Hutt City Health Centres was established in April 2010 in response to a critical shortage of primary care in our Hutt Valley community. We have since enrolled over 11,800 patients in two locations, Hutt Central and Wainuiomata. Our role continues to grow.

We have a commitment as a teaching practice for medical and nursing students, post graduate trainees and registrars as well as providing continuing medical education for our own staff. Our local hospital is Hutt Hospital, managed by Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs.

Our premises

In 2014 our Hutt City Central practice outgrew our initial High Street premises and moved into a new purpose-built Medical Centre at 5 Raroa Road. This has allowed us to expand the health services we offer you and provide attractive surrounds for our patients. Our new building is one of the safest in Lower Hutt, built to post-Christchurch seismic, construction and fire codes.

Also in 2013 we took over a Medical Centre in Wainuiomata, which is now located at 5 Fitzherbert Road. ‘Wainui’ is a very special place with its own character, friendly people and a true sense of community. We are fortunate to be part of it. In 2016 we took over Fitzherbert Medical and have relocated our Wainuiomata practice to 5 Fitzherbert Road.

Our goals

Being the best we can for those within our care remains our goal. We take this seriously.

In the future we will continue to focus on initiatives that provide improvements in healthcare for Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata. We want to educate, encourage and support our patients to achieve healthy lifestyles and live healthy lives.

Our promise

We are committed to not only treating you when you are unwell or injured but also to keeping you well. We endeavour to provide a high standard of services focusing on your health and wellness.

Enrol with us - currently our books are closed

If you have moved and are looking to enrol with a doctor, contact our friendly receptionist. We would love to welcome you to the Hutt City Health Centre community.

Our People


Practice Manager
Raewyn Montgomery

Clinical Director
Dr Sandy Dawson

Nurse Manager
Paula Hobman

Nursing Team

  • Beatrice Ekwo
  • Raylene Patterson
  • Sarah Therkleson
  • Zoe Gubb

Administration Team

  • Paige Divers Admin Team Leader
  • Tracy Kellock
  • Colette Short
  • Chloe Farmer
  • Monica Chin
  • Alison Spurgeon
  • Tracy Williams

Dr Sandy Dawson

Sandy is a GP with special interests in heart disease, diabetes, and gastroenterology. He is a GP trainer and very committed to supporting the wider health system for people in the Hutt Valley. He enjoys being a GP most of all the various roles in his career, but has also been a specialist in occupational and public health medicine. He has worked in Hutt Hospital emergency department, and still has a regular gastroscopy clinic at Hutt Hospital. You may seem him riding his motorbike when the weather is good, and he is an active member of the Wellington Gliding Club when weather and workload permit.

Dr Liz Hemmingsen

I was raised on a farm in Blenheim then attended Otago University where I completed a BSc and then MBChb (Medical training) - Graduating in 2006. read more...

I did the majority of my hospital training in Lower Hutt Hospital doing a variety of jobs from medical to plastics and general surgery to cardiology and pediatrics. I also completed some time in Wellington Hospital doing an Emergency Department rotation and then a Medical Oncology Registrar job which I really enjoyed.

I left hospital medicine when we had our daughter in 2011. We now have 2 children (age 7 and 3) and I cherish the time I get to spend with them - it gives me immense joy to watch them grow up. My other hobbies include baking and travel. I also dabble (relatively unsuccessfully) in a bit of gardening when the weather allows.

GP has always appealed for me as a career I valued the relationship GP's have with patients. I enjoy helping patients navigate through their health journey. I especially enjoy family medicine including fertility, antenatal care and then postnatal/pediatrics. I love watching the children grow and supporting them and their parents through the challenges that can arise.

Dr Paul McMenamin

Born in Glasgow. Graduated from Aberdeen University in 2005. Trained and Worked as a GP in the south west of England before moving to New Zealand with his wife and two daughters in 2016. Special interest in chronic disease management.

Dr Balram Dhillon

Born In Malaysia, completed a degree in Radiography in Australia and Bachelors of Medicine. Interest - Family medicine, dermatology and minor surgery. Skills - Speak Multiple Languages (Hindi, Punjabi, English, Indonesian, Malaysian) and build rapport easily with my patients

Dr Kelvin DeGinder

Kelvin brings 45 years of international medical training and experience to our team. He completed postgraduate pediatric training at Los Angeles County Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Hospital followed by aerospace medicine and flight training with the United States Navy. After completing military service in the Pacific as a Flight Surgeon Kelvin practiced family medicine and travel medicine for 20 years in Hawaii before 3 years additional industrial medicine, emergency trauma and dive chamber experience at a government project on a remote Pacific island. He and his wife Haunani moved to New Zealand in 2003 where he qualified as a Rural Hospital GP and has served in clinics and rural hospitals from Kaitaia all the way south to Wellington, which he describes as his favorite place in New Zealand. When asked which part of his experience he currently enjoys the most, Kelvin always answers... "Pediatrics - I really love working with the tamariki" He describes his second love as travel and adventure medicine, where he applies his experience at remote overseas locations, high altitude, and diving medicine.

Dr Nigel Gray

Educated in the UK, graduating from the University of Leeds in 1987, Nigel has subsequently worked and travelled extensively in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. He remains a committed Generalist, proud of his training and experience in the Specialty of General Practice and its unparalleled position within Primary Health Care. It is this passion which has driven his single special interest within the field, that of Education, to the extent of a twenty year career as a Supervisor, approaching fifteen as a Medical Educator and the Director position of the GP Training Programme in the Northern Territory of Australia immediately prior to his departure from that country. Nigel is also a dedicated family man himself, recognising the incomparable support his wife and four children have provided as he has pursued his professional ambitions.

Dr Magda Erasmus

I started my working career by completing my medical degree in South Africa. I worked in South Africa as an intern in the emergency department dealing with serious injuries and medical emergencies as well as doing as doing pediatric and internal medicine care. Subsequently, I spent a year in the UK working as a senior house officer in internal medicine at the The Royal Gloucester Infirmary. read more...

I also worked as a resident medical officer at The Newcastle under Nuffield Hospital focusing on oncology and post-surgical patients. Following my return to South Africa I continued my career at my own private practice for a number of years. I worked mainly as a family doctor but also had the opportunity to assist in theatre for general and orthopaedic surgeons, a urologist and gynaecologists. It was at this time that I developed a special interest in managing weight where a nurse and I ran cooking and exercise classes for people who could not afford to attend any of the commercially available weight loss programs.

As a family, we decided in 2006 to immigrate to Canada where I worked for the last 12 years as a GP. Being the only female GP in a large rural area in the province of Alberta, I expanded my career interest in women’s health. I held women’s health clinics on Saturday mornings where I would screen for cervical cancer, discussed sexual transmitted diseases and breast health (this was especially for working women and women who had male GP’s). I particularly liked treating menopausal women as this is often unknown territory in a women’s health journey. I even prescribed bio-identical hormone replacement, knowing full well what a controversial subject this is in conventional medicine but I feel strongly that women have the right to make informed decisions regarding their health. In Canada pregnant women are taken care of by their family doctor until 20-24 weeks, this was a particular rewarding part of my job as I then would become the baby’s family doctor after delivery. Another gratifying part of working in rural Alberta is to get to treat/manage health of up to 4 generations of one family. This gives wonderful insight in taking a family history. I attended many training sessions in what is known in NZ as appearance medicine, being able to give Botox and different types of fillers to enhance any person’s natural beauty. This was something I came to enjoy very much as it is so different from practising general medicine. I am also passionate about people’s mental health as I know how underserved these patients are when it comes to accessibility to mental health services

In the time that I have been working in NZ, I sense there is as great a need for more services here as in the rest of the world. In Canada I served for many years on the board of The Primary Care Network where I was part of a multidisciplinary team treating and managing patient’s chronic health conditions, including mental health. I was also a clinical educator for 4 year medical students doing their rotation in rural medicine.

I am blessed to have 2 adult children, a wonderful supportive partner and when I’m not working I love to read and travel.

Dr Lillian Mendez

I graduated from the University of Auckland in 2005 and gained my fellowship from the Royal New Zealand college of general practice in 2014. I love general practice and getting to know my patients and their families. I enjoy knitting, gardening and spending time with family. 

I also worked as a resident medical officer at The Newcastle under Nuffield Hospital focusing on oncology and post-surgical patients. Following my return to South Africa I continued my career at my own private practice for a number of years. I worked mainly as a family doctor but also had the opportunity to assist in theatre for general and orthopaedic surgeons, a urologist and gynaecologists. It was at this time that I developed a special interest in managing weight where a nurse and I ran cooking and exercise classes for people who could not afford to attend any of the commercially available weight loss programs.

As a family, we decided in 2006 to immigrate to Canada where I worked for the last 12 years as a GP. Being the only female GP in a large rural area in the province of Alberta, I expanded my career interest in women’s health. I held women’s health clinics on Saturday mornings where I would screen for cervical cancer, discussed sexual transmitted diseases and breast health (this was especially for working women and women who had male GP’s). I particularly liked treating menopausal women as this is often unknown territory in a women’s health journey. I even prescribed bio-identical hormone replacement, knowing full well what a controversial subject this is in conventional medicine but I feel strongly that women have the right to make informed decisions regarding their health. In Canada pregnant women are taken care of by their family doctor until 20-24 weeks, this was a particular rewarding part of my job as I then would become the baby’s family doctor after delivery. Another gratifying part of working in rural Alberta is to get to treat/manage health of up to 4 generations of one family. This gives wonderful insight in taking a family history. I attended many training sessions in what is known in NZ as appearance medicine, being able to give Botox and different types of fillers to enhance any person’s natural beauty. This was something I came to enjoy very much as it is so different from practising general medicine. I am also passionate about people’s mental health as I know how underserved these patients are when it comes to accessibility to mental health services

In the time that I have been working in NZ, I sense there is as great a need for more services here as in the rest of the world. In Canada I served for many years on the board of The Primary Care Network where I was part of a multidisciplinary team treating and managing patient’s chronic health conditions, including mental health. I was also a clinical educator for 4 year medical students doing their rotation in rural medicine.

I am blessed to have 2 adult children, a wonderful supportive partner and when I’m not working I love to read and travel.

Dr John Kusel

I grew up in Wainuiomata in the 60’s/ 70’s and did all my schooling there finishing with the old original Wainuiomata college. It was, and I imagine still is a great place to grow up. This very likely has a lot to do with my love of our great outdoors. read more...

I graduated in 1986 from University of Otago school of medicine and gained my specialist GP Fellowship in 2003 and have worked in a variety of past roles:

Principal / partner Silverstream Medical Center, contracting Doctor to NZ Defence force, contracting Doctor to Dept of Corrections, contracting Doctor to NZRFU providing urgent on site/field medical care to players in the wellington sevens tournament until it was shifted to its current Hamilton venue.

My current roles are provision of Forensic medical services to NZ Police and for the past 10 years locum senior Dr to the Emergency Department at Hutt Hospital.

My particular professional interests are Emergency/ acute medicine and trauma.

  • Forensic Medicine
  • Family based holistic medical care
  • The General practice / Emergency medicine interface with timely access to acute care
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • and Musculoskeletal/ Sports medicine.

I am married, my wife is a pharmacist and keen outdoors person – we have 2 grown up children - one of whom has followed my path into medicine and is currently an orthopaedic registrar – my other child has just finished an agri commerce degree at Massey

We live on a small farm with 2 hyperactive dogs, cattle and sheep. It keeps us busy but we love it.

I have a love of tramping, fishing,diving ,wildlife photography and exploring our great outdoors – my joints creak alot more and the hills seem to get higher each year . we are truly fortunate to live in paradise!!

Locum Doctor

Dr Annie Judkins