Our Doctors

Te Hiku Hauora GP Clinic Doctors

Norma Nehren, MD, FRNZCGP General Practice, Te Hiku Hauora GP Clinic

“Practising medicine is the best job in the world. I enjoy working with people of all ages, supporting the whole family while helping them make decisions that impact their health now and for the future.”

Dr. Nehren earned her medical degree in 1993 from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed an additional three year residency and is board-certified in family medicine. After several years of working as medical director of a large community health center in Oregon, she decided to move to paradise and work in Kaitaia.

In 2013, Norma completed her New Zealand Fellowship with the Royal NZ College of GPs. Her areas of special interest include women’s health, headache management, and diabetes care.

In her free time, Dr. Nehren enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as hiking, squash, photography, music and computers.

Cecil Williams, MB ChB, FRNZCGP General Practice, Te Hiku Hauora GP Clinic

“I am committed to providing a high standard of medical care to everyone in the Far North.”

Dr Williams is an expatriate of South Africa who received his medical degree from the University of Pretoria.

After coming to New Zealand he worked in Kaitaia Hospital for two years before moving to Hamilton. Dr Williams returned to Kaitaia to work in private practice before joining Te Hiku Hauora in February 2008.

He has a special interest in sport injuries and has a post graduate diploma in Sports medicine from the University of Auckland. He has also completed hyperbaric and dive medical certificates and is the designated doctor for diving medical examinations for the Far North.

He completed his Fellowship in 2014.

Pawan Sethi MB, BS 1974 AIIMS Bachelor Of Medicine, Bachelor Of Surgery General Practice, Te Hiku Hauora GP Clinic

“The two passions of my life are medicine and travel. I am fortunate that I get to do both here in this beautiful country.”

After getting his medical degree from All India Institute Of Medical Sciences from New Delhi, India in 1973 he moved to Chicago, USA in 1974. He did one year residency in General Surgery followed by three year residency in Family Practice. He joined the residency teaching program at Cook County Hospital with the rank of Assistant Professor at Rush Medical University. Dr. Sethi has trained over 250 post graduate Family Physicians during his career. While teaching he started his private practice in Chicago.

The opportunity for change came knocking in the form of Te Hiku Hauora, which he and his wife Achal could not resist. In January 2018 he became a part of the team of GPs at the clinic. “I am looking forward to provide excellent medical care to all our patients in the clinic”

In his spare time he enjoys travelling, photography, reading and watching movies.

Te Hiku Hauora Mamaru GP Clinic

Tara Piech, MD, General Practice, Mamaru Clinic

Tara Piech, MD, General Practice, Mamaru Clinic
“Dr Tara say’s this was a good choice for me and my family, being a doctor has its challenges but it is a very rewarding career. My day is spent directly helping others and trying to positively impact their quality of life.”

Tara was born in 1970 in California. She grew up in Peterborough, England from age 4 and considers this her home. She joined the US Air Force in 1988 and spent 4 years enlisted. In 1993 she attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology in 1996.

Tara graduated with an MD from Uniformed Service University in 2000 then did a 3 year residency program in Family Medicine. She was an Air Force doctor for 15 years until 2015 when she retired. She then deployed to Iraq in 2006 and Qatar in 2011. We lived in North Carolina and Germany during that time she married Craig in 1998 and they have a son Evan.

They moved to New Zealand in August 2015 and became permanent residents a year later. We are building a home in Hihi and plan to settle down here.

Kathy Bakke, MD, FRNZCGP General Practice, Kaitaia Health Centre

Dr Kathy Bakke joined Te Hiku Hauora in 2009 after moving here from Oregon, USA.

She joined us after having practiced in the United States as a board certified Family Physician since completion of her residency program in Kansas City Missouri. She graduated from Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland Oregon and completed her New Zealand Fellowship with the Royal NZ College of GPs in 2013.

Kathy has been involved in physician education, holding the rank of Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Sciences University. She has been active in leadership roles in her hospital as well as with the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. Kathy has given presentations on physician education both in Oregon and nationally in the United States.

Kathy and her family are permanent residents in New Zealand. They enjoy sailing and fishing.

When not working, Kathy likes to spend time with her family, walking on the beach and playing with her dog.

Peter deWolfe, MD, General Practice, Kaitaia Health Centre

Peter started at Te Hiku with Kaitaia Health Centre in September 2016. He specifically chose to work in the Far North for a few reasons. First of all there is a tremendous need for GPs here.

He also liked the rural setting of Kaitaia and wanted to learn about the Maori culture and work with the Maori people. My wife Lisa and I liked the first eight months so much that we recently got a two-year visa so you are stuck with me for a little bit longer. Lisa has also enjoyed volunteering for Te Hiku and living in the Far North.

Peter has been working in family practice for the last 22 years. Before that he worked in emergency medicine for eight years. He has a specific interest in healthy lifestyle, diet, exercise and preventative medicine. Peter also likes doing minor surgical procedures of which there were plenty here in the far north with the sun exposure and skin cancers.

He graduated from Kent State University in 1976. Then taught high school for a year and then went to medical school at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio. Worked a one-year in general surgery internship and then worked in a very small town in southern Utah by a Native American Indian reservation for two years. After that experience Peter decided to go into family practice and become a GP. He’s also done some international medicine in Central America in Belize and Honduras and also in the Himalayan Mountains in India.

Dr Peter’s hobbies include most outdoor activities. He enjoys jogging, biking, tramping, sailing, tennis and ice hockey. When he goes home he loves working outside taking care of his farm in Maine.

He’s very happy to be working here in the Far North.“It has been a great experience so far and my wife and I look forward to spending another couple years here. Thanks for making this such a great experience for us.”