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The current PodiatryNZ Board are:



Ben Lamb - Chair

Health & Sport Central - Christchurch

As one of the clinical directors and head of podiatry at Health and Sport Central in Christchurch, my primary focus is around biomechanics, sports injury and orthotic therapy.
I am the director of Footmed Orthotics, a commercial orthotics laboratory that manufactures orthotics for podiatrists.

I have been on the PodiatryNZ Board since 2013.
An area of great interest to me is working as the national clinical director of Fit Feet for the Special Olympics and I enjoy the work I do as a technical educator for a shoe retailer. 






Caron Orelowitz

The Podiatrist - Auckland

I studied podiatry in Johannesburg, graduating in 1994. I have two postgraduate certificates from the University of South Australia and have completed several paediatric courses. I am currently doing a postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine through Otago University.
As a solo practitioner in private practice, I run a number of clinics in Auckland and holds PHO diabetes high-risk foot contracts. I have a keen interest in paediatrics and sports podiatry.












Lawrence Kingi

Maori Representative - Auckland

I graduated in 2008 with a bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry). I am currently contracted to Counties Manukau District Health Board as part of the Diabetes Secondary Podiatry and Rheumatoid Arthritis clinics. I work in a multi-disciplinary team as a Renal Podiatrist.
I have been working with Huakina Development Trust to deliver a tikanga based podiatry clinic at Nga Hau e Wha Marae and Ooraeroa Marae as part of their Whare Oranga Programme.
I believe the biggest challenge facing PodiatryNZ is ensuring professional relevance is maintained through focused public engagement, branding and building awareness with other medical professions.








Matthew Franken

Blenheim Podiatry 

Matthew qualified as a Podiatrist in 2001 and has been practising Podiatry ever since. He has worked in Christchurch for 5 years, privately and publicly and then spent 2 years in a rural Australian hospital. Matthew and Kate moved to Blenheim in 2007, taking over the establish Wairau Podiatry, turning it into Blenheim Podiatry in April 2014. Matthew is a keen sports man and has a strong interest in biomechanics and orthotics, as well as nail surgery.










Rebecca Finchett

As half Kiwi – half Welsh, I have Podiatry experience from the UK as well as NZ, this gives a different perspective of our great profession.

My focus is gold-standard care led by an evidence based background.

I’m lucky to have a diverse clinical caseload, from High Risk Foot contracts, Maori Health, musculoskeletal  and paediatric to palliative care.
 My other focus is the development of Podiatrists in my clinics and involvement in Otago-Southland CPD and nationally.
 Outside of work I’m a keen jewellery maker in precious metals and I love walking my dogs on our beautiful beaches here in Otago.





 Jennifer Pelvin

 Chief Executive (non-voting)

 Butler Pelvin & Associates provides secretariat, governance  and executive services to not-for-profit and charitable  organisations including PodiatryNZ.















The Rules are the governing document for PodiatryNZ. The governance handbook is the Board's guiding document. 


The Board may consist of up to seven Members as follows:

  • Three Members elected as Board members by the Members in accordance with 7(c) of the Rules.
  • One Podiatrist Māori representative. A Māori representative body (recognised by the Board), shall determine their processes for selecting their representative.
  • One student representative. A student representative body (recognised by the Board), shall determine their processes for selecting their representative.
  • The Board may co-opt from time to time additional Board members with or without full voting rights provided that at no time shall there be more than two such co-opted Board members.

Student members are urged to make contact with the Chief Executive, Jennifer Pelvin, and pursue the options for establishing representation on the Board.


You can view the Financial Statements on the Incorporated Societies website. Search for 'Podiatry New Zealand Incorporated'.