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
Professor Steve Haslett
Dr Anna Matheson
Dr Riz Firestone
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
Dr Jill McKenzie
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.
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.
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.
Dr Jill McKenzie is a Public Health Medicine Specialist and designated as a Medical Officer of Health for the Greater Wellington and Manawatu/Whanganui regions. She works in both Regional Public Health and MidCentral Public Health Services and leads a number of environmental health portfolios within this work. Public Health Services both provide data to inform environmental health indicators and are users of the indicators. Public Health Services can use indicators to provide an evidence base for prioritisation of work and effectiveness of interventions, and to facilitate communication with stakeholders (including the community) around public health issues. Her interest particularly lies in ensuring New Zealand has a robust set of environmental health indicators to support the work of Public Health Services and to inform our communities of environmental health issues.
Christian Hoerning is Senior Technical Advisor Buildings at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) in Wellington. He is originally from Leipzig/Germany where he studied Civil Engineering, worked as a building physicist at the building research and testing institute MFPA Leipzig GmbH and developed a keen interest in sustainable building. After moving to New Zealand in 2004 he worked as a Consulting Engineer and advised homeowners, architects and building contractors on energy efficient building design and retrofit solutions. Christian joined EECA in 2006 and has worked on a variety of government initiatives to promote energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy in New Zealand, such as the Home Energy Rating Scheme, the home insulation and clean heating retrofit programme Warm Up New Zealand : Heat Smart and the Energy Spot television campaign.