Committee meetings will take place by teleconference on the following dates.

2018 Meeting Dates

February 14th

March 14th

April 11th – deferred until April 18th

May 9th

June 13th

July 11th

August 8th

September 12th

October 10th

November 14th   - AGM at the conference

December 12th

Your committee

The exec's monthly teleconferences are supported by CanTeen.


Lynley McCristell, president

Role: Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Location: Dunedin 

Dr Kathryn Taylor, secretary

Role: Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Location: Christchurch

Kathryn is a consultant clinical psychologist at the St George’s Cancer Care Centre in Christchurch.  She works with patients and their families to help them manage the stress of cancer treatment and to adjust to life after treatment.  She is the principal investigator of several research projects including screening cancer patients for distress and a study into men’s experiences throughout treatment and beyond.  Kathryn is also involved with developing a supportive care resource directory for staff to use with patients who report high levels of distress.

Maria Stapleton

Role: Cancer Nurse Coordinator

Location: Tauranga

As a nurse she has always aimed ‘to care’ and to care in a holistic manner. Working with patients who have cancer and ensuring that the psychosocial aspects are addressed has always been a passion for her. PONZ has offered Maria a wonderful opportunity to engage in this work at another level, increase her knowledge and raise the profile of this aspect of health care.

Hazel Neser

Role: Professional Practice Fellow, University of Otago

Location: Wellington

Hazel is on the education sub-committee as she is passionate about the value of education to enhance understanding and practice in supportive cancer care. She enjoys being part of a committed group of people who have energy and enthusiasm to advocate for the supportive care needs of patients, whānau and family, through research, education and professional practice.





Don Baken

Role: Clinical Psychologist and Research Coordinator

Location: Palmerston North

Vanesse Geel

Role: Registered Psychologist

Location: Auckland

Vanesse is passionate about the changes that patient voices can affect in professional understanding of the cancer journey and policy development. She believes care of patients should be patient centred and responsive. Attention to psychological wellbeing should be a priority from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship, palliative care and recurrence. She is a caregiver survivor - caring for her husband who was diagnosed with Pleural Mesothelioma in 2012 until his passing in late 2013. Vanesse is the chair of the Northern Region Consumer Reference group as well as a consumer member of the Northern Region Cancer Governance Board, Lung Tumour Stream and Cancer Consumer New Zealand. Vanesse also volunteers her time at Dove House in Glendowie, Auckland.


Anna Fraser

Role: Radiation Therapist

Location: Hamilton

Anna currently works in the Waikato Regional Cancer Centre as a radiation therapist with previous experience in several North Island DHBs. She is involved with the scanning, planning and treatment delivery for people who require radiation therapy as part of their treatment management plan. She works closely with people requiring treatment as well as their supporters and whanau. She aims to bring a holistic approach to her practice and is enthusiastic about collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to continuously improve the experience for people and their whanau requiring oncology services. 

Jamaine Fraser

Role: Radiation Therapist

Location: Hamilton

Jamaine is from Rotorua and is a radiation therapist at Waikato Regional Cancer Centre scanning, planning and treating people primarily diagnosed with cancer using radiation. In this role he sees patients of all walks of life and works with them and their whānau to ensure they are provided with the best holistic care. Jamaine has volunteered on the Ngā Pou Mana (NPM) (Māori Allied Health Professionals) executive board in the capacity of secretary. In addition to volunteering on the PONZ Executive Board he also volunteers his time as an advocate for Kia Ora Hauora, an entity whom focus on creating pathways for M­āori youth into the health sector.

Warrick Sue

Role: Youth Support Coordinator, CanTeen

Location: Wellington

Warrick has been working with young people living with cancer for the past 5 years in hospital and community environments. Inspired by these young people Warrick focuses on allowing opportunities for peer support and youth development through the various programmes CanTeen offers and maintaining positive relationships with DHB’s and NGO’s alike. Warrick continues to advocate for youth in his day to day interactions.

Lewin Dickson

Role: Supportive Care Coordinator, Cancer Society

Location: Palmerston North

Lewin has been working in supportive care at the Cancer Society since February 2016. His work history is in healthcare, primarily mental health & addiction. He is currently the secretary of the Manawatū Supportive Care Advisory Group, and the student representative on the New Zealand Psychological Society Executive Committee. He is currently working towards a postgraduate degree in psychology at Massey University, and is interested in community and health psychology.

Leena St Martin

Role: Clinical Psychologist

Location: Auckland

Leena is the professional leader for psychologists working in physical health settings at Auckland District Health Board. She has 22 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, with 16 years in women’s health including gynaecological-oncology.  She is also familiar with fertility services for cancer survivors due to working at Fertility Associates Auckland for three years.  She has been in private practice since 2001, covering employment-related concerns as well as health and relationship issues.


Marie Wales

Role: Manager Supportive Care Services, Cancer Society

Location: Queenstown

Yoel Samson

Role: Accountant

Location: Wellington

Yoel is the father of a cancer survivor and this has motivated him to give something back to the community. Yoel is a big cricket follower and has served and serves  various cricket committees in Wellington. In Summer on a Saturday you will most certainly find Yoel on a cricket field Umpiring Club or College cricket.