Board Nominations for 2022 AGM

At the 2022 AGM, there are up to two Board vacancies to be filled, according to the HCA Constitution. There may be further Board positions to ensure adequate expertise, representation and diversity, at the discretion of the Board. 

Accordingly. the following two nominations are made for election by Board Chair Boyd Swinburn and endorsed by the current Board. The Board proposes members endorsing all these nominees to join them in the governance of HCA. 


Grant Berghan, seconded by Warren Lindberg.

Grant is from the Tai Tokerau region with links to Ngāpuhi, Ngātiwai and Te Rarawa Iwi. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Health Association of New Zealand. Prior to that, Grant spent four years working in regional economic development, firstly with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and then with the Provincial Development Unit, (MBIE) administering the Provincial Growth Fund in Northland.

He is a self-employed consultant specialising in Māori development matters and has extensive experience in the health, labour market and regional economic development sectors. He has been the CEO of the Raukawa Settlement Trust, CEO of the Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services Trust, the CEO of (a national Māori workforce development organisation), and a General Manager of Māori, Public Health and Mental Health at the Taranaki District Health Board.

Grant has also been the CEO of a Regional Māori Public Health organisation (Te Hau Ora o te Tai Tokerau), a National Māori Employment Commissioner, Northland Regional Manager of government work programmes, an auditor of health programmes, a Probation Officer, a Social Worker and also a freelance journalist for a Paris-based weekly newspaper. He has experience in policy development and implementation, funding, advocacy, facilitation and evaluation.  He has been a Government appointed member to the Youth Suicide Advisory Panel, Māori Mental Health Advisory Committee and a member of the Māori Advisory Board to the Public Health Directorate with the Ministry of Health.

In 2017, Grant, in conjunction with Dame Margaret Sparrow, was the recipient of the PHA Public Health Champions Award. In the new health environment, Grant is supporting the Maori Health Authority (Te Aka Whai Ora)  to develop their planning around Maori public health. Grant is the current Co-Chair of HCA’s Infrastructure Expert Panel. 

Tania Sharkey, seconded by Sir Colin Tukuitonga.

Tania Sharkey LLB, LLM (Hons)(Auckland) is of Tongan/Irish descent and a barrister at Friendship Chambers in Manukau, South Auckland. She has a broad Family Law practice with a particular focus on care and/or protection of children and young people (Oranga Tamariki) and family violence.

In early 2020, Tania was appointed Lead Counsel Assisting of the Pacific peoples investigation at the Royal Commission of Inquiry: Abuse in Care. She is a NZ Parole Board member, Chair of the Komiti Poto Advisory Panel, NZLS Legal Services Committee member and has held various positions within the legal profession including President of the Pacific Lawyers Association (2018-2021) and several years as Family Law Section Regional Representative (South Auckland).


The Conference and AGM is only open to HCA members. If you or your non-governmental organisation is has an interest in protecting public health from harmful products (alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy food), and no commercial conflicts of interest you can join HCA for no cost as an organisational member or an individual member.


HCA members can choose to attend online or in person, but are encouraged to attend in person if possible, to make the most of the day.

Registrations are open now, and tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite here.  Please note the Terms and Conditions of the event before purchasing, including Covid-19 policies and that you must be a current HCA member to attend. Attendees will be emailed further detailed instructions and a full agenda and AGM papers closer to the time.

In-person numbers will be strictly limited due to venue capacity, and total ticket numbers available do not reflect the limited seats. In-person tickets, including Early Bird sales will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For any questions about the event or ticket types, email with ‘Conference & AGM query’ in the subject line.