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


Herv Vidakovic - Treasurer

With an unpronounceable last name and a first name name forever autocorrecting to Herb. Herv is the youngest of the STONZ executive but still with a wealth of experience as a junior doctor. 

Herv is currently a SET 3 Orthopaedic Surgical Trainee living in New Plymouth. 

Email: treasurer@STONZ.co.nz

Linda porter

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 lives in Wellington with her 3 teenage children.

Email: support @STONZ.co.nz