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EHI project team

The EHI project team are located at the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University.

Photo credit: Jeroen Burmanje 

Professor Barry Borman


Barry has over 30 years of experience in applied epidemiology, perinatal epidemiology, and environmental epidemiology. He has published papers in these areas, developed, operated, and evaluated numerous health surveillance systems, conducted investigations of disease clusters, and teaches postgraduate courses in epidemiology. From 2000 to 2008, Barry managed Public Health Intelligence (PHI), the epidemiology group of the Ministry of Health, New Zealand, and previously was the senior epidemiologist in several government agencies. Since 1987, he has been the director of the New Zealand Birth Defects Registry (NZBDR), reporesenting New Zealand at the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR).

Barry is currently a member of 'The Ministry of Health Coronavirus Statistical Advisory Group'.

Associate Professor Deborah Read

Public Health Physician

Deborah has a specialist interest in environmental health.  She joined the team part- time as an Associate Professor in 2011. Her experience includes positions in the Ministry of Health and other central government agencies and as a Medical Officer of Health in several district health boards. Other previous roles include Deputy Chair of the Medical Council of New Zealand;  member of the Environmental Risk Management Authority, and member of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms decision-making committee of the Environmental Protection Authority. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Advertising Standards Complaints Board, a member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and the Veterans’ Entitlements Appeal Board.

Deborah is currently a member of 'The Ministry of Health Coronavirus Statistical Advisory Group'.

Kirstin Lindberg

Principal Analyst

Kirstin has a background in public health medicine, psychology and computer science. She has an MSc in Public Health from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a BSc from Auckland University.  She is currently studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics. Before joining the team in 2015, she worked in many different parts of the health sector in New Zealand in a variety of roles.  

Domain lead: Alcohol-related harm, Animals and human health 

Domain second: Climate change

Kylie Mason

Principal Analyst

Kylie joined the team in 2013. She completed a Masters degree in Applied Statistics at Victoria University in 2005, and later a post-grad certificate in public health at Otago University. Before joining the team, Kylie worked for eight years at the Ministry of Health, where she was involved in health statistics and research. In the EHI team, Kylie has led projects including environmental burden of disease studies, developing new environmental health indicators and domains, and most recently, developing social vulnerability indicators for natural hazards. 

Domain lead: Population vulnerability

Domain second: Indoor environment, UV radiation, Transport, Natural hazards 

Mathangi Shanthakumar


Mathangi has a Master’s degree in Medical Statistics from the University of Auckland.  She joined the team in 2010. Mathangi has previously worked as a consultant biostatistician for various health professionals and organizations including the Auckland District Health Board.

Domain second: Border health, Animals and human health

Helene Marsters

Senior Analyst

Helene has a background in Geography and Environmental Studies. She has a Master of Science degree in Physical Geography from Victoria University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from Massey University. She is responsible for coordinating the EHI team’s indicators and factsheets.

Domain lead: Indoor environment

Domain second:  Hazardous substances, Children's environmental health

Carolin Haenfling

Senior Analyst

Carolin has a background in Physical & Human Geography and a Master of Science degree in Physical Geography from Victoria University of Wellington. She joined the team in 2016 and currently leads the climate change and air quality domain.

Domain lead: Climate change, Air quality

Domain second: Natural hazards, Alcohol-related harm

Allan Schori


Allan joined the team in 2017, working as an analyst. He has a background in Geography and GIS, recently completing his Postgraduate Diploma in GIS at the University of Canterbury in 2016.

Domain lead: Border health, Air quality 

Domain second: Natural hazards, Population vulnerability, Climate change

Shanika Jayasinghe


Shanika graduated with a Master of Public Health from Massey University in 2019 and has a background in epidemiology and animal ecology. She joined the team in 2019, working as an analyst.

Agnieszka Kowalik-Tait

GIS Analyst

Agnieszka (ag-nee-esh-ka) joined the EHI team in 2018 to maintain the Healthspace website. She has a degree in biological sciences from Poland and work experience in Environmental Conservation and GIS in New Zealand.

Shunnie Xie


Shunnie has completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at the University of Auckland in 2016 and also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics in 2018. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Health Analytics at Massey University. She is responsible for Hazardous substances and recreational water indicators.

Domain lead: Hazardous Substances

Patrick Hipgrave


Patrick joined the team as an analyst in 2020. He has a background in physical and human geography and graduated from Victoria University in 2016. He is currently completing a Master of Geographic Information Science degree.

Domain lead: UV radiation, Recreational Water

Professor Stephen Haslett

Consultant Biostatistician

Steve is a Emeritus Professor of Statistics in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University. He provides regular statistical support to the EHI team. His research interests are in sample survey design and analysis, small area estimation especially of poverty, linear and generalized linear mixed models, and statistical consulting. He has been involved in small area estimation projects for the UN World Food Programme and the World Bank in Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Pakistan and Timor-Leste, and in more wide ranging projects linked to government statistics offices in over 20 countries including Thailand, Uganda, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Azerbaijan.

Steve is currently a member of 'The Ministry of Health Coronavirus Statistical Advisory Group'.

EHI Technical Advisors

Our Technical Advisors are highly experienced professionals who provide the team with their expertise and interest in Environmental Health Indicators.

Professor David Briggs

David is a Emeritus Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial College London.  

A geographer and environmental scientist by background, he has researched extensively in the areas of environmental modelling, exposure assessment, risk analysis and indicator development for policy support, especially in relation to air pollution. Over recent years, he has been principal investigator on more than 30 research council, government, industry  and EU-funded research projects, including studies on air pollution, mobile phone masts, powerlines, multiple deprivation and pesticides.  

Prior to retiring, he co-ordinated a 33-partner integrated project (INTARESE) which developed methods for integrated assessment of health impacts from environmental stressors.  For seven years (until 2007) he was a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, and has been a long-time consultant to the European Commission.  He has also been a regular consultant to the World Health Organisation, for whom he has been responsible for developing concepts, methods and specifications for environmental health indicators.  During the 1990s he likewise was responsible for compiling a number state of environment reports (at local, national and EU level), and for developing environmental indicators to support policy.  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and ca. 20 books and research monographs/reports.  

He retired in July 2009, and emigrated 4 days later to North Island, New Zealand.

Dr Donald Hannah

Having worked in environmental health science and regulation for over 30 years, Donald brings a wide range of experience to the EHI programme.  He was a research leader at ESR (and DSIR prior to that) and joined the new Environmental Risk Management Authority in 1997 as Science and Research Manager. He retired from the Environmental Protection Authority in 2013 after building a career in bringing sound science to environmental decision-making. He has represented New Zealand in a range of international fora including the OECD Environmental Health and Safety programme and several United Nations treaties and negotiations.