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 – Lucy Schumacher


Auckland – Akshat Shah


Waikato / Bay of Plenty – Gwen Kerrison


Central – Elisa Mynen 

Wellington – Shannon Hennig


Canterbury – Kate Cook and Ruth Ramsey


Otago / Southland – Meryl Jones

Student Representatives

Massey University – Bo Young, Brianna Oosterbroek and Jacqui Morgan


The University of Auckland – Shauna Pali and Nicole Liley

University of Canterbury – Olivia Rozbicki and Charis Siow

National Private Practitioner Members' Rep

The Executive Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Patrick to the position of National Private Practitioner Members’ Representative for the NZSTA. This is a exciting and dynamic new 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

Rachel is a private practitioner based in the Manawatu. She has been an SLT for over 14 years and an active member of the NZSTA.