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Our Board's strategic approach

Kia ora

Thanks for your interest in our health system.

On 1 July 2022, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority became Aotearoa’s new national health authorities.

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board was disestablished and became part of Health New Zealand.

Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority have their own governance structures. Therefore, DHB boards and advisory committees ceased to operate on 30 June 2022.

Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority are committed to delivering a health system that is simpler and more coordinated, allowing for better and more consistent care to support all New Zealanders to live longer and have the best possible quality of life.

For information about the governance of Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority please visit their websites or

Archived board and committee papers

View previous DHB Board and committee papers

The board guides its decision making through applying a strategic approach, particularly because of the need to operate within a financially constrained environment:

  • Substitute, rather than supplementary, services;
  • Upstream interventions, particularly self management strategies like exercise, diet and Whānau Ora;
  • Reduce health inequalities, by targeting those with the highest need;
  • Increase health gain per dollar spent;
  • Intersectoral collaboration and cooperation;
  • Evidence based decision-making;
  • Being prepared to change the paradigm of how we deliver services (the "who" and the" how") so that we design services that progress our strategic direction; and
  • Patient centred care.

You can read more about the Board's Strategic Health Plan or click onto a summary of the Plan

BOP District Health Board - Terms of Reference [PDF, 1.9MB]
BOP District Health Board - Code of Conduct [90KB]

Meet our members

Bev Edlin

Bev Edlin Board Chair

Bev Edlin DBA, MBA, FGNZ, CFInstD

Bev was appointed as a Board Member of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board in November 2016. She brings to the appointment extensive business and governance experience after holding several senior management positions, before serving on a wide range of boards for over the past 16 years.

Complimenting this is her extensive knowledge in the discipline after completing a Doctorate in Governance from Massey University in 2007. Since then, she has structured/restructured, trained and evaluated a wide range of Boards and Trusts and in doing so has worked to improve governance in this country. To date she has written over forty articles on the topic.

Her community interests are widespread as is her respect for the environment. As a past Tauranga City Councillor, she currently serves as a Liquor Licencing Commissioner for Tauranga City Council and Western Bay District Council.

Geoff Esterman, Interim Deputy Chair

Geoff Esterman Deputy Board Chair

Geoff is New Zealand born and a trained General Practitioner who has worked in the BOP for for the last 25 years completing hospital years in Tauranga, then working as a GP locum around the BOP before taking over Gate Pa Medical Centre over 20 years ago.

He has been involved with Primary Health Care boards and has a good overview of hospital issues by attending regular meetings and through ongoing interaction with hospital colleagues. He brings to the Board a strong understanding of how the health system functions from a hospital, General Practice and patient perspective. He also brings common sense from life experience and a voice from the coalface for patients.

Geoff wishes to help the board facilitate improving health for all, especially those most at need. He does this by enabling patients to look after themselves better and ensuring excellent back up community and hospital services. He believes this can be achieved through education and improved efficiencies and communication.

Ron Scott

Ron Scott


Ron was elected to the Board in 2010 and appointed by the Minister of Health in 2013 as Deputy Chair.

He is also Chair of the Finance Audit and Risk Management committee. Ron is the founder of Stellaris Ltd, which specialises in governance education and strategic planning services.

Ron is active in the community with roles that include Chair of the SILC Charitable Trust, Member of the BoP District Council of AA and Chair of the Suzanne Aubert Catholic School Establishment Board. He served as a trustee of TECT for 12 years and is a former member of the University of Waikato Council. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, a professional member of the NZ Association of Training and Development, and a Justice of the Peace.

His interest is to see that the Health and Disability sector is 'joined up' across all populations and covering the spectrum from wellness through primary care and into the hospital service. The objective is to have a healthier population across the region.

Hori Ahomiro

Hori Ahomiro

MIS (Hons) BSW, Reg SW, Dip Ad Ed, Clinical and Mataora Supervisor

Hori's principal place of residence is in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board area.

Hori is a Registered Social Worker and Mental Health Advisor/Cultural lead with a special interest in Kaupapa Mäori and Indigenous models of health and wellbeing. He has applicable systemic and practical experience within Iwi, social services, community and government health environments. He is a respectful advocate, of bicultural social work, human rights, natural justice and the implementation of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. He aims to add his experience and skill set to help transform and improve our current poor health statistics and outcomes for Mäori and other patients in our BOPDHB region.

His background includes Governance, Management and leadership of whänau, hapü and iwi, including that of local and national mental health, social work, community, psychiatry and health quality and safety commission boards and affiliated Mäori advisory groups.

Mark Arundel

Mark Arundel

Mark has enjoyed his career in community pharmacy and has a diverse range of sporting and community interests.

His experience as a primary health provider, Board member and life experiences with family have reinforced belief in the prioity care and compassion required in healthcare and that respect, dignity and comfort for our growng elder population should be universal.

Mark was appointed to Eastbay Health and Westbay Health prior to the establishment of the BOPDHB and has been an electetd Board member since.

Ian Finch

Ian Finch

Driving Better Health Outcomes For All.
Ian's principal place of residence is in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board area.

Ian is an optometrist practicing in Whakatane for 28 years who has a history of governance in both business and community. He is married to Sue (midwife) for 40 yrs and has three children and three grandchildren. He is passionate about achieving the best health outcomes for everyone in the BOP. As a health professional he sees how poor health affects the daily life of so many individuals. He sees how inequity affects health - it is incumbent upon us all to care for the ones who have the least opportunity to care for themselves. Using his governance experience he will help shape a health authority which fulfils those aims.

It is important our health authority demonstrates a culture of care not only for its patients but also for its employees. Ian's experience in helping nurture positive culture change in a variety of environment's will prove beneficial in this regard.

Marion Guy

Marion Guy


Marion is a Registered Nurse. Her clinical work includes both hospital and community. She has had four terms as a board member at BOPDHB.

Marion has extensive experience in the health sector, as a nursing leader, on a number of nursing related governance boards, locally, nationally and internationally. She is a board member of the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation. Marion has a Masters in Nursing and was awarded a Queens Service Order in 2010 for her services to nursing.

Leonie Simpson

Leonie Simpson

Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Taranaki
Adept at strategy, governance and relationship management, Leonie led Te Runanga o Ngati Awa, the mandated settlement entity that manages the collective affairs of Ngati Awa.

Now 15 years post-Treaty of Waitangi settlement, the organisation strives to achieve Ko Ngāti Awa Te Toki - Iwi Vision 2050, which Leonie was responsible for leading in an earlier iwi role.

Having graduated from the University of Auckland, Leonie's career has always focused on development, providing strategic advice and leading organisations to identify and realise their potential.

For the past decade, Leonie is also the owner and director of Toitu Design Limited with her husband, which fuses extensive knowledge of traditional Māori art forms with contemporary design concepts.

Arihia Tuoro

Arihia Tuoro

Master of Business in International Business Management Diploma in Corporate Management
Institute of Directors NZ

Whakatohe, Ngaitai ki Torere, Tainui

Arihia's work career has spanned  travel and tourism and Maori /  Iwi development in both the public and private sector. Arihia's  areas  of interest includes governance, people and capability , economic development, health and social services and operational and strategic management

Arihia's current Board appointments are  BOPDHB, Whakatōhea Mussels and Lotteries Oranga Marae.

Arihia initially returned to Ōpōtiki from Auckland 18 years ago  to care for her elderly parents, and of course she has loved being home and amongst her Iwi hence returning to Auckland was not an option.


Wayne Williams

Wayne Williams

Born in Christchurch to parents from Timaru and Dunedin, Wayne relocated to Wellington at the age of 10. Here he attended Silverstream and Brentwood Primary Schools followed by Heretaunga College. He acquired a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration at Victoria University and subsequently a Diploma of Teaching at Christchurch Teachers’ Training College.

Wayne’s first teaching secondment was at Tauranga Boys College followed by 2 years at his former secondary school, Heretaunga College. He then worked at Wilkinson Wilberfoss (now KPMG) in Wellington for 3 years before moving abroad to live in London with his young family for the next 3 years.

On returning from London Wayne joined Gilfillan Morris (now KPMG) in Tauranga where he resided for 13 years before moving to Auckland.

With extensive experience of close to 30 years within the health sector, Wayne has worked in line management and consulting roles within primary care, DHBs and the MOH. He specialises in governance, financial management, corporate restructuring, capital raising and forensic/audit investigation.

He is currently Chief Executive of Alliance Health Plus Trust, a Pacific-led Primary Health Organisation based in South Auckland, is the Chairperson of the Auckland Waitemata DHB Leadership Team and Co-Chairs the Counties Manukau DHB Alliance Leadership team. Wayne is also Chair of the Auckland Primary Care Leaders Group and the Moko Foundation.

Known for his business leadership and management, Wayne excels in the facilitation of groups to achieve collective impact greater than any individual contribution. He is particularly interested in how Maori and Pacific organisations can collaborate to create more effective economies of scale and lead the design of health systems for their populations.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Wayne’s family includes 3 children and 7 grand-children and he is a keen sportsman who enjoys rugby, indoor basketball, squash and tennis.

Hui/meeting information

Venue: Zoom
Date: Wednesday, May 2022
Time: 11:00 am

Meeting agenda: May 25, 2022 [PDF, 7MB]