NZCPHM President Elect announced Monday, 19 July 2021

Nominations for the role of College President Elect closed on Friday 16 July 2021.

Only one nomination has been received, and an election is therefore not necessary.

The College is very pleased to announce Dr Collin Tukuitonga has been elected to the position of College President Elect, with effect from 1 September 2021.

Collin's brief biographical follows:

Collin is an experienced GP and Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs.  Following general practice, he completed a Master of Public Health from Sydney University and completed the training requirements for specialty registration in public health medicine.  Collin has held a number of public health roles with the University of Auckland, Northern Regional Health Authority and other regional organisations. He was the Director of Public Health for NZ, before joining WHO as Head of Surveillance of Chronic Diseases.  He was the Chief Executive of the NZ Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs before joining the Pacific Community as Director General. In March 2020, he was appointed the inaugural Dean Pacific and Associate Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.

Collin has been active in these roles in public health teaching, research and policy with a particular focus on the health of Pacific people.  He has also been active in the development of Māori health initiatives, such as the development of the Certificate of Health Science for Māori and Pacific Students at the University of Auckland. He has been an active member of NZCPHM and its earlier NZCCM and AFPHM including as trainer and examiner.  He is currently the Pacific member of the NZCPHM Council and Chair of the Pacific Caucus.

Collin also sits on the Boards of NZ Quality and Safety Commission, A Better Start, and International Science Council and is a member of CAP203), World Council of Public Health Associations, and the World Obesity Forum. He is also a former Board member Countries Manukau District Health Board.

(Nominator: Prof. Faafetai Sopoaga)