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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 a 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.

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.

Staff GPs

  • andyvonbiel

    Dr Andy von Biel

    BSc, MBCHB, DipObst, FRNZCGP

    Andy was born in the USA and moved to Christchurch as a child.

    He has been at Te Awamutu Medical Centre since 1986 working in all areas of general practice, with special interest in minor surgery and vasectomy.

    Andy likes to keep fit and tries to run at least one half marathon annually, is a keen skier and tops it all off at the gym!

    He is closely involved in the local Te Awamutu community and the Waipa/King Country Life Education Trust. Andy is married to Amanda and they have an adult daughter and son.

  • 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.

  • 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.