Lakes DHB Research and Ethics Committee Information
About the Lakes DHB Research and Ethics Committee

The Lakes DHB Research and Ethics Committee was established in mid-2004 for the following purposes:

To encourage and facilitate an innovative health research culture across the Lakes district.
To provide an accessible forum in which to discuss ethical dilemmas.
To compile and maintain a register of health research projects, updated monthly, of all research being undertaken within the Lakes DHB. It is available from the committee secretary.

The Research and Ethics Committee  ensures all research undertaken within Lakes DHB is of high quality in both research and ethical terms. Therefore it is important that all research undertaken at Lakes DHB has been authorised by this committee. 

Registering your research with the Lakes DHB Research and Ethics Committee

If your study already has approval from an accredited Health and Disability Ethics Committee and you wish to register with the Lakes DHB Research and Ethcis Committee to obtain a locality assessment, or access to clinical records please forward the full application to . If you do not already have an application form, please use the Lakes DHB Register of Research form (see below).

Quick access to Lakes DHB Research and Ethics Committee documents

Registration of Research - Locality Approval (with or without HDEC approval)

Research and Ethics Committee Meetings

- Meetings are held the last Friday of every month. February through to November (December and Jan - No meeting) 

 Click here to access a copy of the committee’s Terms of Reference

For further information please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can access the Lakes DHB Research and Ethics Committee?

  • All Lakes DHB staff and contracted community service providers can access the committee about research issues.
  • All employees of Lakes DHB are required to register research with the committee.
  • Members of the public, Lakes DHB staff and health service providers can approach the committee to discuss ethical issues.

2. What does the Lakes DHB Research and Ethics Committee do?

  • Reviews research proposals, and provides constructive feedback to researchers in a timely fashion.
  • Assists researchers to navigate the accredited Health and Disability Regional Ethics Committee process from which most health research proposals will require approval.
  • Assists the researcher to obtain the approvals required for locality assessment sign off that is part of the regional ethics approval process.

3. How do I apply to have a research proposal reviewed?

Application forms can be obtained from the Research and Ethics Committee secretary or Chair. Completed applications should be forwarded to the Committee Secretary and Chair , Level 2 Ngati Whakaue Building, Private Bag 3023, Rotorua 3046 or Your application needs to be submitted no later than one week prior to the meeting. If required you will then be invited to attend the next monthly meeting to discuss and process your application.

5. Who are the current members of the Lakes DHB Research and Ethics Committee?

2015 members are:

  • Kristina Maconaghie - Chair
  • Kristina Maconaghie -Taupo community representative 
  • Louise Armstrong - Psychiatrist - MH&AS representative

  • Annie Morley - Clinical Nurse Manager ICU/CCU
  • Candy Cookson-Cox, Child & Youth Mortality Coordinator
  • Ulrike Buehner, Anaethetist

The Chair is appointed by the CE.

6. Tell me more about the relationship with regional/national committees:

The local committee is not accredited with the Health Research Council and researchers will still need approval from a Health and Disability regional ethics committee. The Lakes DHB REC can help researchers gain internal sign-off required for regional ethics approval. On the rare occasion where there may be a disagreement between the Lakes DHB REC and a regional committee, the regional committee’s decision would take precedence.

8. What is the Register of Research?

The register of research is a list of all research being undertaken by groups / individuals within the Lakes DHB. This list is updated monthly following the Lakes DHB REC meeting. Contact  Kristina Maconaghie for more information. 

9. Who can I contact if I need more information?

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Helen Harris