Tūtaki i te Kaunihera

Meet the Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council

Carlton Irving (Chairperson)

Carlton Irving (Chairperson)

Ko Mātiti me Tarakeha nga maunga
Ko Waioweka me Opepe nga awa
Ko Ōpeke me Opape nga marae
Ko Irapuaia me Muriwai nga whare tipuna
Ko Te Kurapare me Tapairu nga whare kai
Ko Ngāti Ira me Ngai Tamahaua hapū
Ko Whakatōhea te Iwi

Ko Carlton Irving tōku ingoa,
Nō Ōpōtiki ahau.

I started as a paid ambulance officer in 2004 - training vocationally to paramedic with St John, and then undertaking my BHSc, PG Dip Hsc, MHPrac and Grad Cert in EmMgmt through AUT University.

I've worked in many roles from PTMS to the Rescue Heli and Remote Clinics. I helped establish and later chaired the Māori advisory group for St John. I continue working as a paramedic at the moment while I am studying at Otago to become a doctor.

Ngā mihi nui

Carlton Irving

 Dr Bronwyn Tunnage (Deputy Chairperson)

 Dr Bronwyn Tunnage (Deputy Chairperson)

Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine - Auckland University of Technology

Bronwyn’s clinical career commenced with St John in Auckland, where she practised as an advanced care paramedic and held the rank of station manager. She subsequently studied nursing at Kings College, London, specialising in cardiology. After completing a Master of Science in Health Economics, Bronwyn returned to Aotearoa/New Zealand to take up tenure in the Paramedicine Department at Auckland University of Technology.

For her doctorate, she explored the paramedic care of patients with acute stroke and transient ischaemic attacks. She has published journal articles, book chapters and provided keynote presentations on a range of aspects relating to paramedicine and is a strong advocate for the regulation of the profession.

Bronwyn is a Director and Fellow of the professional organisation, the Australasian College of Paramedicine.

Dr David Ivory

Dr David Ivory

(MNZM) Havelock North and Christchurch
PhD, MEd, LLB, & BA (Hons)
I have a passion for education and business.

I am a former University of Canterbury council member,  board member of the New Zealand School Trustees Association (Chair of Audit and Risk). I am a current and former ministerial appointee to several national boards; I am currently on the Southern Regional Health School (which operates school sites across the South Island).
I formerly worked with New Zealand Public Service Association and Office of Parliamentary Ombudsman (Investigations). Currently I hold several commercial directorships and own several entities. I enjoy road biking, basketball, and travel.

Michelle Mullooly

Mitch Mullooly


A wahine toa of Ngāi Tahu decent, Mitch has spent more than two decades as a paramedic working in the pre-hospital environment, exposed to a diverse spread of metropolitan, rural, and remote locations throughout New Zealand, providing care in the settings of both road and air.

Paramedicine has been a long-held passion for Mitch and advocating for the profession has always been prominent throughout her career. Mitch serves as the current Chair of the member committee for the Australasian College of Paramedicine for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Mitch is highly energetic when promoting the healthy living and wellbeing of personnel within the Emergency Services Sector, priding herself on helping first responders reverse the negative effects of physical and psychological fatigue leading to fulfilling and rewarding careers.

Mitch sits on the Advisory Board for Te Kiwi Māia – The Courageous Kiwi, a charity which provides support and respite for first responders and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel, both current and former, who have physical or psychological injuries as a result of their service.

Mitch is the Chairperson of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council and she is honoured to be appointed to the inaugural Paramedic Council. Mitch is tremendously enthusiastic for the future of paramedicine in New Zealand.

Tofilau Bernadette Pereira

Bernadette has been a Community Development Practitioner for 30 years across local and central government, corporate and the not-for-profit sector. She is a long-serving board member on a number of governance bodies and has been a chief advocate for women, youth and ethnic communities. Having their 'voice' Bernadette works closely with communities.

Bernadette advocates for the health of Pacific people and the vulnerable in our communities. She sits on Southseas Healthcare Board Trust, advocates for Pacific communities health on Health Quality and Disability Commission, CMDHB, is a member of NACEW, and leads the largest Pacific women's organisation PACIFICA in Aotearoa in her long-serving role as president.

Having lived all her married life in New Zealand, Bernadette is a Samoan chief from Iva, Savaii Samoa, is married to Antoine Xulue, a Kanak from New Caledonia, and says her biggest contribution to the world is her son Joseph Manan Xulue, a young Crown Prosecutor for the Manukau Counties. 


Sean Thompson

Sean Thompson

Sean has worked in the ambulance sector since 2000 and is currently a casual Intensive Care Paramedic with Wellington Free Ambulance. Sean has previously taught cardiology, ethics, law, sociology and professional practice on the BHSc Paramedic degree at Whitireia Polytechnic. He holds a Masters in Professional Practice, having researched the experiences of witnesses to unsuccessful resuscitations. He is a past Chair of the professional body Paramedics Australasia NZ and is currently employed as the Advance Care Planning Systems manager for the three District Health Boards in Wellington and the Wairarapa.


Nigel Watson

Nigel Watson

It all started on the ski slopes of Mt Hutt, Canterbury when I was fortunate enough to spend time as a volunteer ski patroller. The need and desire to learn more about the anatomy and physiology of the body kept growing so I started my paramedic degree.

2010 was the start of my career as I embarked on my Paramedic bachelor’s degree in Porirua, Wellington. During this time I gained full-time employment with Wellington Free Ambulance as an ambulance officer and subsequently moved to the Wairarapa where I spent five years as a paramedic and the Wairarapa Area Manager. During this time my wife and I decided to grow a family which continues to keep on growing.

In December 2018 I joined St John Ambulance as a territory manager looking after the snow filled Central Plateau. I love being a paramedic, however, I equally enjoy being a leader and manager.

It’s an absolute privilege to serve on the Paramedic Council as a health practitioner member and I really look forward to making a contribution towards keeping our communities safer with regulation and registration of paramedics.