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NZBA Staff


Jane Cartwright |Executive Officer

Jane was appointed as NZBA Executive Officer in May 2017. She has substantial governance and operational experience in the health, local government and education sectors. Jane is a Registered Dietitian and holds an MBA from the University of Otago. She believes in working in partnership with others to improve people's health and well-being.


Jane was appointed as NZBA Executive Officer in May 2017. She has substantial governance and operational experience in the health, local government and education sectors. Jane is a Registered Dietitian and holds an MBA from the University of Otago. She believes in working in partnership with others to improve people's health and well-being.


Cara Hafner |Baby Friendly Advisor

Cara joins us from the USA, having a background in maternal-child nursing as a postnatal nurse, community health nurse and lactation consultant. She has been an IBCLC for 14 years and previously worked at Christchurch Women’s Hospital from 2009-2012. Most recently, she has worked at a BFHI accredited hospital as a supervisor of lactation services and as an inpatient and outpatient lactation consultant. She is very happy to be back working to support, protect and promote breastfeeding in Aotearoa.


Cara joins us from the USA, having a background in maternal-child nursing as a postnatal nurse, community health nurse and lactation consultant. She has been an IBCLC for 14 years and previously worked at Christchurch Women’s Hospital from 2009-2012. Most recently, she has worked at a BFHI accredited hospital as a supervisor of lactation services and as an inpatient and outpatient lactation consultant. She is very happy to be back working to support, protect and promote breastfeeding in Aotearoa.


Pania Laskaratou |Baby Friendly Initiative Coordinator

Pania began in the field of school psychology wanting to help children have a happy childhood. As a mother, she discovered that breastfeeding is the best possible start! Since then she has devoted her energy to help mothers achieve their own breastfeeding goals through roles as a La Leche League leader and IBCLC.


Pania began in the field of school psychology wanting to help children have a happy childhood. As a mother, she discovered that breastfeeding is the best possible start! Since then she has devoted her energy to help mothers achieve their own breastfeeding goals through roles as a La Leche League leader and IBCLC.


Carmen Timu-Parata |Māori Advisor

Carmen is of Ngati Kahungunu descent and lives in Wellington. She is the Māori Advisor for the New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance.

Previously, Carmen worked in a primary care well-child service, as a nurse educator and researcher. She has had a long relationship with NZBA. Carmen has been a Lead Assessor for BFHI and has worked for the NZBA as an assessor since 2001. She has been the Māori representative on the NZBA Board (2014-2016) and chaired Te Rōpu Whakaruruhau, NZBA's Māori Advisory group.


Carmen is of Ngati Kahungunu descent and lives in Wellington. She is the Māori Advisor for the New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance.

Previously, Carmen worked in a primary care well-child service, as a nurse educator and researcher. She has had a long relationship with NZBA. Carmen has been a Lead Assessor for BFHI and has worked for the NZBA as an assessor since 2001. She has been the Māori representative on the NZBA Board (2014-2016) and chaired Te Rōpu Whakaruruhau, NZBA's Māori Advisory group.


Wendy Scanlon |Administrator

Wendy manages the NZBA website, social media, newsletter and NZBA resources. She prepares the annual breastfeeding data for DHBs and the Ministry of Health. Wendy is also a Registered Nutritionist and is part of the Healthy Lifestyles team at Pegasus Health in Christchurch.


Wendy manages the NZBA website, social media, newsletter and NZBA resources. She prepares the annual breastfeeding data for DHBs and the Ministry of Health. Wendy is also a Registered Nutritionist and is part of the Healthy Lifestyles team at Pegasus Health in Christchurch.


Cheryl Fenwick |Office Manager

Cheryl is responsible for all aspects of our office management. Her passions are health, food, family and friends! If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact her.


Cheryl is responsible for all aspects of our office management. Her passions are health, food, family and friends! If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact her.