An Expert Advisory Group consisting of representatives from relevant organisations and health professions was established to provide advice to the Ministry of Health | Manatū Hauora during the project.

Terms of Reference

Download a copy of the Terms of Reference Expert advisory group (Word, 33 KB).

Expert Advisory Group members

The Expert Advisory Group included representation from a broad range of stakeholders tasked with providing sector viewpoints at various stages of the Strategy development process. Members were selected to ensure diverse perspectives were taken into consideration.


Dr Amanda Kvalsvig

Public Health Researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington; Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Associate Editor at BMJ Paediatrics Open; Member of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (London); MBChB, MRCPCH, MSc, PhD

Bev Pownall

Registered Midwife, Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant at Counties Manukau DHB; Member of Northern Breastfeeding Network; Member of New Zealand Lactation Consultants Association; RM, RN, IBCLC

Carmen Timu-Parata

Māori Advisor at New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance; Ngati Kahungunu; Research Fellow, Department of Public Health, Otago University; RN, MN, IBCLC in training

Carol Bartle

Researcher, Policy Analyst and Consultant/Advisor at New Zealand College of Midwives; La Leche League NZ Professional Advisory Group; BFHI Assessor; Member of International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Working Groups; Trustee of Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Board; Ministry of Health Code Compliance Committee Member; RN, RM, IBCLC, PGDip, MHealSc, MNZM

Dr Eva Neely

Lecturer in Health Promotion at Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui | Victoria University of Wellington; Member of Aotearoa Midwifery Project Collaborative Reference Group; Trustee of Homebirth Aotearoa; BHlthSc, PGDip, PhD

Dr George Parker

Strategic Advisor at Women’s Health Action; Lecturer in the Postgraduate Programme, School of Midwifery, Te Kura Matatini ki Otago | Otago Polytechnic; Lecturer at School of Medicine, University of Auckland; RM, PhD

Isis McKay

Māmā of three tamariki; General Manager Women’s Health Action; Consumer Member of the National Maternity Monitoring Group; Member of Northern Breastfeeding Network; Co-Chair National Breastfeeding Networking Group; Member of Maternal and Child Health Service Alliance; National Induction of Labour Guidelines Group Consumer Advisor, ON TRACK Research Prioritisation Project Ranking Group; CertPubHlth

Janine Pinkham

La Leche League New Zealand (LLLNZ) National Coordinator; BFHI Assessor; Waitaha Primary Health Peer Support Administrator

Jesse Solomon

Portfolio Manager Women’s, Child and Youth Health at Auckland and Waitematā DHBs; Member of Regional Women’s Health Forum (Northern Region); Member of Maternal and Child Service Alliance; Member of Northern Breastfeeding Network

Karen Palmer

Clinical Advisor and Lactation Consultant at Ngati Awa Health and Social Services; Member of New Zealand Lactation Consultants Association; RN, RM, IBCLC

Sarah Stevenson

Population and Women’s Health Portfolio Manager, Bay of Plenty DHB; BSc, MPH

Project Management Team / Advisors

Kass Jane

Principal Clinical Advisor (Maternity), Ministry of Health | Manatū Hauora; RM, BA, BMid, MMid, PhD candidate

Abby Hewitt

Senior Clinical Advisor (Maternity), Ministry of Health | Manatū Hauora; RM, BMid, DPH

Jeanine Tamati-Elliffe

Māmā of six tamariki; Kaiārahi Māori – Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury; Vice-Chair and Consumer Member of the National Maternity Monitoring Group; Māori community representative on the South Island Child Health Alliance; Trustee of Brainwave Trust; Member of Aotearoa Midwifery Collective Reference Group; MMIL, BMD, Dip Te Reo o Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi