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Published Thursday 17 Jan 2019

The Chief Executive Officer of Wairarapa DHB, Adri Isbister, has resigned to take on the role of Deputy Director General, Disability in the Ministry of Health.

Adri will start her new role at the end of March.


After three and half years with Wairarapa DHB, Adri Isbister has resigned as CEO and accepted the role of Deputy Director General, Ministry of Health.

“While I have a mix of emotions as I move into this next chapter of my career, I will be working nationally and strategically in an area that is important to me,” Adri said.

“The decision for my transition did not come easily. I am extremely proud of all that Wairarapa DHB provides for the health and wellbeing of our community, and of what the staff, executives and board have accomplished during my years here. I hold dear to my heart the relationships I have built during my time as CEO.”

Sir Paul Collins, Board Chair, supports Adri’s decision and was proud to endorse her success at Wairarapa DHB. “Adri leaves the DHB on a positive note to continue to work on making a difference in the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector. We have no doubt that she will do an outstanding job in her new role,” he said. “While we will miss her and her leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new role.”

It is hoped the DHB will not be long without a chief executive.

“We will be working to appoint a new CEO. It is our priority to find the best individual to lead and, in the interim, maintain a stable and effective organisation,” Sir Paul said.

In a message to staff this afternoon, Adri was quick to thank her team. “I offer my deepest gratitude to all who have been so supportive of the DHB and of me personally over the years: staff, executives, board members and, of course, our communities and provider organisations. Without you, Wairarapa would not be as strong and vibrant as it is.”

“It has been an honour to be the leader of this DHB,” she said.