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EHI project team

The EHI project team are located at the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University.  You can find out more about the team below.

Professor Barry Borman
Associate Professor Deborah Read
Helene Marsters
Mathangi Shanthakumar
Caroline Fyfe
Kylie Mason
Kirstin Lindberg
Professor Steve Haslett
Dr Riz Firestone
Carolin Haenfling
Rosemary Mwipiko
Yuliya Evdokimova
Geoffrey Donovan
Allan Schori

EHI Technical Advisory Group members
The EHI Technical Advisory Group includes a number of highly experienced individuals with expertise and interest in environmental health.
Professor David Briggs
Dr Donald Hannah

EHI project team

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Professor Barry Borman (Centre for Public Health Research)

Professor Barry Borman has over 20 years of experience in applied epidemiology and environmental and occupational health. In this time, he has had over 80 nationally and internationally focused papers published in peer reviewed journals. He has also been directly responsible for or involved in the development, operation and evaluation of numerous health surveillance systems. From 2000 to 2008 he managed Public Health Intelligence (PHI), the epidemiology group of the Ministry of Health, New Zealand, which was disestablished in 2008. He had previously worked as a senior epidemiologist for a number of health authorities, as well as the Public Health Commission of New Zealand. Since 1987, he has been the director of the New Zealand Birth Defects Monitoring Programme (NZBDMP). For the past 10 years, he has been on the committee of the international clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR) serving as secretary, vice chair and Chair for 2 years. He has been at the Centre for Public Health Research since 2008.

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Associate Professor Deborah Read (Centre for Public Health Research)

Deborah Read is a public health physician with a specialist interest in environmental health, who works as a consultant in the public sector.  She joined the Centre for Public Health Research part- time as an Associate Professor in 2011. Her experience includes positions in the Ministry of Health and other central government agencies and as a Medical Officer of Health in several district health boards. She was a member of the Environmental Risk Management Authority from 2007 to 2011. She is currently a member of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms decision-making committee of the Environmental Protection Authority.

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Helene Marsters (Centre for Public Health Research)

Helene Marsters is a Senior Analyst working at the Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR). She has a background in Geography and Environmental Studies and a Masters degree in Physical Geography. She is currently working on the Hazardous Substances Surveillance System and Environmental Health Indicators projects which involve the use and the analysis of the national health data sets. 

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Mathangi Shanthakumar (Centre for Public Health Research)

Mathangi Shanthakumar is a Biostatistician at the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University. She has a Master’s degree in Medical Statistics from the University of Auckland.  She has previously worked as a consultant biostatistician for various health professionals and organizations including the Auckland District Health Board.

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Caroline Fyfe (Centre for Public Health Research)

Caroline Fyfe is a Senior Analyst working at the Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR). She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1990 with a BSc(Hons) with Environmental Studies with Economics. After a brief period working for the National Health Service, she continued her studies to gain a post-graduate qualification in secondary and tertiary education and human geography. She also worked as a teacher in London for seven years before immigrating to New Zealand 2004. Since then, she has worked in health research, initially as a Research and Education co-ordinator for Community Energy Action, a Christchurch based energy efficiency charity, and later for Cancer Control New Zealand in Wellington. She has a long standing interest in GIS which she developed further while working on her Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health. She has been working for the Centre for Public Health Research since 2010, on projects including the development of CPHROnline, a website displaying New Zealand health data through interactive maps; health needs assessment and community water fluoridation.

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Kylie Mason (Centre for Public Health Research)

Kylie is a Principal Analyst at the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University. She leads the Environmental Burden of Disease project, which is part of the Environmental Health Indicators programme. Kylie completed a Masters degree in Applied Statistics at Victoria University in 2005, and later a post-grad certificate in public health at Otago University. Before coming to CPHR, she worked for 8 years at the Ministry of Health, where she was involved in health statistics and research, including publishing results from the New Zealand Health Survey. 

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Kirstin Lindberg (Centre for Public Health Research)

Kirstin is a Principal Analyst at the Centre for Public Health Research, having joined the Environmental Health Indicators (EHI) team at the beginning of 2015.  She has a diverse background, encompassing public health medicine, psychology and some computer science and mathematics. She has completed her public health medicine training, incorporating an MSc in Public Health from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a BSc from Auckland University.  She is currently studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics and has an interest in applied epidemiology and statistics.  She has worked in many different parts of the health sector in New Zealand in a variety of roles.  Kirstin works across a range of projects in the EHI team, including environmental health indicator development and the environmental burden of disease project. 

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Professor Stephen Haslett (Centre for Public Health Research)

Steve Haslett is Professor of Statistics in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University. He provides regular statistical support to the EHI team. His research interests are in sample survey design and analysis, small area estimation especially of poverty, linear and generalized linear mixed models, and statistical consulting. He has been involved in small area estimation projects for the UN World Food Programme and the World Bank in Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Pakistan and Timor-Leste, and in more wide ranging projects linked to government statistics offices in over 20 countries including Thailand, Uganda, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Azerbaijan.

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Dr Riz Firestone (Centre for Public Health Research)

Dr Firestone currently leads a research program that focuses on life-course epidemiology across a range of non-communicable diseases, including maternal and child health, respiratory health, and investigation of the social-cultural determinants of obesity.  She will be using this Fellowship to advance her skillset, knowledge and expertise in the area of obesity research and interventions, Pacific youth and participation action research with the aim of developing a fully-fledged programme of research which is internationally competitive and will sustain her career in Pacific health research for the long-term.

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Carolin Haenfling (Centre for Public Health Research)

Carolin Haenfling joined the Environmental Health Indicators (EHI) team at the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University in 2016, working as an analyst. She has a background in Physical & Human Geography and recently completed her Master of Science in Physical Geography from Victoria University of Wellington.

 Rosemary Mwipiko

Rosemary Mwipiko (Centre for Public Health Research)

Rosemary is an assistant analyst working for the Environmental Health Indicators (EHI) team at the Centre for Public Health. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Geography with a minor in Public Policy and is currently pursuing a 
Post-graduate diploma in Geographic information Science at Victoria University of Wellington. She has recently joined the team to assist with data visualisation

 Yuliya Evdokimova

Yuliya Evdokimova (Centre for Public Health Research)

Yuliya Evdokimovais a PhD student who has joined the team working on the EHI Programme. 
PhD topic: Monitoring the environmental health of New Zealand: A composite environmental health index. 
Principal Supervisor: Prof Barry Borman, Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University 
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Anna Matheson, School of Public Health, Massey University. 

Assoc Prof Deborah Read, Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University 

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Geoffrey Donovan  (Centre for Public Health Research)

Geoffrey Donovan is an economist with the USDA Forest Service based in Portland, Oregon. He is currently on sabbatical at CPHR. His research focus is quantifying the public-health benefits of exposure to nature. His past work has looked at the relationship between the natural environment, birth outcomes, cardiovascular disease, and academic performance. His work in New Zealand is focused on the impact of the natural environment on childhood asthma and ADHD. 


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Allan Schori

Allan joined the Environmental Health Indicators team at the Centre for Public Health Research in 2017, working as an analyst. He has a background in Geography and GIS, recently completing his Postgraduate Diploma in GIS at the University of Canterbury in 2016.

EHI Technical Advisory Group Members

The EHI Technical Advisory Group (TAG) consists of a number of highly experienced individuals with a great deal of expertise and interest in Environmental Health Indicators and associated disciplines.

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Professor David Briggs

David Briggs is emeritus professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial College London.  A geographer and environmental scientist by background, he has researched extensively in the areas of environmental modelling, exposure assessment, risk analysis and indicator development for policy support, especially in relation to air pollution. Over recent years, he has been principal investigator on more than 30 research council, government, industry  and EU-funded research projects, including studies on air pollution, mobile phone masts, powerlines, multiple deprivation and pesticides.  Prior to retiring, he co-ordinated a 33-partner integrated project (INTARESE) which developed methods for integrated assessment of health impacts from environmental stressors.  For seven years (until 2007) he was a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, and has been a long-time consultant to the European Commission.  He has also been a regular consultant to the World Health Organisation, for whom he has been responsible for developing concepts, methods and specifications for environmental health indicators.  During the 1990s he likewise was responsible for compiling a number state of environment reports (at local, national and EU level), and for developing environmental indicators to support policy.  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and ca. 20 books and research monographs/reports.  He retired in July 2009, and emigrated 4 days later to North Island, New Zealand.

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Dr Donald Hannah

Having worked in environmental health science and regulation for over 30 years, Donald brings a wide range of experience to the EHI programme.  He was a research leader at ESR (and DSIR prior to that) and joined the new Environmental Risk Management Authority in 1997 as Science and Research Manager. He retired from the Environmental Protection Authority in 2013 after building a career in bringing sound science to environmental decision-making. He has represented New Zealand in a range of international fora including the OECD Environmental Health and Safety programme and several United Nations treaties and negotiations.