The Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) comprises 11 members. The election for the CMDHB board members took place on 12 October 2019.  

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 9 December 2019 are:    

* Ministerial appointment.  All other members are elected.

Mark Gosche (Board Chair)*

Mark Gosche

Mark Gosche is of Samoan heritage.  He is the Chief Executive of Vaka Tautua, a role he took up in July 2014 after 5 years on the governance board. Vaka Tautua is a not for profit ‘for Pacific by Pacific’ community health and social service provider working in the areas of disability, mental health, older people, family violence, elder abuse and financial capability. Previously he was Chief Advisor Strategic Relationships at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in Auckland; a Member of the NZ Parliament (1996- 2008) who held Cabinet ministerial portfolios of Housing, Pacific Island Affairs, Transport, Corrections and Racing; and for 15 years he was a trade union leader representing service industry workers, also setting up 4 health centres which provided low-cost primary health care services.  

Since leaving politics Mark has held a  number of governance roles including NZ Rugby League, TYLA Trust, COMET Auckland, Vaka Tautua, Brain Injury Association, Talklink Trust, Fonua Ola and Lifewise. He currently serves on the Mt. Wellington Licensing Trust which owns and operates hotel and conference centres – the profits of which are returned to the community via a charitable trust.  Mark’s experience is also informed by his role as a caregiver for his wife Carol.

*  Ministerial appointment 

Tipa MahutaTipa Mahuta (Deputy Chair)

Tipa Mahuta is of Waikato and Ngapuhi whakapapa and attended secondary school and University in Auckland. She is a mother and grandmother committed to Kaupapa Maori education. She has a background in research, policy and community development complimented with over 20 years in Iwi governance experience.

She has served on a wide range of community, tribal and commercial boards including Radio Tainui, Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust- settlement entity and Tainui Group Holdings. Tipa’s environmental interests have seen her serve on the Waikato Conservancy and she is a current elected member and former deputy chair of the Waikato Regional Council. In 2017 Tipa became a member of Te Maruata representing Maori members in Local Government. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management.

She brings to the DHB her commitment to work within a way that supports community lead outcomes,   provides for Kaupapa Maori approaches, prioritises the needs of our most vulnerable communities and places Rangatahi futures at the centre of design outcomes. She continues this commitment as a  Youth and Whanau coach and mentor in community programmes.

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, home care, 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’ workforce and to deliver quality health care as close to a family’s local area as possible.

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 the quality of 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. 

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.

Garry BolesGarry Boles

Garry Boles brings a wealth of experience to this role along with local knowledge of Counties Manukau having lived in the area for 56 years. Garry is a Police officer and has served our communities for the last 25 years. He recently served as a local board member for 6 Years. Further to this, he is proud of three children; Harry, Lilly and Molly and husband to Hilary.



Paul YoungPaul Young

Paul Young is a New Zealand politician who is an Auckland Councillor. He immigrated from Taiwan in 1989 and now operates his own business "Paul Young International" in addition to his political activities. He studied marketing at the University of Auckland and is married with two children. He is Auckland's first Chinese councillor.



Lana Perese*Lana Perese

Dr Lana Perese is a New Zealand born Samoan - her parents hailing from the villages of Magiagi and Fasito'o Uta. She has strong analytical and research skills obtained from more than 20 years in academic and government research. She is experienced in designing and conducting research projects of all types, including qualitative, longitudinal, cross-sectional and mixed methods studies. Her strengths include translating research and evidence into policy implications. Lana is currently a Director and the Auckland Manager at Malatest International, where she leads evaluation and research projects with a focus on the Auckland community and Pacific peoples. Previous positions include Research Manager at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (now Ministry for Pacific Peoples), Pacific Health Research Manager at The University of Auckland (Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences), Research Fellow at The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology. Lana is also currently a Board Director for Vaka Tautua, Malologa Trust, and Emerge Aotearoa Limited, and a Trustee of Emerge Aotearoa Housing Trust.  

Pierre Tohe*Pierre Tohe

Ko Taupiri te maunga.
Ko Waikato te awa,
Ko Te Wherowhero te tangata.

Taupiri is the mountain. 
Waikato is the river.
Te Wherowhero is the ancestor.

Pierre, as highlighted in this pepeha (tribal saying) hails from the iwi of Waikato. He is currently General Manager – Engagement at Tainui Group Holdings, the commercial intergenerational investment arm of Waikato-Tainui managing almost $1b of assets for the iwi.  Pierre manages the stakeholder engagement and company secretary functions at Tainui Group Holdings. Pierre brings a depth of commercial and stakeholder management and relationship experience to the Counties Manukau DHB from his current role and previous role as the national Head of Māori Business at BNZ. Pierre also has many years of legal experience as an in-house legal counsel at the BNZ and prior to that as a senior solicitor at national law firm Buddle Findlay.   Raised in Otara, and of Waikato descent (Ngāti Mahuta and Ngāti Whāwhākia), Pierre is a proven leader in Māori business and passionate about his culture and community. Pierre is currently a trustee at Taniwha marae (near Te Kauwhata) with family links to Waahi and Kaitumumutu marae in Huntly.  Pierre holds a Bachelor of Arts (Māori) and Masters of Laws (LLM) from the University of Auckland.

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