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Our Staff

Erica Faibank

National Education Manager

Kidney Health New Zealand would like to welcome Erica Fairbank to the role of National Education Manager. Erica has 17 years of renal nursing experience with a background of dialysis nursing, renal nurse educator and clinical charge nurse manager across North Shore and Auckland Hospitals and her native Netherlands. She has experience in educating renal teams and patients and in producing resources for both.

Erica will be answering Kidney Health New Zealand’s 0800 phone line as well as responding to web-based enquiries and managing Kidney Health New Zealand’s substantive range of resources including the website, brochures and video resources. She will also be working closely with regional patient support groups, GP practices and DHB renal teams throughout the country.

Erica will commence her role on 28 November 2019 and will be based on the North Shore, Auckland.


John Collins

Medical Advisor KHNZ

John Collins is a nephrologist in Auckland. He graduated from Otago University with an  MBChB in 1974, and subsequently trained in Wellington, commencing Renal Training in 1979. He undertook a three year renal research fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles from 1981-1984. He returned to New Zealand to take up an appointment at Auckland Hospital where he continues to practice. He is an Honorary Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He also provides private nephrology consultations at Mercy Specialist Group in Epsom, Auckland.

He has had a very long-standing interest in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis and has published many papers in these areas. He has a strong commitment to early diagnosis of kidney disease and implementation of strategies to control disease as much as possible at an early stage. He is a keen supporter of kidney education and screening of at risk populations to identify silent kidney disease. He would like to see improved outcomes for Maori and Pacific people who are the highest risk groups with kidney disease.    

Deanne Hock

Office Administrator Kidney Health New Zealand

Deanne joined Kidney Health NZ in October 2006 as part time Office Administrator, working 3 mornings a week.
Previously Deanne worked for Perpetual Trust. Returning to work after being home with her young family. Deanne is enjoying the variety of work with Kidney Health and is an asset to the team.
She lives with her husband and two boys in Christchurch.



Jacqui Jeffrey

Fundraising Coordinator

Jacqui joined KHNZ in March 2018 as part time fundraising coordinator.

Prior to joining Kidney Health New Zealand, Jacqui worked for Youthline Central South Island as their funding coordinator.  Jacqui also runs events, and co orindates a small farmer’s market in the town she lives in. Jacqui has run both large and small community events and continues to do a couple of family events throughout the year. "I was looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to work for a National organisation that has the potential to positively impact the lives of so many people really appealed to me.  This organisation has achieved so much, and I hope that I can help us to achieve even more."

Jacqui lives in a town on the outskirts of Christchurch with her husband and three children. We are excited to welcome Jacqui to the KHNZ team.

Michael Campbell

General Manager KHNZMichael Campbell

Born and bred in Northern Ireland, Michael and his wife Mary, a midwife, emigrated to New Zealand in 1993. Michael has held a number of  leadership positions with not-for-profit, educational, governmental and commercial organisations mainly in the South Island, most recently the Mind Lab. His main focus has been innovation and growth.Michael is keen to hear from all stakeholders of Kidney Health New Zealand and begin implmenting the newly adopted strategic plan. Mary and Michael live in Christchurch and have three sons, one based in Christchurch, one in Wellington and one in Adelaide.


Board Members

  • Michael Papesch - Chairperson
  • Associate Professor Richard Robson
  • Nick Polaschek
  • David Shearer
  • Traci Stanbury
  • Natalie Brown
  • John Kearns