COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group

The Technical Advisory Group has been established as part of the Ministry’s response to COVID-19.


  • Dr Nicholas Jones (Chair) – Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health
  • Dr Anja Werno – Chief of Pathology and Laboratories, Canterbury Health Laboratories
  • Dr Bryan Betty – Medical Director, Royal New Zealand College of General Practice
  • Dr Collin Tukuitonga – Pacific COVID-19 Response Team
  • Dr Erasmus Smit – Virologist, ESR
  • Dr Matire Harwood – Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā / Māori Pandemic Coordination Group
  • Professor Michael Baker – Department of Public Health, University of Otago
  • Dr Michelle Balm – Infectious Diseases physician, Te Whatu Ora – Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley, and Clinical Microbiologist, Wellington Southern Community Laboratories
  • Dr Nigel Raymond – Infectious Disease Physician, Chair NZ Committee of Australasian Society for Infectious Disease
  • Professor Nigel French – Massey University
  • Dr Sally Roberts – Clinical Head of Microbiology and Acting Clinical Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (LabPlus), National Clinical Lead for the IPC programme, Auckland District Health Board
  • Dr Shanika Perera – Medical Officer of Health, ARPHS (WDHB, ADHB, CMH)
  • Dr Virginia Hope – Medical Director, ESR
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