Matthew ReidDr Matthew Reid (Co-chair)

Dr Matthew Reid is Pākehā, born in Ōtepoti/Dunedin, but he also grew up in Whangarei. He’s a public health medicine specialist at Canterbury and West Coast DHBs in the planning and funding division, based in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. He focuses on health equity, hauora Māori, Pacific health, smokefree and services for children and young people. He chairs the Canterbury Child and Youth Mortality Review Group.

Matthew started training in paediatrics then went into public health medicine after starting to practice in that area during the course of working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). He has worked for MSF in many places around the world, most recently for two years in South Africa. He is involved in governance of MSF and Purapura Whetu, a kaupapa Māori health, mental health and social service organisation, and he has a Master of Public Health and a Diploma in Child Health.


Dr Alayne HallDr Alayne Mikahere-Hall (Co-chair)

Dr Alayne Mikahere-Hall is Ngāti Whatua, Te Rarawa, Tainui and Pākehā. She is currently working as an Indigenous Postdoctoral Research Fellow and lecturer at Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research AUT. Her current research focuses on mokopuna Māori examining the whānau caregiving system that promotes secure emotional bonds and attachments. She is a recipient of Health Research Council of New Zealand Māori Scholarships. And, a graduate of the Harvard Medical School Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery Program. Alayne has a particular emphasis on historical, intergenerational and complex trauma. She uses Kaupapa Māori and Indigenous research methodologies to develop interventions to improve Māori health. She is a registered psychotherapist and served on the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapist (NZAP) for eight years. Alayne is also a founding member of Waka Oranga-National Collective of Māori Psychotherapy Practitioners (NCMPP). Alayne has worked in many settings delivering therapeutic services to whānau. She has a background in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Community work, Rangatahi and Whānau Program development. 


Dr Hinemoa ElderDr Hinemoa Elder

Ko Parengarenga te moana
Ko Tawhitirahi te maunga
Ko Awapoka te awa
Ko Potahi te marae
Ko Te Aupouri, ko Ngāti Kurī, ko Te Rarawa, ko Ngāpuhi nui tonu oku iwi
Ko Hinemoa taku ingoa

Dr Hinemoa Elder is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has been a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for more than 10 years.

Dr Elder is the Professor of Indigenous Health Research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and the Māori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for the Ageing Brain.

In addition to her initial medical qualifications, Dr Elder has a PhD (Massey University, 2012) and is a former HRC Eru Pomare Post-Doctoral Fellow. Her research developed a novel approach to traumatic brain injury recovery for Māori and is now used in community services in NZ. She continues to work clinically as a neuro- and youth forensic psychiatrist.


CYMRC RebeccaDr Rebecca Hayman

Dr Rebecca Hayman is a Specialist Paediatrician who works at Kidz First in South Auckland.  She grew up in the Bay of Plenty and attended Medical School in Dunedin. After graduating she moved to Melbourne and worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital before moving back to New Zealand to complete her training. She has a special interest in paediatric emergency medicine and injury prevention.  This interest led to her examining the messages that medical professionals promote and how to make these more effective. Rebecca  is currently working on creating a project group within the auspices of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand to address improving communication and youth involvement in the medical sphere for New Zealanders.


Fale Lesa sits in a chair in front of a microphone looking to the side, smiling.Fale Lesa

Fale is a policy consultant at the Asian Development Bank and a director on the boards of UNITEC, MIT and the Auckland Conservation Board. Fale is a member of the philanthropy New Zealand Youth Advisory Committee. He is a proud member of the Auckland Council’s Rainbow Communities Advisory Panel and the community liaison committee at Oranga Tamariki. In 2009, Fale was elected to the Manukau City Council and was subsequently elected to the board at Manurewa High School where he was vice chairman for a decade.


Colette Muir Jun 2018Colette Muir

Colette Muir is a Developmental Paediatrician who works for the Developmental Paediatric Service at Starship Hospital and the Auckland DHB Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, the Kari Centre. After undertaking her medical training in Auckland, she completed a Developmental Paediatrics Fellowship at the Mater Children's Hospital in Brisbane. She has a special interest in the transition of medical care for young people with developmental disabilities and the neurodevelopmental outcomes of cardiac children.


Ex-officio members

The CYMRC Terms of Reference call for one ex-officio member from the Ministry of Health and one-ex officio member from the Ministry of Social Development. Both ex-officio members are nominated by their respective Ministry’s Chief Executive, and then appointed by the Health Quality & Safety Commission Board.


Last updated 21/08/2020