Heads and shoulders photo of Margie Apa, Chief Executive of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Heads and shoulders photo of Margie Apa, Chief Executive of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand

Fepulea’i Margie Apa - Chief Executive, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand

Margie’s career spans over 20 years in executive roles in the public sector in Wellington and Auckland. This includes roles at the Ministry of Health (Deputy Director-General of Health), Counties Manukau District Health Board, Capital & Coast District Health Board, Labour Market Policy Group (Department of Labour) and Health Funding Authority. Margie started her career in the State Services Commission.

Margie's most recent role was as Chief Executive Officer, Counties Manukau Health. During this time, Margie led the organisation through major incidents including a measles epidemic, Whakaari White Island and was lead CEO of the Northern Region’s COVID-19 outbreak response.

Margie has a BCom from University of Auckland and an MPA (Exec) from Victoria University of Wellington. She is a voluntary Chair of World Vision New Zealand.

Fepulea’i is an honorific (or chief title) from her family village of Sale’aula, Savai’i, Samoa.

Heads and shoulders photo of Dr Nick Chamberlain, National Director of the National Public Health Service at Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Heads and shoulders photo of Dr Nick Chamberlain, National Director of the National Public Health Service at Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand

Dr Nick Chamberlain - National Director, National Public Health Service

Dr Nick Chamberlain has been Northland DHB Chief Executive for nearly 12 years. He has specialist qualifications in Medical Administration and General Practice. He has previously had roles as General Manager of Clinical Service at Northland DHB, General Manager of Planning and Funding at Capital & Coast DHB, Clinical Advisor and GP Liaison, Northland DHB, and 11 years in his own General Practices.

He has held DHB lead Chief Executive roles in Primary Care and Public Health. Over the past few years, he has tried to provide some leadership and support for our Public Health Units, and with Vui Mark Gosche has led a small team promoting effective public policy and legislation.

He looks forward to building a strong and effective team to strengthen and nationalise our public health services. In addition, he wants to broaden the reach of public and population health through our work with iwi, Māori and Pacifica providers into all our communities and localities. He is also excited to work closely with the Māori Health Authority and the Public Health Agency.

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Markerita Poutasi - National Director, Pacific Health

Markerita (Meg) most recently held the role of Chief of Strategy at Te Whatu Ora - Te Toka Tumai Auckland. She has a very strong focus on transformation of health structures to reflect Te Tiriti in both action and equity. As lead for Performance Improvement, she was instrumental in delivering new equity approaches within planned care delivery in Auckland.

Markerita has also worked as the Director of Pacific Health for the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre where she led the regional (from Northland to Counties Manukau) approach to the Pacific health response to COVID-19 and partnered with the Pacific Provider Collective to develop a regional commissioning framework to deliver adaptive models of care. She is a partnerships specialist and has a background in law and Pacific development.

She is experienced in change leadership, Pacific health equity and designing new models of care with communities.

Our wider leadership team

Te Whatu Ora is a nationwide organisation with leaders across the motu. Check out Our structure for details of our wider leadership team.

From time to time, our Chief Executive issues directives for the action and information of our leadership team. We publish these here on our website: Chief Executive Directives