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Associate Professor Yvonne Anderson

Yvonne founded Tamariki Pakari in 2019, in order to host the Healthy Lifestyle Check IT application being created for healthy lifestyle programmes, and further child health and wellbeing outcomes in Taranaki and beyond. She has 20 years of clinical experience, 13 as a Paediatrician, with subspecialty experience in paediatric endocrinology, diabetes, and non-judgmental approaches to healthy lifestyle change. Yvonne has over a decade of research experience and has led both clinical trials and large implementation projects. From 2022, Yvonne will be based in Perth, Western Australia, working as Associate Professor of community child health with Curtin University, Child and Adolescent Health Service and Telethon Kids Institute. Yvonne remains on the board of Tamariki Pakari, maintaining connections with the Taranaki region, and creating opportunities for collaboration with the team in Aotearoa as they arise.


Professor Cameron Grant

Cameron is a highly respected and experienced paediatrician, teacher and clinical academic, who heads the Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health at the University of Auckland. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, many supporting emerging health researchers. Tamariki Pakari have strong links with the department, with a shared common vision of enhancing child health and wellbeing. Cameron provides support to the team as academic Head, ensuring high-quality outputs, and is the senior link with the University of Auckland.

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health, University of Auckland

Dr José Derraik

José has been working with the team for over 7 years. He has a broad academic background, especially in public health spanning well over 20 years, with over 200 peer-reviewed publications. José provides senior academic support to the team, study design and biostatistical advice to students and clinicians embarking on research projects, and assistance with scientific writing. José works for Tamariki Pakari through the Department of Paediatrics 2 days per week, funded by a combination of project grants and the Trust.

Project Manager, Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health, University of Auckland

Ms Maggie Radich

Maggie joined the team in 2021, and is a dietitian by professional training. Maggie is Taranaki-based, and supports the community engagement and liaison roles for the Trust. She supports project administration through the University of Auckland, but links with Taranaki DHB through her Whānau Pakari healthy lifestyle coordinator role, and liaises with the Tamariki Pakari board on behalf of the team. Maggie is employed by project grants and Tamariki Pakari through the Department of Paediatrics 2 days per week.

Software Developer, Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health, University of Auckland

Mr Gregory Lynne

Greg has been supporting IT projects with Yvonne since 2011. He is currently employed on project funding to build and implement the healthy lifestyle IT application. He liaises with industry (currently Efinity Digital and Taranaki DHB IT department) and supports other IT aspects for the Trust. Greg currently works with the Department of Paediatrics 2 days per week on the healthy lifestyle check application.

Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health, University of Auckland

Dr Sarah Maessen

Sarah has a background in medicine and children’s health. She has recently joined the team as a scientific writer, project and student support person.

Mr Ken Taiapa

Ken provides project support and facilitation support.

Ms Tami Cave

Tami completed her Masters of Health Sciences with the team in 2020, and was the Kai Rangahau Tautoko for the research programme for 7 years. Tami provides advisory services, all on an as-required basis.

Ms Ngauru Rawiri

Ngauru provides project support and facilitation support.

Clinical Director, Maternity and Child Health Services, Taranaki DHB

Dr John Doran

John is an experienced paediatrician and is able to provide as-required support and liaison with Taranaki DHB Department of Paediatrics.

Girdlers' Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK

Dr Cervantée Wild

Cervantée was involved in research and supporting health research workforce development for 7 years in Taranaki prior to her move to Oxford in 2021. Having completed her PhD in Taranaki, Cervantée is undertaking a two-year postdoctoral fellowship expanding her skills in qualitative research and prioritising participant voice in the healthcare system. Cervantée is due to return in 2024. She continues to support student projects and support workforce development for the Trust.