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EHI project team

The EHI project team are located at the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University.  You can find out more about the team below.

Professor Barry Borman
Associate Professor Deborah Read
Helene Marsters
Mathangi Shanthakumar
Caroline Fyfe
Fei Xu
Kylie Mason
Kirstin Lindberg
Professor Steve Haslett
Dr Anna Matheson
Dr Riz Firestone
Sarah Jefferies
Carolin Haenfling
Rosemary Mwipiko
Yuliya Evdokimova
Rashmi Salopal

EHI Technical Advisory Group members
The EHI Technical Advisory Group includes a number of highly experienced individuals with expertise and interest in environmental health.
Professor David Briggs
Paul Brown
Frances Graham
Dr Donald Hannah
Dr Nick Kim
Associate Professor Caroline Miller
Professor Karen Witten
Janine Stocker
Dr Jill McKenzie
Josh Fyfe
Christian Hoerning
Professor Tim Carpenter


EHI project team

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Professor Barry Borman (Centre for Public Health Research)

Professor Barry Borman has over 20 years of experience in applied epidemiology and environmental and occupational health. In this time, he has had over 80 nationally and internationally focused papers published in peer reviewed journals. He has also been directly responsible for or involved in the development, operation and evaluation of numerous health surveillance systems. From 2000 to 2008 he managed Public Health Intelligence (PHI), the epidemiology group of the Ministry of Health, New Zealand, which was disestablished in 2008. He had previously worked as a senior epidemiologist for a number of health authorities, as well as the Public Health Commission of New Zealand. Since 1987, he has been the director of the New Zealand Birth Defects Monitoring Programme (NZBDMP). For the past 10 years, he has been on the committee of the international clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR) serving as secretary, vice chair and Chair for 2 years. He has been at the Centre for Public Health Research since 2008.

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Associate Professor Deborah Read (Centre for Public Health Research)

Deborah Read is a public health physician with a specialist interest in environmental health, who works as a consultant in the public sector.  She joined the Centre for Public Health Research part- time as an Associate Professor in 2011. Her experience includes positions in the Ministry of Health and other central government agencies and as a Medical Officer of Health in several district health boards. She was a member of the Environmental Risk Management Authority from 2007 to 2011. She is currently a member of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms decision-making committee of the Environmental Protection Authority.

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Helene Marsters (Centre for Public Health Research)

Helene Marsters is a Senior Analyst working at the Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR). She has a background in Geography and Environmental Studies and a Masters degree in Physical Geography. She is currently working on the Hazardous Substances Surveillance System and Environmental Health Indicators projects which involve the use and the analysis of the national health data sets. 

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Mathangi Shanthakumar (Centre for Public Health Research)

Mathangi Shanthakumar is a Biostatistician at the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University. She has a Master’s degree in Medical Statistics from the University of Auckland.  She has previously worked as a consultant biostatistician for various health professionals and organizations including the Auckland District Health Board.

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Caroline Fyfe (Centre for Public Health Research)

Caroline Fyfe is a Senior Analyst working at the Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR). She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1990 with a BSc(Hons) with Environmental Studies with Economics. After a brief period working for the National Health Service, she continued her studies to gain a post-graduate qualification in secondary and tertiary education and human geography. She also worked as a teacher in London for seven years before immigrating to New Zealand 2004. Since then, she has worked in health research, initially as a Research and Education co-ordinator for Community Energy Action, a Christchurch based energy efficiency charity, and later for Cancer Control New Zealand in Wellington. She has a long standing interest in GIS which she developed further while working on her Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health. She has been working for the Centre for Public Health Research since 2010, on projects including the development of CPHROnline, a website displaying New Zealand health data through interactive maps; health needs assessment and community water fluoridation.

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Fei Xu (Centre for Public Health Research)

Fei is an Analyst working at the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University. She has a background of Bachelor of Medicine and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from the University of Auckland. She joined us to work on the development of surveillance of environmental health indicators, hazardous substances and occupational diseases projects.

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Kylie Mason (Centre for Public Health Research)

Kylie is a Principal Analyst at the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University. She leads the Environmental Burden of Disease project, which is part of the Environmental Health Indicators programme. Kylie completed a Masters degree in Applied Statistics at Victoria University in 2005, and later a post-grad certificate in public health at Otago University. Before coming to CPHR, she worked for 8 years at the Ministry of Health, where she was involved in health statistics and research, including publishing results from the New Zealand Health Survey. 

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Kirstin Lindberg (Centre for Public Health Research)

Kirstin is a Principal Analyst at the Centre for Public Health Research, having joined the Environmental Health Indicators (EHI) team at the beginning of 2015.  She has a diverse background, encompassing public health medicine, psychology and some computer science and mathematics. She has completed her public health medicine training, incorporating an MSc in Public Health from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a BSc from Auckland University.  She is currently studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics and has an interest in applied epidemiology and statistics.  She has worked in many different parts of the health sector in New Zealand in a variety of roles.  Kirstin works across a range of projects in the EHI team, including environmental health indicator development and the environmental burden of disease project. 

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Professor Stephen Haslett (Centre for Public Health Research)

Steve Haslett is Professor of Statistics in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University. He provides regular statistical support to the EHI team. His research interests are in sample survey design and analysis, small area estimation especially of poverty, linear and generalized linear mixed models, and statistical consulting. He has been involved in small area estimation projects for the UN World Food Programme and the World Bank in Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Pakistan and Timor-Leste, and in more wide ranging projects linked to government statistics offices in over 20 countries including Thailand, Uganda, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Azerbaijan.

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Dr Anna Matheson (School of Public Health)

Anna Matheson is a Senior Lecturer and the Coordinator of the Post-Graduate Diploma of Public Health (PGDipPH) and Masters of Public Health (MPH) programme at the School of Public Health, Massey University. As well as teaching and supervision Anna is involved in research relating to how to effectively reduce health inequalities for Māori, Pacific and low socio-economic groups. Her research in this area to date has focussed on: housing; access to cancer services; access to screening services; food security in the Pacific Islands; and the social barriers globally to achieving universal health coverage. Anna is especially interested in the social determinants of health and the application of theories of complex systems to improve the outcomes of health and social policy interventions.

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Dr Riz Firestone (Centre for Public Health Research)

Dr Firestone currently leads a research program that focuses on life-course epidemiology across a range of non-communicable diseases, including maternal and child health, respiratory health, and investigation of the social-cultural determinants of obesity.  She will be using this Fellowship to advance her skillset, knowledge and expertise in the area of obesity research and interventions, Pacific youth and participation action research with the aim of developing a fully-fledged programme of research which is internationally competitive and will sustain her career in Pacific health research for the long-term.

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Sarah Jefferies (Centre for Public Health Research)

Sarah is a Public Health Registrar working with the Environmental Health Indicators team on biosecurity and child environmental health. She is completing her specialist Public Health Physician training since graduating with a Masters of Public Health from Otago in 2014. She is a Scottish trained doctor, with a Physiology BSc and medical degree from Glasgow University. Sarah has a broad clinical background as well as research experience contributing towards a Doctor of Medicine research degree. She has particular interests in infectious diseases, environmental and global health, and has recently returned from working with the Pacific Community in New Caledonia. 

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Carolin Haenfling (Centre for Public Health Research)

Carolin Haenfling joined the Environmental Health Indicators (EHI) team at the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University in 2016, working as an analyst. She has a background in Physical & Human Geography and recently completed her Master of Science in Physical Geography from Victoria University of Wellington.

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Rosemary Mwipiko (Centre for Public Health Research)

Rosemary is an assistant analyst working for the Environmental Health Indicators (EHI) team at the Centre for Public Health. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Geography with a minor in Public Policy and is currently pursuing a 
Post-graduate diploma in Geographic information Science at Victoria University of Wellington. She has recently joined the team to assist with data visualisation

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Yuliya Evdokimova (Centre for Public Health Research)

Yuliya Evdokimovais a PhD student who has joined the team working on the EHI Programme. 
PhD topic: Monitoring the environmental health of New Zealand: A composite environmental health index. 
Principal Supervisor: Prof Barry Borman, Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University 
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Anna Matheson, School of Public Health, Massey University. 

Assoc Prof Deborah Read, Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University 

 Rashmi Salopal

Rashmi Salopal (Centre for Public Health Research)

Rashmi Salopal is a PhD student who has joined the team working on the EHI Programme. 
PhD topic: Barriers to improving health through healthy housing services. 
Principal Supervisor: Prof Barry Borman, Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University.
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Anna Matheson, School of Public Health, Massey University. 

EHI Technical Advisory Group Members

The EHI Technical Advisory Group (TAG) consists of a number of highly experienced individuals with a great deal of expertise and interest in Environmental Health Indicators and associated disciplines.

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Professor David Briggs

David Briggs is emeritus professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial College London.  A geographer and environmental scientist by background, he has researched extensively in the areas of environmental modelling, exposure assessment, risk analysis and indicator development for policy support, especially in relation to air pollution. Over recent years, he has been principal investigator on more than 30 research council, government, industry  and EU-funded research projects, including studies on air pollution, mobile phone masts, powerlines, multiple deprivation and pesticides.  Prior to retiring, he co-ordinated a 33-partner integrated project (INTARESE) which developed methods for integrated assessment of health impacts from environmental stressors.  For seven years (until 2007) he was a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, and has been a long-time consultant to the European Commission.  He has also been a regular consultant to the World Health Organisation, for whom he has been responsible for developing concepts, methods and specifications for environmental health indicators.  During the 1990s he likewise was responsible for compiling a number state of environment reports (at local, national and EU level), and for developing environmental indicators to support policy.  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and ca. 20 books and research monographs/reports.  He retired in July 2009, and emigrated 4 days later to North Island, New Zealand.

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Paul Brown

Paul Brown is a Principal Statistician in Statistics New Zealand. In the past few years he has led or made major contributions to reviews of ethnicity statistics, Tier 1 statistics and the programme of social & population statistics. He has recently been assigned the role of Respondent Advocate, with responsibility for representing the interests of survey respondents and ensuring that compliance burdens are minimised.

Paul has previously held a number of senior management positions in the department in the social, population, labour & employment and marketing areas. During that time he led significant improvements to statistical infrastructure and reporting in those areas. In the 1990s he managed the analysis and monitoring group in the NZ Public Health Commission where he had responsibility, among other things, for a significant part of NZ’s public health surveillance programme.

Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree in statistical mathematics from the University of Canterbury and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in sociology from Victoria University of Wellington. He is a former office-holder and current member of the Population Association of NZ and a long-standing member of the NZ Statistical Association.

Frances Graham

Frances Graham

Frances Graham is a senior advisor in the Environmental and Border Health Team of the Ministry of Health. Since joining the Ministry of Health in 2003 she has worked on a variety of projects as they relate to environmental health including environmental health indicators. These have included hazardous substances, air quality, sewage and solid waste management issues, contaminated sites, biosecurity, sustainable management including urban sustainability, climate change (both mitigation and adaptation), substandard housing and other built environment related issues including early childhood centres, transport and other environmental health issues. In 2010 she was awarded the Health Research Council’s Foxley Fellowship (sabbatical) which enabled her to examine Christchurch hospital data collected from 1990 to 2010 and climate data from NIWA to determine the effects of heat-related extreme weather events, like the nor’wester wind, on heat-associated adverse health outcomes such as hospital admissions (morbidity).

Frances holds tertiary qualifications in resource management (planning), physical geography, marine science and music and has a NZCE (civil engineering). In addition to her senior advisory role within the Ministry, Frances is also enrolled part time in a PhD (public health - Wellington School of Medicine – University of Otago) in environmental epidemiology focusing on the environmental risks of legionellosis. She has published and peer reviewed papers on legionellosis in internationally peer reviewed journals. In addition, she has also presented oral papers at national and international conferences on variety of subjects including legionellosis, climate change adaptation, drinking-water and health risk/impact assessment.

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Dr Donald Hannah

Having worked in environmental health science and regulation for over 30 years, Donald brings a wide range of experience to the EHI programme.  He was a research leader at ESR (and DSIR prior to that) and joined the new Environmental Risk Management Authority in 1997 as Science and Research Manager. He retired from the Environmental Protection Authority in 2013 after building a career in bringing sound science to environmental decision-making. He has represented New Zealand in a range of international fora including the OECD Environmental Health and Safety programme and several United Nations treaties and negotiations.

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Dr Nick Kim

Dr Nick Kim's background is in applied environmental chemistry, and his main research interests relate to the diffuse contamination of natural and built environments.  Since completing his doctorate at the University of Canterbury and postdoc at ANU, Nick has worked as both a University academic (at Waikato 1991-2001 and Massey from 2012-), and a scientific advisor to local government (at the Waikato Regional Council 2002-2011). His teaching, research and practical experience covers areas such as:  analytical and environmental chemistry, forensic science, human and environmental risk assessment, broad-scale assessment of air, soil and water quality, technical aspects of resource consenting, management of contaminated sites and chemical emergencies, development of national environmental standards, and provision of expert evidence in Environment Court.  He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Massey University, and coordinates courses in toxicology, environmental chemistry, and air quality.

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Associate Professor Caroline Miller

Associate Professor Caroline Miller is a former senior planning practitioner who became a planning academic in 1995 in the Resource & Environmental Planning Programme in the School of People, Environment & Planning at Massey University. Her research has focused on the history of planning and the planning profession in New Zealand and critical assessment of the Resource Management Act 1991. More recently she had been involved in reconnecting health and planning and the use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in planning. She is the author of three books, including Implementing Sustainability: The New Zealand Experience, the only critical assessment of the Resource Management Act, and a number of book chapters and refereed journal articles. Since 2007 she has been a Councillor and now Board member of the New Zealand Planning Institute, the professional body for planners in New Zealand.

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Professor Karen Witten

Karen Witten is the Associate Director of the Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE) and Whariki Research Centre in the School of Public Health at Massey University. Karen’s primary research interests centre on interactions between the physical characteristics of cities and neighbourhoods and the social relationships, transport choices and wellbeing of the people living in them. Much of her current research concerns children’s independent mobility and physical activity in inner city and suburban neighbourhoods. She is a social scientist and Professor of Public Health.

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Janine Stocker

Janine Stocker is a Policy Analyst at the Environmental Protection Authority.  She studied Environmental Management at the University of Otago in Dunedin, with a focus on the ecological and urban impacts of climate change. At the EPA Janine works with environmental legislation, in particular ensuring that the laws are working to protect people and the environment in New Zealand from the adverse effects of hazardous substances.

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Dr Jill McKenzie

Dr Jill McKenzie is a Public Health Medicine Specialist and designated as a Medical Officer of Health for the Greater Wellington and Manawatu/Whanganui regions. She works in both Regional Public Health and MidCentral Public Health Services and leads a number of environmental health portfolios within this work. Public Health Services both provide data to inform environmental health indicators and are users of the indicators. Public Health Services can use indicators to provide an evidence base for prioritisation of work and effectiveness of interventions, and to facilitate communication with stakeholders (including the community) around public health issues. Her interest particularly lies in ensuring New Zealand has a robust set of environmental health indicators to support the work of Public Health Services and to inform our communities of environmental health issues.

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Josh Fyfe

Josh Fyfe has been working at the Ministry for the Environment for the past five years. His work has largely been on environmental reporting and in the areas of air quality, waste (including waste greenhouse gas emission calculations) and biodiversity.

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Christian Hoerning

Christian Hoerning is Senior Technical Advisor Buildings at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) in Wellington. He is originally from Leipzig/Germany where he studied Civil Engineering, worked as a building physicist at the building research and testing institute MFPA Leipzig GmbH and developed a keen interest in sustainable building. After moving to New Zealand in 2004 he worked as a Consulting Engineer and advised homeowners, architects and building contractors on energy efficient building design and retrofit solutions. Christian joined EECA in 2006 and has worked on a variety of government initiatives to promote energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy in New Zealand, such as the Home Energy Rating Scheme, the home insulation and clean heating retrofit programme Warm Up New Zealand : Heat Smart and the Energy Spot television campaign.

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Professor Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter is the Gilruth Chair of Animal Health and Director of the EpiCentre at Massey University. He is a Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics and recently retired from the University of California at Davis after a satisfying career of more than 30 years of teaching, service and research. Hisresearch interests are focused on a variety of methodologies, which he has developed and applied to a variety of animal species and diseases. His animal species and disease focus is as diverse as the methods he has used to study them, including aquatic, wildlife, companion animals and livestock as well as bacterial, viral, protozoan infections and non-infectious diseases, from African swine fever to West Nile virus. Throughout all this, the common thread in his research is a problem-solving approach that provides useful information to an individual pet owner through to decision makers, who are responsible for the well-being of large animal populations. Many major global (e.g. WHO, FAO and the Inter-American Development Bank) and national agencies (US Department of Animal Health, US Department of Homeland Security and US Department of the Interior) have benefited from his varied research.

He continues to supervise postgraduate students, deliver curriculum to students in South East Asia through the OneHealth program, lecture and deliver short courses (in animal health economic, epidemic modeling, risk analysis and spatial epidemiology) working for the EpiCente.