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What we do

Established in 2017, the Wairarapa District Health Board Consumer Council works in partnership with the DHB as an advisory body, enabling those who use health services to offer their collective perspective into health services planning, delivery and evaluation at all levels of the organisation. The Council provides a strong and viable voice for the community and consumers of health services, with the aim of enhancing the Wairarapa community's experience of health services and service integration, promoting equitable outcomes and ensuring services are organised around the needs of people.

The Council identifies and advises on issues requiring consumer and community participation; participates, reviews and advises on reports, developments and initiatives relating to health service delivery and the availability and/or distribution of health-related information; and ensures regular communication and networking takes place with the community and relevant consumer groups.

It also links with special interest groups as required for specific issues and problem solving.

The Consumer Council is designed to enhance consumer experience and service integration across the health sector, promote equity and ensure that services are organised around the needs of people. The Council will provide a strong consumer voice and advise the WrDHB and PHO board and management.







  • Linda Penlington Chair Wairarapa Health Consumer Council

    Linda Penlington has lived in the Wairarapa since 2003. Linda lives in Carterton and owns Gain Momentum, the yoga Tai Chi and Pilates studio. Linda has been the Sands NZ (bereaved parents support) representative in the Wairarapa since 2007. This work in our community led to becoming a Consumer Representative for the Health Quality and Safety Commission in an advisory capacity in Perinatal and Maternal health, all since 2009.
  • Marlene Whaanga-Dean Member

    Working as a Community Health Worker at Whaiora, with seven years of experience and a focus to reduce inequalities in health. Graduating from Te Wangana O Aotearoa in Social Work, with further study at Massey University to complete her Public Health (Health Promotion) Cert. Marlene is excited about her role on the Wairarapa DHB Consumer Council, and is dedicated to making services more accessible for whanau in the Wairarapa.
  • Pene Saunders-Francis Member

    Pene is a rural Wairarapa resident with a passion for consumers and their involvement in their community, health service planning, and delivery. She has a particular interest in mental health and addiction initiatives, and has worked with other local people to develop the Wairarapa Mental Health and Addiction Consumer Network and Leadership Group.

  • Anne Murrell Member

  • Kerewai Tatana Member

  • Limoe Kelly Member