- Our Team

We are very lucky to have such a dedicated team of doctors and nurses at Amberley Medical Centre. Most of our team also live locally and appreciate the importance of a reliable rural medical service.

Our Team

Dr Rex Yule

Dr Rex Yule

I have lived and worked in Amberley for over 32 years and over this time, my wife Susan and I have had the pleasure of raising our three grown-up children in this wonderful community.


During my career, I have assisted medical research whilst working in Antarctica, worked frequently as a Locum in the Chatham Islands and Australia and also worked for the Flying Doctor Service in Australia.


I am passionate about providing excellent health care to our rural community and have specialist training in Paediatrics, Gynae and Obstetrics. I also have a special interest in Palliative Care & Emergency Medicine.


I have been teaching medical students, 3rd year, 6th year and Registrars for the last 25 years as part of their General Practice training and also act as Supervisor for overseas Doctors as part of their New Zealand registration requirements.


I love working in a medical centre with like-minded colleagues who are also committed to maintaining and developing coordinated health care services.


Dr Chris Vodde

Dr Chris Vodde

I was born and raised in Alkmaar, Holland and studied medicine in Belgium. I joined the Dutch Army in 2001 and served as an Army Doctor on a mission in Aghanistan in 2007. Following that I worked as a surgical and A&E Doctor.


From 2008 to 2010 I undertook training to become a General Practitioner and worked in Antwerp for Child and Family Health, mainly involving preventative checks and immunisation.


I moved to Amberley in 2012 with my wife Jungwha and our two young children. I am enjoying the rural lifestyle and my role as rural GP and PRIME responder in the Amberley Community.


Dr Clinton Newbury

Dr Clinton Newbury

After graduating from Unitec in 1994 with an associate degree in Architecture, I worked for Team New Zealand in their successful 1995 America’s Cup challenge as a draftsman and sailor. I then moved to San Diego for six years where I worked on the design of America’s Cup class yachts for Dennis Conner. During this period I also designed and sailed on several racing yachts including boats for Mr Disney, the owner of the Walt Disney Corporation. In 2009 a New Zealand owned 100 foot super maxi, Alfa Romeo, that I helped design won the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.


In 2004 I moved back to New Zealand to study medicine at the University of Auckland where I graduated in 2009. During my training I also worked as a volunteer Paramedic with St John. After working as an ENT and Cardiothoracic Registrar in Wellington, I joined the GP training program. In 2012 I moved to Christchurch to be part of the re-build and now work as a GP Registrar at Moorhouse Medical as well as Amberley Medical Centre. I have a particular interest in Minor Surgery, Vasectomies and Dermoscopy.


In my spare time I am learning to play polo and enjoy getting out on my mountain bike, exploring the hills around Christchurch.


Dr. Sarah George

Dr. Sarah George

I have just moved to North Canterbury from the UK. My partner Charlie and I decided to move to New Zealand after I worked here 5 years ago, and loved it.


I've been a doctor 8 years now, specialising in General Practice 3 years ago. I am excited to be working in a rural medical centre and am particularly looking forward to being part of a team. I want to get to know the community and build relationships so that I can give my patients a holistic approach to their health care. I have a strong interest in palliative care and am looking forward to building my experience.


Charlie and I both Windsurf, hike and enjoy being active outdoors. I am an avid runner, I've completed few half marathons and hope to do a full marathon soon.

Dr Rebecca Craw

Dr Rebecca Craw

Kia ora, my name is Rebecca Craw and I am very excited to begin my GP career in North Canterbury. It is a privilege to join the team at the Amberley Medical Centre. Despite growing up in the city of Tauranga I have always been a country girl at heart and have close connections to my Grandparents’ Sheep and Beef farm in Central Hawkes Bay. I also rode horses throughout high school and competed in the National Eventing circuit. I made the big move to the South Island for my university studies and after meeting my Cantabrian husband have never looked back North! I developed a passion for rural health while at medical school and hope to contribute to this field throughout my career. In my spare time I love to explore the outdoors and go backcountry tramping. Or you might find me on the closest beach with a good book. I thoroughly look forward to meeting as many people from the community as possible over the next 6 months and perhaps in my future practice as a GP.

Chris Long

Chris Long – Nurse Manager

I have lived and worked in the community for the last 25 years & love the scope and challenge that the delivery of rural primary health care brings to nursing practice. I have an enduring zest and enthusiasm for life and all it has to offer. Over a long and varied nursing career I have developed a huge interest in all aspects of health and wellbeing. I have a particular interest in access to services for rural communities and respiratory health.


In 2013 I took the opportunity to become involved in the ownership of Amberley Medical Centre. As Director and Nurse Manager, I am enjoying the opportunity to develop nurse-led services and create a new model of collaborative service delivery to meet the needs of rural communities. At Amberley Medical Centre our philosophy is about working together to maximise the skills and resources of our Clinical team to ensure an excellent health service.


Mary Foster

Mary Foster – Practice Nurse

I am a long-time resident of the Hurunui District. My five children were born and raised in the area. I have a strong connection with the community having worked at Waikari Hospital and as a District Nurse and now as a Practice Nurse at Amberley Medical Centre.


I am passionate about providing a rural health service that meets the needs of rural people and this is why I have become involved in the ownership of Amberley Medical Centre.


Mental Health is of special interest to me and I have been training in a Diploma of Psychosythesis counselling over the last three years. This has complimented my nursing practice and also benefitted my own personal growth. I believe that physical, mental and emotional health are deeply entwined and need to be treated in an integrated and holistic manner and this is how I approach my practice as a nurse.


Katie Croft

Katie Croft – Practice Nurse

I am a country girl, having lived in the Hurunui most of my life. I live with my two young daughters and husband and as well as my role as Practice Nurse, I am also actively involved in life on our farm.


I have worked at Amberley Medical Centre for the past ten years and have a particular interest in Heart Health, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Diabetes Care. I developed our successful Cardiac Rehab group in Amberley in association with the Heart Foundation (Christchurch Hospital). This is a community based service supporting patients in the Hurunui District following their heart surgery and for those with heart disease.


Lesley Askin

Lesley Askin – Practice Nurse

I enjoy the many facets of the Practice Nurse role with every day being different. I have a particular interest in Mental Health and wellbeing and also skin lesions, wounds and their treatment.


The richness of family and friends keeps me on track in the triumphs and challenges of my life. My creative edge is satisfied by making music and performing and I also find great pleasure in good food and a great tasting beer after a long walk in our beautiful district.


Lucy Batchelor

Lucy Batchelor – Practice Nurse

I first started Practice Nursing in 1992 while living in Milton, South Otago for five years. When we moved to the Greta Valley in 1997 I took some time off nursing to raise our four young children. After completing a Return to Nursing course and then worked at the CACI Clinic in Christchurch for three years becoming an Advanced Appearance Medicine Nurse, working with Botox and Dermal Fillers and Laser Tattoo removal.


I was then lucky enough to begin working as a Casual Practice Nurse at Amberley which developed into a permanent role. I love all aspects of Primary Health Care; in particular Childhood Immunisations, Travel Vaccines and Women’s Health and Trauma Nursing.


Sarah Collin

Sarah Collin – Practice Nurse

I live on a sheep and beef farm in Culverden with my fiancé and baby Hank. I have been a Practice Nurse since September 2014 after the arrival of my baby and relieving at the Medical Centre throughout 2015. I’m excited to be joining the team permanently and look forward to working in the area of women’s and children’s health in particular.


Janet Murray

Janet Murray – Practice Nurse

I have lived and worked in this district most of my life. While farming is a big part of my life , I have worked in several medical practices as well as Christchurch and Waikari hospitals.


With permanent hours now at the Amberley Medical Centre I am enjoying the team approach to rural healthcare.


Kylie Robson

Kylie Robson – Registered Nurse

I’ve just moved back to New Zealand with my 10 year old son. We are both excited to be living in North Canterbury.

I’ve been nursing for the past 20 years and it has taken me across Australia. I’ve had many fantastic experiences; working in the Northern Territory, in Military Bases, with IVF Patients and for the past few years into a NSW super clinic.

I love all aspects of nursing and I look forward to being part of the Amberley Medical Centre team and the community.

Admin Team

Denise Cope

Denise Cope – Practice Manager

Jennie McWhannell

Jennie McWhannell – Finance Administrator

Annie Coles

Annie Coles – Receptionist

Tania Meeten

Tania Meeten – Receptionist



Jayne Sidey

Jayne Sidey – Receptionist

Annie Holmes

Annie Holmes – Receptionist