and as a member of Massey University’s Inter-Ethnic Research Committee. He is actively involved with and supports many ethnic community groups, and has served as Chairperson of the NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils. As a community leader Ashraf advocates community participation at local and national government level decision-making processes, and believes in fairness, equity and justice for all New Zealanders. He has been honoured with the Queens Service Order (QSO) for services to Community and to Science. He is a proud resident of Manukau, has three adult children and strongly promotes family values.

Dianne Glenn, ONZM JPDianne Glenn

Dianne is Vice President of National Council of Women NZ and liaises with the NCW Health Committee as well as serving on the International Health Committee for Business and Professional Women. Dianne Glenn is a Justice of Peace and was elected to the Counties Manukau District Health Board in 2013 and re-elected in 2016. While on the Board, Dianne has taken an avid interest in the health of older people, improving health services to disadvantaged sectors of the community, promoting the “First 2000 Days” encouraging women to register early in their pregnancy to utilize wrap around services, improving health literacy and promoting the “Healthy Together” Strategy. For 12 years Dianne represented Franklin and Papakura on the Auckland Regional Council, the last six as Chair of Environmental Management and Resource Consent Hearings. In the New Year’s Honours, January 2016, Dianne was awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to women with disabilities and the environment.


Katrina BungardKatrina Bungard

Katrina is passionate about ensuring quality community healthcare services. As Chairperson of the Manukau East Council of Social Services, Katrina is a strong advocate for effective integration between community health and social service agencies. As a child cancer survivor, having lost her left leg at age 11 to bone cancer, Katrina has been involved throughout her life in a range of cancer and disability support organisations. She is passionate about disability advocacy, and wants to ensure that we continue to lead the way in the development of equal opportunities to enable those with disabilities to reach their full potential. As the Deputy Chair of the Howick Local Board, Katrina successfully leads the Community Development and Arts and Culture portfolios. She also oversees the Healthy Howick, Fruit Trees in Schools and Smokefree initiatives on her Local Board, which align with CMDHB Healthy Families policy. 


Dr Lyn MurphyLyn Murphy

Lyn Murphy originally trained as an Occupational Therapist and is currently a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology. Lyn is committed to adding sustainable value to health care and is an internationally recognised presenter on value in health. As a strong supporter of a healthy community she has served on the committees of a number of voluntary organisations. Lyn is active in promoting New Zealand as a good place to do health research. She was the founding Vice President of the International Society of Pharmaco Economics and Outcomes Research (New Zealand Chapter) and served on the Northern Regional Health Research Ethics Committee.


Mark Darrow*Mark Darrow

Mark Darrow is an experienced businessman and director, specialising in corporate governance. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree, is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Mark holds a number of Directorships including as Chairman for The Lines Company, Primary ITO, Armstrong Motor Group, Signum Holdings and Courier Solutions; Director for MTA, VTNZ, and Balle Bros Group; and was previously a Trustee for Macular Degeneration New Zealand.

*Ministerial Appointment


Apulu Reece AutagavaiaReece Autagavaia

Apulu Reece Autagavaia is a lawyer practising in Manukau. He started his legal career at large city law firms, having worked on a range of civil and commercial disputes. Apulu Reece is active in the community including being elected on to the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, sitting on the Tangata o le Moana Pacific Health Network steering group, and the Trust for the Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101 community programmes. He was bestowed the matai title of Apulu from his maternal family in Faleasiu, Samoa. Apulu Reece is married, with two sons, and lives in Papatoetoe. He brings to the DHB a local perspective of the Counties Manukau community to help inform the decisions made at the governance level.


George NgataiGeorge Ngatai, QSM*

George Ngatai has been working in various positions within government and non-government agencies. He lives in South Auckland and is the Director of one of the fastest growing Maori medical clinics in Aotearoa. He has been appointed onto a few boards and committees as a community representative and also as a Ministerial Appointment including Film and Labelling, Lotteries Auckland and of course reappointed onto the Counties Manukau District Health Board serving a second term. George’s expertise is in financial management, organisational growth and national and international relationships. He speaks regularly overseas on Whanau Ora Community Clinics and is working with hard to reach communities. George was recently awarded a Queens Service Medal in the 2017 Honours list for his contribution to Health and Maori Communities.

*ministerial appointment