College Board announcement 

9 July 2019

The College is excited to announce that Susan Huria (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tuahuriri) and Dr Jason Tuhoe (Hauraki, Ngā Puhi) will be joining the College Board, effective 1 August 2019.

Susan has accepted our invitation to join the Board as an ‘appointed’ Independent Director (as opposed to our ‘elected’ Board members: Drs Sam Murton (President), Sue Crengle, Jo Blakey, Lauren McGifford, and Jo Scott-Jones), for a three-year term. Jo Scott-Jones will retire from the Board on 27 July 2019 and Dr Greg Judkins will begin a three-year term.

Jason is our successful applicant for the role of Board Apprentice. He will serve a one-year term.

More about Susan

Susan is based in Auckland and has a management background in marketing, human resources, internal audit, environment and communications. 

Susan is not from the health sector, so she brings a different perspective and diversity of thought to the Board table. She has extensive governance experience, particularly within the field of health and safety, and a special interest in Te Ao Māori (the Māori world), which aligns nicely with the College’s Statement of Strategic Intent (Te Rautaki).

As an Independent Director, she has more than two decades of governance experience, and is the incoming Chair of Ngāi Tahu Property, and a Director of Connexis (an industry training organisation), Construction Health and Safety NZ and the Chair of the Steering Group for ‘Growing up in NZ’ (an Auckland University longitudinal study)

Susan received an Order of Merit in the 2017 Queens’ Birthday Honours for services to governance.

More about Jason 

Dr Jason Tuhoe (pictured right) joins as the Board Apprentice saying it will give him the opportunity to build on his governance experience and help him to connect with wider aspects of the health and wellbeing community. 

Jason is a GP based at Tokoroa Family Health and became a Fellow of the College in 2016, when he also delivered the Peter Anyon address at the Conference for General Practice.

Jason has been involved with the College in a previous governance role in 2017, when he was the Māori and Rural GP Representative for the Rural General Practitioners Chapter. 

He has also held two other governance roles – Maori Representative for the Palliative Care Council of New Zealand and he currently sits on the Board of Te Whare Tāhuhu Kōrero o Hauraki, an iwi organisation that delivers wānanga reo (Māori language programmes) with a focus on the

Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga o Hauraki – Māori language and customary practices of the Hauraki region.

Jason is particularly interested in teaching and believes it’s the only way to build a sustainable and long-term solution to general practice workforce issues. Jason currently mentors medical students at his practice and is in the process of getting certified as a teaching practice.