Association Representatives

The country is divided into seven areas, which each have their own representative. In addition, there are student representatives for each of the three speech-language therapy training institutions in New Zealand.

NZSTA Area Representative Role & Responsibilities

Area Representatives

Northland/Tai Tokerau – Suanna Smith and Denise Poole


Auckland – Hannah Barnes & Tessa Livingston


Waikato / Bay of Plenty – Gwen Kerrison


Central – Elisa Mynen 

Wellington – Polly Newton and Emily King


Canterbury – Ruth Ramsay and Kate Cook


Otago / Southland – Meryl Jones

Student Representatives

Massey University – Bo Young, Brianna Oosterbroek and Jacqui Morgan


The University of Auckland – Tash Thompson and Crystal Aranha

University of Canterbury – Livvy Pride, Emma Barbafiera and Jessica Eagle

National Private Practitioner Members' Rep

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Ashleigh Newmann to the position of National Private Practitioner Members’ Representative for the NZSTA. This is a exciting and dynamic role within the Association developed following a recommendation from the PP Membership Scoping and Recommendation working party 2013. For more information on the role, visit: National Private Practitioner Members’ Representative Role Description

Ashleigh is a private practitioner based in the Christchurch and she is also an active member of the NZSTA.