Meet the Team

Earle Savage


Earle has recently completed his final orthopaedic exams and is currently based in Tauranga, now preparing to start a fellowship later this year. 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 Tauranga.


Richard Storey

Vice-President / Research

Richard joins with his passion for good research and practice changing projects. In addition to his roles as vice-president, Richard's 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.


Blair York


Blair has now finished his plastic and reconstructive surgery training and has recently returned from Melbourne after completing his fellowship. Blair has now started his first role as a SMO at CDHB, but has agreed to keep the Treasurer 'seat warm' until until the AGM in July 2022 when he will step down.

During his training Blair has been on RACSTA, the NZ Board of plastic surgery training and the student representative on NZAPS. 

Blair brings experience with these governance positions to the executive team. 


Emma Littlehales

Non-Training Registrar Representative

I’m a UK graduate and a Non-SET plastics registrar at Christchurch. I wanted to be involved in STONZ because I worked in a system in the UK where juniors worked a 70 hour week to get the required experience for elective surgery, but were only paid for 48.

I want to make sure the New Zealand trainees get the required experience to become consultants in a safe way, whilst still being recognised and compensated for the hard work they do. I want to fight for safe and evidence based rosters, which allow for enough training time to make safe consultants.


Jordan Tewhaiti-Smith

House Officer Representative

Kia ora! I’m Jordan, a PGY3 Senior House Officer based at Canterbury DHB. I grew up in the Wairarapa but have huge connections to the South Island. I now live in Christchurch with my wife.

I am committed to career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and I joined STONZ as I felt it reflected my goals for training in the future, but I also feel that STONZ has RMOs and patients at the centre of their work. I hope to be able to facilitate balanced communication with the junior workforce coming through (including trainee interns) and support them in joining a union that works for them.


Chistina Matthews

Trainee Representative
I am a current SET 2 ENT trainee based in Waikato DHB.  I grew up in Auckland but have worked in Northland, Counties Manukau and Canterbury DHBs throughout my non-trainee years.  

As the trainee representative I represent all of the specialties - not just surgery. I welcome contact from members and trainees from all specialties. 

I joined STONZ as it has a good grasp on a balance between adequate and quality trainees for our junior doctors and safety.


Kate Clapperton-Rees

Executive Director

Kate is responsible for the operational management and strategic leadership of STONZ i.e. putting the Executive teams plans into motion. 

Kate has a background of Business and Human Resources, with experience ranging from setting up and managing small businesses, to working for the Northern Regional Alliance team holding a number of roles there over the years including Allocations and Training, Daily Operations, and Workforce Development. Prior to joining STONZ Kate had a break from the heath sector and worked at Christchurch International Airport in the People and Culture team. 


Janelle Butcher

Senior RMO Advisor and DHB Liaison

Janelle is our RMO and rostering specialist and joined us in 2020 after 5 years with CDHB, firstly as the Surgical Coordinator and then as the RMO Support Team Leader.

Janelle studied Human Resources and got her foot in the door at CDHB starting out in the HR Team so brings a huge knowledge of the DHBs and the RMO workforce with her. When Janelle’s not working you’ll find her hanging out with her dog or helping out the Scout Group where she is a leader.


Becky Allen

Support Coordinator

Becky joined our team as the STONZ Support Coordinator. She will be one of your main contacts if you need support and will also be involved in supporting the projects STONZ is currently undertaking.

Prior to joining STONZ, Becky has worked for the CDHB in the People and Capability Team after finishing her studies in Project Management and Human Resources.  

When Becky is not working you can find her playing sport and hanging out with friends and family.


Linda Porter

Support Administrator

Linda is an experienced administrator and keeps our wheels turning! Formerly from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and then the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons, she brings a wealth of administrative and organisational experience to STONZ, with a smile.

Linda resides in Wellington with her three teenage children.


Susan Walsh

RMO Support Advocate

Susan joins us with a varied career background in support and advocacy services.

She has experience as a union representative, social justice advocate, and a manager. She has a BSocSc degree majoring in Union and Labour Studies from Waikato University. Susan also knows a thing or two about RMOs; having raised and supported two of her own (Earle and Stephanie Savage). Susan is based in Hamilton and will travel around NZ to support our members whenever she is needed.


Heath Lash

Ex-officio Executive

Heath is the founder and ex-chairman of STONZ. Since starting STONZ he has completed Orthopaedic Surgical Training and moved back to Christchurch with his young family to start his first SMO role. Heath has previously also been the representative of New Zealand surgical trainees to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Heaths current role as an ex-officio member of the Executive is to provide guidance and support if needed as we continue to grow.


Office Hours

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Contact us

Please get in touch with any questions you may have. We would love to hear from you.

P: 03 745 9258
PO Box 22656, Christchurch 8140

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