Health Navigator Charitable Trust

Our vision is for everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand to be empowered for lifelong hauora.

We provide high-quality, easy to read health information and self-help resources relevant to everyone, from kids to kaumatua.

Partnerships are key to achieving our goals: He waka eke noa ‒ a canoe which we are all in, with no exception.




Health Navigator Charitable Trust team

The Health Navigator Charitable Trust (HNCT) works to ensure everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand has easy access to high quality, culturally acceptable health information, tools and resources. It also makes life easier for health professionals working with patients and clients in the pursuit of shared decision making and self-determination.

HNCT focuses on health literacy, self-management support and promoting self-management skills. It founded, and continues to run, the popular Healthify He Puna Waiora website (formerly known as Health Navigator NZ), and co-creates a range of other high-quality tools and resources.

An important part of HNCT's mahi is working with others to make any door the right door for people wanting to improve their, or their whānau's, health: at the click of a button, scan of a code or swipe of a screen, it should be possible to quickly access what is needed to lead healthier lives.

In 2005, a group of New Zealand health professionals, managers and members of the public established a self-management network to act as a forum for collaboration about self-management support for people with long-term conditions.

The network, led by Dr Janine Bycroft, soon identified the need for a coordinated source of reliable health information and self-help resources to curb the duplication and fragmentation of online health information.

In July 2008, the Health Navigator Charitable Trust was registered with the Charities Commission in New Zealand to build and run the first Health Navigator NZ website, which went live in December 2008. 

As well as the Healthify He Puna Waiora website, the trust offers a range of other products to New Zealanders and the health professionals who care for them. You can read more about them under Our mahi.

Our Board of Trustees provides guidance and strategic advice.

Janine Bycroft CEO Health Navigator Charitable trustJanine Bycroft
CEO, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
MBChB, Dip Obs, Dip Paeds, MPH (Hons), FRNZCGP (Dist)

Bram Kukler Health Navigator Charitable Trust board memberBram Kukler
Chair, Health Navigator Charitable Trust
Director Strategy and Innovation, Harbour Hospice
MBS: Management; Dip. Social Sciences: Psychology, RN

Julia Ebbett Health Navigator Charitable Trust board memberJulia Ebbett
Community Nurse Manager, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga

Dr Rebecca Grainger HNCT board member

Dr Rebecca Grainger
Rheumatologist, Hutt Valley DHB
BMedSc (Dist) MBChB(Dist), MInstD, FACHI, FRACP, PhD

Jodi Mitchell HNCT board memberJodi Mitchell
Executive Chairperson, MoleMap

Andrew Skinner Health Navigator Charitable Trust board memberAndrew Skinner
Partner, Martelli McKegg
LLB, (1st Class Hons), BCom

Alison van Wyk HNCT board memberAlison van Wyk
CEO, Access Community Health, RN



We have several great teams working both for the Health Navigator Charitable Trust (HNCT) and Healthify. Meet those behind the scenes of HNCT.

Janine Bycroft CEO Health Navigator Charitable TrustJanine Bycroft

CEO, Clinical Director
MBChB, Dip Obs, Dip Paeds, MPH (Hons), FRNZCGP (Dist)

Rochelle Doyle Health Navigator Charitable TrustRochelle Doyle

Operations Manager
NZDipBusMngt, NZIMCertMngt, NZDipBusMktg, NZDipBusTsm, NZCertReo(L4)

Susie Hill Communications Director at Health Navigator Charitable TrustSusie Hill
Communications Director, WOVEN Manager
BSc, Dip Journ, NZCS

Natalie Iogha HNCT team Natalie Iogha
Communications & Administration Specialist, BVA

Karōria Johns Health Navigator Charitable Trust

Karōria Johns
Partnerships and Community Development Lead

Frances King of Health Navigator Charitable TrustFrances King
Project Coordinator, Self Management Support Engagement Specialist

Merle Samuels Health Navigator Charitable Trust

Merle Samuels
Māori Cultural Advisor

Renee Schick Health Navigator Charitable TrustRenee Schick
Content & Marketing Specialist
BA (hons), GradDip Marketing, MLIS

Fa’aulu Tomuli-Afoa
WOVEN Coordinator, Self Management Support Project Manager
BA Bus. Psychology

Sarah Travaglia Health Navigator Charitable Trust

Sarah Travaglia
Project Manager
NZRCN, Dip Comp.Nursing, Dip Mgmt Studies, Dip Health (Case Mgmt), Certified Change Mgmt Practitioner (APMG International)

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