Executive Members

We are pleased to introduce our Executive members for 2017-2019. The executive brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise.

As an association run by members for members, we invite you to feel free to contact any of our Executive Committee directly for information or support. Please direct all general enquiries to our secretary at admin@healtheducation.org.nz.

headshot JRobertsonJenny Robertson, Auckland. Jenny became involved in Health Education early in her teaching career when the 1986 Health syllabus was released. Subsequent to this she was involved in resourcing and implementation projects for Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum (1999) and a member of Health and Physical Education learning area writing group for The New Zealand Curriculum (2007). She has been extensively involved in the development of NCEA in Health Education and a contributor to many resource development projects for the education and health sectors. She has also written commercially published Health Education resources for secondary school students. Jenny was made a life member of NZHEA in 2017.

ShelleyShelley Hunt, Gisborne. Shelley is the Head of the Physical Education and Health Faculty at Gisborne Girls’ High School. She has taught Health across all year levels from Year 9 through to Year 13 and enjoys the teaching and learning in Health Education. Shelley spent two years out of the classroom recently, working as a PLD facilitator in the Health and Physical Education learning area. Shelley sees belonging to this subject association as a way of promoting and supporting effective practice in Health Education.

Rachael DixonCo Chair: Rachael Dixon, Canterbury. Rachael is a passionate advocate for Health Education, and is particularly experienced in curriculum, resource development and assessment in the senior secondary (NCEA) area. Rachael recently worked as a PLD facilitator in the Health and Physical Education learning area and is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Otago. Rachael has been on the NZHEA Executive since 2011 and enjoys opportunities to work alongside teachers in developing Health Education programmes that are responsive to learners’ needs.  rachael@rachaeldixon.com

Kathryn WellsKathryn Wells, Auckland. Kathryn is HOF Health and PE at Lynfield College in Auckland. She teaches Health up to Level 3 including Scholarship PE. With a background in design she has a particular interest in using problem solving and Project Based Learning to engage students in real-life health promotion projects to ensure that all students are developing 21st Century skills and achieving to their full potential. In 2016, Kathryn was awarded the Beeby Fellowship through NZCER (with Katie Fitzpatrick) to develop a Health Education teaching resource.

Co-chair: Vicki Nicolson, Otago. Vicki is currently the Principal of Port Chalmers Primary School. Port Chalmers School is a health promoting school and adapted a model of resiliency across their learning Vickicommunity. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Otago in Education – Teaching and Learning. Vicki has been actively involved in Health Education for more than 20 years and has been a lead teacher over this time. Vicki has also been involved in providing professional development workshops for teachers through the NZHEA, organising after school workshops and opportunities for networking across the primary and secondary education sector. vicki@portchalmers.school.nz

Michelle FerrisMichelle Ferris, Wellington.
Michelle is the Head of Health & Physical Education at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. She has taught Health Education to level 3 NCEA for a number of years and pushes her students to think critically about health issues. Michelle strives to lead by example and is always looking for ways to enhance learning and make it more relevant for her students. Her interests include running, mountain biking, netball, and spending time with her family.


Life Members:

Lynne Aldridge. Lynne Aldridge has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Otago as well as Associate and Licenciate diplomas in speech and drama. She has over thirty years of teaching and managerial experience in schools and as a senior lecturer in Health Education at the College of Education University of Otago. Lynne has been involved in the writing of current curriculum documents and facilitates courses in Otago and Southland. She serves on two other Trust Boards. The Operation New Direction Board which facilitates a youth mentoring programme in Dunedin and THeTA, a professional theatre group that promotes and enhances Health Education through the medium of drama in schools throughout New Zealand. As a founding member of the New Zealand Health Educator’s Association, Lynne continues to be fully committed to promoting Health Education.

Dr Gillian Tasker. Dr Gillian Tasker was the driving force in Health Education in New Zealand during recent curriculum reform. She has been instrumental in its development and progression in all aspects. Gillian was the principal Health Education writer for the 1999 Health and Physical Education Curriculum and has developed numerous high quality Health Education resources to support curriculum implementation. She is internationally recognised as an expert in her field and was a founding member of NZHEA. Gillian is currently working as an educational consultant and continues to be a strong advocate for Health Education in New Zealand.

Barbara Batchelor. Barbara has been a tireless campaigner for Health Education in New Zealand for many years. Her 15 year background in primary schools, as both a teacher and middle manager, confirmed her belief that a holistic and inclusive approach to education was of the utmost importance. With this in mind, she quickly recognised the potential of the 1999 Health Education curriculum to facilitate the achievement of this outcome. Barbara was seconded to UC Education Plus in 2001, where she worked on the student well-being contract. Her efforts culiminated in Barbara being appointed as the National Coordinator of this contract in the mid 2000s. Barbara joined the NZHEA Executive in 2004 and was Chairperson from 2008-2010. Barbara remains involved with Health Education as a teacher of Lifeskills at the International School of Dusseldorf.

Barbara Ferguson. Barbara is a respected leader in Health Education having worked tirelessly as an Executive member and Chairperson of the NZHEA for a number of years, in addition to lecturing at the University of Otago College of Education. She is admired within the Health Education community for her ability to meld groups together and promote strategies to help get positive messages and current information from a variety of agencies across to teachers and children. Her energy and enthusiasm have been the catalyst for many health enhancing initiatives in the Otago region over the years, and include her involvement writing the Health and Physical Education curriculum document (1999) and delivering significant professional development for teachers.