ŠĒ• NZ Herald
Chris Hipkins has taken time out of his tortured, angst ridden relationship with whatever batshit crazy woman student he has been chasing to accuse National of cronyism in the appointment of people with National Party links to the Health Promotion Agency.
Unfortunately for Chippie, the Herald ran an article on Lee Mathias recently.
Lee Mathias’s first entrepreneurial business was Birthcare after being a nurse for 26 years including principal nurse at Middlemore Hospital. The entrepreneur, who is currently deputy chair of the Auckland District Health Board, first thought of the idea for Birthcare when completing an MBA at the University of Auckland University.
Having her own children at National Women’s her argument was: “What would I like? We’ve got to be able to do something better than this.”
She opened the new building for Birthcare Auckland in 2001, having launched Birthcare Huntly in 1995. Birthcare contracted to DHBs and the Ministry of Health to provide primary maternity facilities services.From there Mathias went to Labtests, where she was a director and shareholder. In July 2006, Labtests Auckland was awarded the contract to provide community laboratory services to the people of Auckland.
Selling out in 2007, Mathias, who has a doctorate, became a professional director and chair, but still wanted to be involved in entrepreneurial enterprises.
So 26 years as a nurse, running a midwifery business, a couple of biotech positions and a background in managing tight budgets for growing organisations is trumped by being a former National Party electorate chair? Or does her over 30 years in public health, and doctorate in corporate governance, plus many years of governance experience make her an ideal candidate for this role?