Charitable Trust

Eye Health Aotearoa is incorporated under the Charitable Trust Act 1957 and registered under the Charities Act 2005.

Our charities registration number is CC41236.


Sarah Berman

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Sarah is General Manager at Macular Degeneration New Zealand, having first joined MDNZ in 2015 as Fundraising Manager. Prior to this, Sarah worked for many years in leadership roles in the for-purpose sector, as well as commercial directorships and management in horticulture. Sarah is committed to advocating for access to quality healthcare and resources for all.

Chrissie Cowan, Co-Chair

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Chrissie is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou descent, and is Chief Executive of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa New Zealand Inc., a member-based society open to all people: disabled, able-bodied, Māori and Non-Māori. Chrissie is also a trustee of Access Matters Aotearoa.

Sue Emirali

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Sue's interest in helping others with Low Vision stems from her own experiences of deteriorating sight. She has Retinitis Pigmentosa and has always been night blind. Sue is a member of Blind Low Vision NZ and has recently been matched with a Guide Dog Yazz, who is making a big difference to her level of activity. She belongs to various groups - including The Sight Support Trust - that are all striving to make a difference for New Zealanders living with Low Vision. Sue co-chairs the Disability Advisory Group for Capital and Coast and Hutt DHBs.

Lynley Hood

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Lynley is an acclaimed author, having published a number of biographies and non-fiction works. Prior to becoming a freelance writer, Lynley worked in medical research. She helped establish and is a trustee of VICTA, the Visual Impairment Charitable Trust Aotearoa (NZ).

Pippa Martin

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Pippa is the General Manager at Glaucoma New Zealand and has a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector including roles with Auckland City Mission, Cure Kids and Harbour Hospice. GNZ's mission to save sight and eliminate blindness from glaucoma in New Zealand.

Justin Mora

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Dr Justin Mora is of Ngāi Tahu descent and is a highly experienced paediatric ophthalmologist and strabismus surgeon.

He is a member of American Association of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and is involved with three ophthalmology special interest groups – Glaucoma, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He is the New Zealand representative on the International Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council and does voluntary work teaching Ophthalmologists in South-East Asia.

Justin remains actively involved in training, holds an appointment as an Ophthalmology Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Auckland Medical School and has authored or co-authored over 25 publications. He divides his time between Auckland Eye and Greenlane Clinical Centre.

Dr Justin Mora represents the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists on the Eye Health Aotearoa Trust Board.

John Mulka, Co-Chair

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John is passionate about building organisational cultures which are defined by achievement and success. He has spent over 33 years in the not-for-profit/charitable sectors in both Canada and New Zealand. His most recent roles include Chief Executive Officer at Blind Low Vision NZ, Regional Vice President at CNIB Western Canada and Executive Lead with CNIB Guide Dogs. John is also a trustee of Access Matters Aotearoa.

Inhae Park

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Inhae is a Glaucoma (TPA) Optometrist at Capital & Coast District Health Board. She is a therapeutically qualified and glaucoma prescribing optometrist working at Wellington Regional Hospital. Inhae also serves as a Council Member with the New Zealand Association of Optometrists (NZAO).


Trustee organisations:

Blind Low Vision NZ (Formerly Blind Foundation) logo

Blind Low Vision NZ

Glaucoma NZ logo

Glaucoma NZ

Kapo Maori Aotearoa New Zealand logo

Kāpō Māori Aotearoa New Zealand Inc

Macular Degeneration NZ logo

Macular Degeneration New Zealand

New Zealand Association of Optometrists logo

New Zealand Association of Optometrists

The Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

University of Auckland School of Optometry and Vision Science logo

School of Optometry and Vision Science, Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland - Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau

Sight Support black and white logo

Sight Support Trust

VICTA logo

VICTA - Visual Impairment Charitable Trust Aotearoa NZ

Our Supporting Organisations

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