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Board Staff

Elmarie Stander- Registrar

Elmarie joined the Board in October 2021. She is originally from Pretoria, South Africa, but moved to Wellington in 2017.

She comes from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) where she managed their Aotearoa New Zealand office including all policy and advocacy work; with other experiences at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). She holds a Master in Education Management, Law and Policy Studies, and has extensive experience in regulatory quality assurance practices in the medical and education space across three countries – Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. She has a keen interest in public health, and most recently an avid (beginner) learner of Te Reo Māori.

The Registrar’s responsibilities include managing the Board’s operations, advising the Board on legal and policy issues, and overseeing implementation of the Board’s functions under the HPCA Act.

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Raj Kaur - Deputy Registrar

Raj joined the Board in September 2022. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University, Raj worked in Hawkes Bay for a few years before moving to Wellington in 2018.

Raj has worked in various roles with many health sector adjacent organisations including Hawkes Bay District Health Board, ACC, the Medical Council of New Zealand and a short stint with the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Raj has gained extensive knowledge and skills around regulatory practice through her work at the Medical Council of New Zealand, most recently as Team Leader of Professional Standards – Competence.

The Deputy Registrar’s responsibilities include overseeing the registrations and case management (complaints, conduct, competence and fitness to practice) functions of the Board, and assist the Registrar in providing effective management and administrative services to the Board, keeping in mind the Board’s strategic direction, and the functions of the Board under the HPCA Act.


Maddie Anderson-Hodge - Education Officer (part-time)

Maddie has joined the Board in July 2021. She is from South Auckland and moved to Wellington in 2020.

Maddie is studying at Victoria University and is completing a conjoint degree in Law and Arts.

The Administrator’s responsibilities include updating practitioner contact details, responding to requests for information, processing payments, and providing administrative assistance to the Registrar.

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