ELT Members

You are welcome to contact any one of our ELT team members to discuss hospice business relative to their role.

Biddy Harford

Chief Executive


I have worked with Te Omanga Hospice since 1988, starting as an administrator and becoming Chief Executive in 2000.

I am a passionate supporter of the hospice philosophy and our holistic approach to caring for people. I am privileged to lead a team of passionate people committed to helping those with a terminal or life limiting illness live with dignity and compassion at the end of life.

I served on the Board of Hospice NZ for nine years, two of them as Chairperson of the national hospice association. In this role I was involved in successfully advocating for hospices to receive a greater percentage of their funding from the Government.

I led the project for building our new award winning facility in Lower Hutt, which included the campaign to raise $10 million to complete the project.

In 2010 I was awarded the Weltec Medal, Wellington Institute of Technology, and received the Outstanding Business Citizenship Award at the Bloom Her Businesswoman of the Year. In 2019 I became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to palliative care.

Denise Kramer

Support Services Director


I joined Te Omanga Hospice in February 2019. My role encompasses providing financial, accounting, facilities and technology support to Te Omanga’s Board of Trustees and staff. My focus is ensuring Support Services provides effective solutions and exceptional support to Te Omanga’s team of dedicated staff and volunteers.

Prior to Te Omanga, I have held senior management and financial roles in the professional services sector.

I am proud to be part of the Te Omanga team who provide compassionate care to patients and their families in our community.

Dr Ian Gwynne-Robson

Medical Director


I have been the Medical Director at Te Omanga Hospice since November 2011. I joined the medical team as a Palliative Medicine Specialist in March 2008. I completed my medical degree at the University of Toronto.

I completed my post-graduate training in Family Medicine in Canada where I practiced in Family Medicine and Palliative Care for 10 years before moving to NZ in 2003. I trained as a Palliative Medicine Specialist in New Zealand.

Peter Godden-Steele

Director of Nursing and Clinical Support Services

DipHE, BSC (Hons), MA (Appl) Nursing, GDip Strategic Management

I am a registered nurse with over 15 years’ experience in medical, oncology and haematology, supported by a strong academic background. Prior to this role, I worked as the Inpatient Unit Manager at Te Omanga Hospice for 5 years.

The Te Omanga philosophy of care is important to me. My goal is to ensure that our values are translated into expert care through the skills of the nursing, medical, and family support teams.

I believe that clinical leadership should be demonstrated through role modelling, encouraging quality improvement, and maintaining high standards. We want our patients to feel safe and secure in our care and when they stay with us.