Across New Zealand we currently have seven Regional Groups. To see where these are, ask about joining or to get more information, please contact the appropriate regional coordinator (see below).

Alternatively, if your region doesn’t have a group and you’d like to find out what’s involved in setting one up, scroll to the bottom of this page to read more and/or contact IMHAANZ’s Regional Groups National Coordinator:



Auckland Regional Group

Coordinator – Marion Doherty:

Eastern Bay of Plenty Regional Group

Coordinator – Anne Doree:

Taranaki Regional Group

Coordinator – Sally Phillips: 

Hawke’s Bay Regional Group

Coordinator – Judy Hunter:

Wellington Regional Group

Acting Coordinators – Denise Guy:  and Lucie Zwimpfer: 

Christchurch Regional Group

Coordinators – Alison Gray: and Judy McPhillips:

Southern Lakes Regional Group

Coordinator – Maria Frewen:



The IMHAANZ Executive is committed to supporting its Regional Coordinators, including the development of new groups in areas not currently represented. We welcome members who share our mission and vision to express their interest in starting a new regional group.

Please have a read below about what’s required to set up a new Regional Group below and contact the Regional Groups National Coordinator by email at if you are interested in finding out more.

So what are we looking for? All aspiring Regional Coordinators should:

  • have been an IMHAANZ member for at least two years and continue active membership for the duration of their regional coordination role;
  • submit a full C.V. for the IMHAANZ Executive to review;
  • submit a letter of endorsement from another IMHAANZ member to the Executive;
  • meet in person or participate in a Skype call with the National Regional Groups Coordinator to talk through aims, process, suitability, etc;
  • be open and transparent about the process and progress in setting up a Regional Group and participate in timely communication as needed with the National Regional Groups Coordinator;
  • provide brief written updates on their Regional Group as requested (usually 1-2 times a year) for publishing in the IMHAANZ newsletter;
  • provide information about upcoming meeting dates, times, venues and topics (as they become available or when requested) to the National Regional Groups Coordinator for publishing on the IMHAANZ website and/or Facebook page;
  • potentially receive and responsibly use an annual amount of money (to be decided) from the IMHAANZ Executive to be spent on food, speaker payment or koha, venue hire, etc – preferably in consultation with other members of the regional group;
  • receive and read IMHAANZ Executive minutes from the National Regional Groups Coordinator in order to stay up to date with Association business;
  • where possible, attend the annual AGM (supported by IMHAANZ).