About us

The Ministry of Health has funded four regional project managers across New Zealand to help facilitate quality work, until June 2018. The South Island regional plan for the project was completed after a consultation process in 2015.  A regional steering group provides the governance structure for the project, with representation from across the wider Well Child Tamariki Ora sector in the South Island.

The team

The Well Child Tamariki Ora Quality Improvement project manager for the South Island is Marijke Dryfout. Marijke is based in Christchurch, at the South Island Alliance Programme Office.

Marijke Dryfhout
South Island Alliance Programme Office


WCTO quality improvement project steering group:



DHB or Organisation


Michael McIIhone

Director of Nursing

Pegasus Health, Canterbury

Kate Nicoll

Lead Maternity Carer/New Zealand College of Midwives representative

New Zealand College of Midwives, Canterbury

Jenni Stephenson

DHB Planning and Funding

West Coast DHB

Jenny Humphries

Director of Midwifery 

Southern DHB

Lisa Kahu



Bridget Lester

Project Specialist, Planning and Funding

Canterbury DHB

Marijke Dryfhout 

Well Child Tamariki Ora Quality Improvement Project Manager

South Island Alliance, Canterbury

Kerry Marshall

Public Health communities team manager

Canterbury DHB

Andrew Kelly Senior Medical Officer/pediatrician Southern DHB

Jenny Faulkner

Clinical Nurse Consultant South Island Representative   
Lois McTaggart Maternity Quality and Safety Programme coordinator Nelson Marlborough DHB
Emma Jeffery Consumer Canterbury