Specialty Trainees of New Zealand

The Team

Meet The Team


Heath Lash - Chairman 

Heath is the founder and chairman of STONZ. He is a final year Orthopaedic Surgical Trainee, he is also currently the representative of New Zealand surgical trainees to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a role he has had since 2016.

Heath lives in Christchurch with his young family and is planning a fellowship in hand surgery starting mid way through 2019. 

Email: chairman@STONZ.co.nz


Earle Savage - Secretary

Earle is a SET 3 Orthopaedic Surgical Trainee based in Waikato. In a previous life Earle was a physiotherapist who ran a large Musculoskeletal and Occupational Rehabilitation company with 6 practices based in the Waikato and Christchurch before being enticed into medicine. He brings a savvy business mind to the team.

He has served on several DHB clinical boards, and worked at a board level in Waikato representative sport.

He lives with his young family in Hamilton. 

Email: secretary@STONZ.co.nz

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blair york - Treasurer

Blair is a SET 4 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Trainee. He is currently working at Middlemore Hospital. He is also the Plastic Surgery national representative to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trainees Association.

Blair lives in Auckland with his wife and 2 young children.

Email: treasurer@STONZ.co.nz

richard storey - research

Richard joins with his passion for good research and practice changing projects. His role is to support and encourage research being undertaken by SToNZ members, particularly focusing on safer working environments and training smarter.

Richard already has a first-class honours degree, several publications and award winning conference presentations behind him so is well placed to help answer your research questions.

SToNZ research grants can now be applied for through the research tab on this website (this will be made available soon).

Email: research@STONZ.co.nz

Linda porter - support administrator

Linda is an experienced ‘sidekick’ and has many challenges under her belt!  Formerly from Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and then New Zealand Association of General Surgeons, she brings administrative and organisational skills to STONZ with a smile.  

She resides in Wellington with her 3 teenage children.

Email: support @STONZ.co.nz