Faculties & Chapters

Geographical Faculties

College Faculties are based on geographical areas are centred round Auckland, Waikato, Hawke's bay, Wellington, Nelson/Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago and Southland and allow members to be involved in discussion and decision-making at a regional level. There are also seven sub-faculties which provide local opportunities for connection and collaboration. All College members are automatically assigned to a regional faculty and will receive information about faculty activities directly.


The College currently has four chapters based on major national areas of practice:

  • The ‘Rural Hospital Generalists’ Chapter’ is made up of College members who are involved in the provision of services within the scope of rural hospital medicine. All Division of Rural Hospital Medicine New Zealand (DRHMNZ) members are automatically assigned to this chapter. 
  • The ‘Rural General Practitioners’ Chapter’ is made up of College members who are involved in the provision of services within the scope of general practice in rural communities. Membership of this chapter is optional.
  • The ‘Associates and Members in Training Chapter’ is made up of doctors who are enrolled in the College’s vocational training programmes. Membership of this chapter is optional.
  • Te Akoranga a Maui is made up of College members who self-identify as Maori and have a Maori whakapapa. Membership is optional.
  • The 'Pacific Chapter' is made up of College members who self-identify as Pasifika, serve communities with large Pacific populations, or have an interest in Pacific health issues. Membership to the Pacific Chapter is optional.

Your Faculty/Chapter Representatives

Faculties Sub-Faculties
Te Akoranga a Maui
Chairperson:  Dr Kiriana Bird
Secretary:  Dr David Jansen
National Advisory Council (NAC) representatives:
Dr Sarah Sciascia, Dr Tane Taylor
Rural General Practitioners' Chapter
Chairperson: Dr Jo Scott Jones
Honorary Treasurer and Secretary:  Dr George Tripe
NAC representative: Emeritus Professor Campbell Murdoch
Pacific Chapter
Chairperson: Apisalome Talemaitoga 
NAC representative: 
Division of Rural Hospital Medicine Faculty
Council Chairperson: Dr Stephen Main
Board of Studies Chairperson: Dr James Reid
NAC representative: Dr Chris Reid
Northland Faculty
Chairperson: Dr Kyle Eggleton
Honorary Treasurer and Secretary: Dr Tanya Quin
NAC representative: Dr Chris Reid
Auckland Faculty
Chairperson: Dr Chandrakkanth Jayaraman
Secretary: Audrey Cassidy
NAC representatives: Dr Chandrakkanth Jayaraman
Waikato Faculty
Chairperson: Dr Liza Lack
Secretary: Dr Ralph Wiles
NAC representative: Dr Bronwyn Campbell
Tairawhiti Sub-Faculty
Chairperson: Dr David Somerton
Secretary: Dr Moira Cunningham
Hawkes Bay Faculty
Chairperson: Dr Penny Henley
Secretary: Dr Mark Peterson
NAC representative: Dr Penny Henley
Wellington Faculty
Chairperson: Dr Andy O’Grady
Treasurer: Dr Tim Marsland
Secretary: Caitlin Plummer
NAC representative: Dr Rachel Highton

Wairoa Sub-Faculty
Chairperson: Dr Colin Chilvers
Secretary: Dr Brian Underwood
Taranaki Sub-Faculty
Chairperson: Dr Johan Peters
Secretary: Dr Peter Catt
Whanganui Sub-Faculty
Chairperson: Dr John Kay
Secretary: Dr Alastair Wilson
Manawatu Sub-Faculty
Chairperson: Dr Martin Minnee
Secretary: Dr John Drake

Nelson/Marlborough Faculty

Chairperson: Dr Kae Bennetts
Treasurer: Dr Pip Harrison
Secretary: Dr Hilary Burbidge
NAC representative: Dr Liz Scott

Canterbury Faculty
Acting Chairperson:Dr Jason Pryke
Secretary: Josie Toop
NAC representative: Dr Jason Pryke
Otago Faculty
Chairperson: Dr Jim Ross
Secretary: Dr Jill McIlraith
Treasurer: Dr Mark Bevin
NAC representative: Dr Phil White
Southland Faculty
Chairperson: Steven Voss
Secretary: Steve Brown
Treasurer: Roger Baillie