Michelle Tanner

  • Committee Member and Champion
  • Rotary Give Every Child A Future (GECAF)

A mother of two adult daughters and married to lawyer Eric, Michelle and her family emigrated from the UK in 2001 and live on a lifestyle block in the Hinuera valley near Matamata.

Michelle has nursed for over 40 years. Initially working in critical care both in South Africa and the UK where she was a senior charge nurse in ICU. In the mid-1990’s she changed career direction working in child health and primary care.

After moving to New Zealand and until her recent retirement, she worked for the Immunisation Advisory Centre at The University of Auckland in multiple roles, all of them providing expert vaccine advice to health care professionals. She supported the COVID vaccine programme both as a vaccinator and an immunisation advisor. Michelle is passionate about protecting children through vaccination.

Michelle joined the Rotary Club of Matamata in 2008 and was President in 2016-17. Her professional background and Rotary’s programme to eradicate polio were a natural fit. She

was soon asked to join the District Foundation Committee and has been the District Polio Chair since 2015. Michelle has visited Pakistan twice; to present at a Rotary polio conference and participate in a range of polio activities. In 2019 she received the Rotary Regional (i.e. Western Pacific) Service Award for a Polio-free World.

When Michelle heard about Rotary Give Every Child a Future (RGECAF) in 2018, she knew she had to be part of this project. She chairs the RGECAF Marketing sub-committee, producing the quarterly newsletter, writing the RGECAF website content and articles for magazines/Rotary websites. She is the District 9930 RGECAF Champion.