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Providing medical care for families since 1970


Te Awamutu Medical Centre has been providing medical care for
Te Awamutu families since 1970.cornerstone-accredited.jpg

At the practice, we have 11 GPs and 10 practice nurses. We also regularly have visiting specialists and other healthcare professionals on-site, so we can deliver comprehensive medical services to you.

We are an accredited Teaching Practice with the Royal New Zealand College for General Practitioners. This means that we will often have medical registrars on-site undergoing GP training. All registrars are fully supervised by one of our fully qualified GPs.

We are Cornerstone Accredited, which is the highest level of accreditation awarded by the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners.

Your general practitioners

Partner GPs

  • maryballantyne

    Dr Mary Ballantyne

    MBBS (Lond) DipObs (Auck) FRNZCGP

    Mary was born in the United Kingdom, and did her training there as well. She has been a GP in Te Awamutu since 1981.

    Mary has a special interest in women’s health. She is a member of the Australasian Menopause Society and runs a GP Gynaecology Clinic at Waikato Hospital.

    In her spare time Mary enjoys tramping and travel and spending time with family and friends.

  • henkkroesbergen

    Dr Henk Kroesbergen

    Medical Practitioner (2004, Nijmegen, Netherlands)

    Henk graduated from Nijmegen in 2004 and worked in a number of hospitals, and as a GP, in the Netherlands until 2011. He joined Te Awamutu Medical Centre that year as a locum after moving to New Zealand with his wife and children, and is now a permanent GP here.  He has a keen interest in fishing.

  • ken caldwell

    Dr Ken Caldwell


    Born and trained in Scotland originally, Ken has been a GP in New Zealand for 20 years, and completed his postgraduate training here.

    Ken has a busy young practice, and is keen on continuity of care in family medicine.

    He enjoys living in Te Awamutu with his wife Sue and four children. Ken is keen on fishing (fly and salt) and cycling, and he loves football and Celtic music.

  • paulpowers

    Dr Paul Powers

    Associate in Training RNZCGP - Medical Practitioner (1998, Warsaw, Poland); secondary qualifications - General Practitioner (2006, Poland)

    Born and trained in Poland, Paul worked as a GP in the United Kingdom for five years. He has been working as a GP in New Zealand since February 2012. Paul enjoys living in Waipa with his wife and three children.

  • alisonglover

    Dr Alison Glover


    Alison is a Scottish/English graduate, completing her medical degree in 1988 and moving to New Zealand in 1995.

    Alison is married with two teenage daughters. Before starting her family she travelled widely, and opened the Waikato Sport and Exercise Medicine Clinic in Hamilton.

    After spending a number of years at home with her children, in 2010 she renewed her GP qualifications prior to purchasing her practice. Alison’s strong interest in sport continues and now involves the whole family.

  • paul kennedy

    Dr Paul Kennedy


    Paul qualified in London and has been working as a GP in Te Awamutu since 1991.

    Paul has an interest in sports medicine and GP training. He has completed his diploma in sports medicine and works with Te Awamutu Sports Rugby Club and Waikato ITM teams. He also has GP registrars – doctors doing some General Practitioner training – attached to his practice on a six-monthly basis.

  • hannah shaw

    Dr Hannah Shaw

    Hannah was born in Germany and grew up in the United Kingdom. She completed her medical training in Wales.

    She moved to New Zealand in 2008. After working at Waikato Hospital, Hannah completed her first year of GP training, spending 6 months at Te Awamutu Medical Centre. Hannah has a special interest in child health and end of life care.

    Hannah is married and has two young daughters. She enjoys travelling, cooking, reading and walking.

Staff GPs

  • kirstinesutton

    Dr Kirstine Sutton

    MBCHB, FRNZCGP, Associate

    Kirstine grew up in the Waikato and spent several years in the United Kingdom. She completed her medical training at Otago Medical School in 2004 and has been practising as a GP since 2007. She is interested in all aspects of general practice. Kirstine is married with a young daughter, and likes to do gardening, travelling and getting outdoors.

  • jo vipond

    Dr Jo Vipond

    MBBS (Lond), FRNZCGP, PG Dip OMG (Otago)

    Jo did her training in London and moved to New Zealand in 2005. After she arrived, she worked in hospitals throughout New Zealand. In 2009 she completed her GP training in Christchurch. Jo enjoys all areas of General Practice, but has a particular interest in women’s health.

  • Justina Powers

    Dr Justina Powers

    Justina trained in Poland and practised in Scotland and England from 2005, before joining TAMC as a staff GP in 2013. She lives with her husband Dr Paul Powers and family in Cambridge, and enjoys being part of the TAMC team. 

  • Tama

    Dr Tama Blaiklock

    Tama trained at Waikato Hospital and has experience in plastics and paediatrics. He worked at Thames Hospital, Angelsea Clinic in Hamilton, and also practised at Manukau before returning to the Waikato to work at TAMC. His professional interests are minor surgery, skin cancers and sports medicine.

    Tama has a young family and outside work is interested in powerlifting, crossfit, and playing music.