Compliance Panel

Meeting dates

The Compliance Panel meets up to four times a year. The provisional meeting dates for 2019 are:

  • 22 February
  • 15 May
  • 14 August
  • 13 November.

Panel members

Chair – Prue Kapua (Auckland)

Prue Kapua has been appointed as Chair of the Compliance Panel and has Te Arawa and Ngati Whakaue affiliations. She is the principal in her Tamatekapua Law firm.

Her professional memberships include the New Zealand Law Society; Auckland District Law Society; Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa; Resource Management Law Association; Auckland Women Lawyers Association and the Māori Women’s Welfare League.

Prue is an experienced barrister/solicitor having practised in the areas of Employment Law; General Litigation; Medico Legal; Race Relations and Human Rights; Resource Management; Treaty of Waitangi and Waitangi Tribunal proceedings.

She is active in many governance roles including director of Te Wai Māori Trust; member of the National Kaitiaki Group; and past co-Deputy Chair of the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Adjudicator – Dr Fiona McCrimmon (Dunedin)

Dr McCrimmon has been appointed as Adjudicator of the Compliance Panel.

Fiona is a graduate in both medicine and law and has specialised in healthcare law for over a decade in her own practice. She also lectures in health law courses at both the University of Otago and University of Auckland.

Fiona is a member of the New Zealand Law Society and an honorary member of Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand.

Some of the governance roles Fiona has been involved in are as Deputy Chair of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (2004-07); the legal representative on the Multi-Region Ethics Committee (2004-06); has acted as a member of the Pharmaceutical Society’s Disciplinary Committee (2000-04) and is a current member of the Ministry of Health’s National Screening Unit Newborn Metabolic Screening Advisory Group. Fiona is very familiar with self-regulatory processes.

Current Health Practitioner – Helen Little (Christchurch)

In 2009 Helen was appointed as the Health Practitioner of the Compliance Panel. Helen is registered dietitian who works as a Professional Advisor Nutrition Services, and leads the Dietetic team, at Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

Helen has almost 20 years experience in a range of clinical settings particularly relating to neo-natal and enteral feeding, and maternal nutrition, including management of women with diabetes and hyperemesis. Through her work Helen has strong links with rural communities including Lincoln, Rangiora, and Ashburton residents, and the wider Canterbury region.

Helen’s professional memberships include the New Zealand Dietetic Association (NZDA), current executive member, the NZDA’s Paediatric Special Interest Group and the New Zealand Perinatal Society. She has a special interest in Human Milk Banking.

Consumer Representative – Milly Carter (Wellington)

In October 2016 Milly was appointed as the Consumer Representative of the Compliance Panel. Milly is a Registered Nurse (RN) and qualified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Currently, she coordinates a Breastfeeding Support Service with Te Runanganui o te Atiawa ki te Upoko o te Ika a Maui.

In this role, Milly works alongside hospital and community based health and social services to provide breastfeeding help and education to families, particularly to Maori, Pacific and teen parents. She also has a small role providing ongoing education and support to Breastfeeding Peer Counsellors.

Milly has 25 years experience working as a RN in a variety of settings including seven years as a renal nurse. Following this she worked in a Postnatal ward, initially as a RN and then as a Lactation Consultant and Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) coordinator.

She has worked as a volunteer for local community services including Playcentre, Plunket and Homebirth support groups, and has also volunteered abroad working in a refugee camp in Northern Greece with a Non-Government Organisation that specialised in safe infant feeding.

Milly’s professional memberships include the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and the New Zealand Lactation Consultants Association.

Academic – Nimisha Waller (Auckland)

Nimisha Waller has been appointed as the Academic member of the Compliance Panel. She is a senior lecturer in the School of Midwifery at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and, as a self-employed midwife, continues to manage a small caseload.

Nimisha trained as a general and obstetric nurse, and then as a midwife in the UK before immigrating to New Zealand in 1996. Nimisha completed her Masters in Midwifery from Victoria University, Wellington.

Her current professional memberships include New Zealand Perinatal Society of New Zealand; and the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) where she acts as a Midwifery Standards Reviewer and a Midwifery First Year of Practice Reviewer. Nimisha is looking forward to her role on the Compliance Panel.

Industry Representative – Jan Carey (Canberra)

Jan Carey has been appointed as the Industry representative of the Compliance Panel. She is the CEO of the Infant Nutrition Council which is a trans-Tasman organisation representing the interests of the infant formula industry in Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to this, Jan was responsible for SIDS and Kids, Australia’s research, bereavement and health promotion programs. She was Chair of SIDS and Kids Scientific Advisory Committee, a member of the Global Strategy Task Force for education and SIDS and Kids’ representative on SIDS International. Jan is a co-founder of the Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance and until recently a member of the Executive Board of the International Stillbirth Alliance.

In this section

  • Terms of reference for the Compliance Panel for Implementing and Monitoring the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes in New Zealand. Read more
  • Summaries of Compliance Panel meetings, giving details of the decisions made at each meeting regarding breaches of the Infant Nutrition Council Code of Practice. Read more
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