Who Are We


Diane and Nettie   Gerard Catrina and Gail Becky


Jim Vause

A graduate of University of Otago, Jim has been practising medicine since 1976 and is still trying to get it right. He has had a number of advisory positions in health, both in NZ and internationally, including website editor for the world organisation of GPs (WONCA). He is a former president of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. His whakapapa is Kai Tahu and Kati Mamoe. Pastimes of skiing, yachting, motorsport and jazz piano are sometimes fitted in. He has also been known to occasionally hit a tennis ball when trying to play the game.


Penny Wytenburg

Like Jim, Penny is an Otago graduate. She began work at Redwoodtown as a GP in 1987 and has been a key part of the practice since then.

Penny is a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Emergency Medicine. With her husband, Tony, three adult sons and a teenage daughter, life is never quiet.  In between her work and family commitments, Penny can be found moonlighting on the bass guitar for local party band, WattFour, (www.facebook.com/WattFourMarlborough/) or paradoxically on the dance floor doing a little ballroom or Latin.


Catrina Traini

A fine, Scottish lass, Catrina Traini came to Marlborough from Wellington along with her school age children and husband Dave. Catrina had worked for several years in Wellington and Porirua, both in general practice and family planning and is both a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK), having trained in Aberdeen, and a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs.


Joanna (Jo) Muir

Jo is an Otago Graduate who joined the practice in 2015 after doing her post graduate GP training in Wellington. She has three children and lives with husband Mike in among the vineyards for which Marlborough is famous.


Martina Suleiman

Slovakian (from the former Czechoslovakia) by birth, Martina studied medicine in Slovakia and following graduation worked for 3 years in Glasgow, mainly in Emergency Medicine, a field she greatly enjoyed. In 2008, she moved to NZ with her husband when he came back to the town in which he grew up. Martina worked at Wairau Hospital for 3 years before starting her GP training, graduating with a RNZCGP Fellowship this year.
Martina also works part time at the Marlborough Hospice and has a special interest in dermatology, skin cancer and minor surgery, something she would like to specialise in more in the future.
Outside of work, she spends most of her free time with her husband and two small children in the Marlborough Sounds or in the garden, also fitting in some travelling, cooking, and sewing.


Dr Natalie Balme

Natalie is currently a General Practice Registrar who has been working in general practice in Hamilton since 2012. A keen swimmer, snowboarder and violinist, Dr Reid has relocated to Blenheim with her new husband, who is a partner at Springlands Pharmacy. She is also a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs.



Julie Nelson

Another quiet sort on paper, Julie is a very capable triage nurse in the practice, having trained and registered in the 1980s and spent ten years in Dunedin as a District Nurse, She is a refugee from the West Coast of the South Island, having been a dab hand at the motel business. She has worked in the practice since 1999; her principal role is as triage phone nurse and patient liaison in addition to a variety of other nursing work.


Cathy Hale

An avid bagpiper, Cathy was, prior to joining the practice, a diabetic educator nurse at Wairau Hospital, a skill set she has continued with at Redwoodtown. She is, in addition to her general nursing skills, an expert in assisting patients with their management of diabetes.  


Rebecca Malin

Beckie is our newest nurse, having done some relieving work with us before joining full time in 2015.  She is an excellent smoking cessation advisor.



Gerard Verkaaik  Technologist

Before retiring, in another life, Gerard was chief technologist/manager at the Wairau Hospital Laboratory. Following "restructuring", he stopped work, then restarted in general practice providing both blood taking expertise and also managing various technical processes such as equipment sterilisation. A stalwart of the Marlborough Salvation Army, Gerard is also a very talented trumpet player and sculptor.


Jane Smith  Receptionist/Admin

Having previous trained as a chef, in 2011 Jane decided on a complete career change and joined the practice and has proven to be a capable and pleasant receptionist. 

A favourite pastime of Jane's is running in the great outdoors.


Gwen Prendiville Reception/Admin

Gwen joined us in 2017 after relocating from Auckland to Blenheim to be nearer family.  Gwen has had a significant career in health administration working both in DHBs and private home care agencies.  When Gwen is not at work, she and her partner are busy exploring the area on their Harley motorbikes.


Felicity (Fliss) Roberts  Receptionist/Admin

Felicity has been a surgical secretary for ten years and a medical receptionist for the past three and 1/2.

"I love the contact with the patients from the wee ones to the elderly and also enjoy learning aspects on medical and health issues. It's a great surgery and team to belong to."

Her interests are foremost her family and shared sports: skiing, tramping, sailing and for herself, especially fishing.


Karen Fisher   Receptionist/Admin

Karen moved from Te Anau to Marlborough with her husband, Ewan, in March 2017.  She had worked as a front line police officer for the previous 14 years and is now embarking on a more relaxing lifestyle, enjoying her spare time exploring the Marlborough area.

Karen and Ewan have older children who have flown the coop.  Karen enjoys travel, tramping, camping, time with the family as well as arts and crafts.


Jo Patchett  Receptionist/Admin

Having lived in Marlborough for over 40 years now, Jo considers herself a local. When she is not working, she is playing with her two lovely grandchildren, taking photos, toiling away in her huge garden or playing music with a four piece band.

Jo has worked on a casual basis for Redwoodtown Medical for many years but has now finally signed up as one of our permanent administrators.


Peter Jackson  Hygienologist

Peter is better known for his voice, his dulcet tones having for many years graced the airwaves of local radio. Pete is in charge of the cleaning and is chief executive for the practice's Ecology Committee.