Dr Laugesen is a registered specialist in public health medicine, with 36 years experience in tobacco control policy. He was principal medical officer behind the 1990 law which made offices and shops smokefree, and banned the advertising of tobacco products.

In 1995 he founded Health New Zealand Ltd, a consultancy company to reduce heart disease, cancer and smoking, by developing policy, and conducting research for agencies such as: World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Health, non-government societies and private sector firms. He is a co-investigator for several clinical trials at the University of Auckland to test improved methods to stop smoking, and principal investigator for a trial inChristchurch. Dr Laugesen has published over 20 papers in peer- reviewed medical journals.

Dr Laugesen was awarded the WHO Medal in 1998 for the creation of smokefree societies and became a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2000 for public services. He is a former chair (2001-05) and honorary life member of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH NZ). In 2014 he was awarded the Public Health Association’s annual award as Public Health Champion. He also became adjunct professor at the University of Canterbury.

Dr George Laking’s academic qualifications vary from forensic psychiatry to economics to medical oncology.

His memberships reflect an equally wide range, and reflect his Maori ancestry. His particular interest is in respiratory malignancy. He is a past president of the Maori Medical Practitioners Association, and currently a member of PTAC which advises Pharmac on drugs. 

Twitter: @glaking

Chris Bullen is Professor in Public Health and Director of the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland.  He has more than a decade of experience in tobacco control research, with many publications in this area, in particular in smoking cessation. Chris is a member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco,  and a strong advocate for innovation in tobacco control.

Twitter: @DrChrisBullen


Auckland District Health Board


Director, National Institute of
Health Innovation

Stephen began working in tobacco control in 1999 when he started working as a Quitline counsellor. After eighteen months as a phone counsellor Stephen worked on establishing the Quit Cards programme. The Quit Cards programme enabled health professionals, such as nurses, to prescribe nicotine replacement therapies to their clients. In this role Stephen assisted the Heat Foundation and Te Hotu Manawa Maori to deliver training to Quit Card providers. He was also responsible for Quitline’s in house training on therapies for quitting smoking. In 2006 Stephen moved to Hutt Valley DHB to become their
Smoke-free DHB Cooordinator. He spent the first year in this role writing an evaluation of the scope for smoking cessation delivery in hospital. Since then Stephen has become the
ABC Smoking Cessation trainer for primary and secondary care in Hutt Valley,
he has published articles related to his work and he works with Regional Public Health Wellington to deliver policy options that further advance smoking cessation and
tobacco control. 

Trish Fraser was director of ASH NZ from 1997 to 2003, culminating in enactment of the Bill to end indoor smoking in all workplaces and bars, and the award of a WHO trophy to ASH. In 2002 she completed her Master of Public Health thesis on ‘Taking nicotine from tobacco.’ Trish has 23 years of experience in tobacco control a. In 2004 she set up Global Public Health and has worked on tobacco control projects internationally (particularly China), nationally and locally. More recently her focus has been on researching e-cigarettes.

Twitter: @trish_fraser

Director, Global Public Health


Managing Director,
Health New Zealand Ltd


End Smoking NZ is a Charitable Trust established in 2005 as Smokeless NZ. The founding board members were Adjunct Professor Murray Laugesen, Trish Fraser, Professor Julian Crane, and Sir John Scott. Within a couple of years Julian Crane was replaced by Professor Ross McCormick. In 2009, we changed our name to End Smoking NZ to more accurately reflect our goal – to end tobacco smoking in New Zealand. 

Marewa has worked on tobacco control for 23 years.  She was recruited to focus on reducing smoking by Murray when they worked together at the Public Health Commission in 1992. Since then Marewa has held various roles: co-ordinating Māori tobacco control efforts, research and designing stop smoking programmes and founding and directing a dedicated research centre on tobacco control. Marewa is a Co-Director of the New Zealand Tobacco Control Research Tūranga, a programme of research that aimed to identify more rapid innovative methods for achieving New Zealand’s goal to become
the first smokefree nation in the world by 2025. Marewa is an Associate Professor with Massey University’s Research Centre for Māori Health & Development in the College
of Health.

Twitter: @MarewaGlover

Associate Professor, Research Centre for Maori Health & Development, Massey University m.glover@massey.ac.nz

Penny was a senior research scientist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd for many years, becoming increasingly involved in tobacco research from 2006 onwards. She is a biochemist whose expertise is in assessment of biological activities, and has been investigating the possibility that there may be components of tobacco, other than nicotine, which add to nicotine’s addictiveness. This work has involved chemical analysis of smoke components, biological analysis of effects on enzyme activity, and use of an animal model to test directly for addictive effects, in conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington (Professor Susan Schenk and Dr Kathryn Brennan). She has co-supervised an MSc student and two PhD students in tobacco-related research. She now teaches Environmental Health at Massey University, within the School of Public Health.

Senior Lecturer,
Massey University, Wellington


Murray Laugesen and Trish Fraser have stepped down as Trustees as required by the Trust Deed but continue to support the Board as co-opted members.

End smoking NZ receives no funding from Government. From time to time End Smoking members collaborate on research projects funded by external agencies. End Smoking has not knowingly, nor do we intend to, receive funds from tobacco industry sources. Our independence enables us to advocate for the most effective policy and programme changes needed to progress NZ towards its Smokefree future. 

Smokefree DHB Coordinater,
Hutt Valley DHB


For a smokefree
New Zealand by 2025.