Created by unions - for Members, not profit.
As a union owned co-operative, we continue to have benevolence and strong union values entrenched in our DNA, it is who we are. So have a look at our story to find out when and why we started, our vision, mission and core values.
On this page, you also can read more about our union owners, who our Board members are, more information about our Annual Reports and our partners who provide our member services.
It's good to stay true
Integrity is central to everything we do. We give every member the information they need to make informed decisions that are right for them - and we stand behind the spirit, not just the letter, of any promise of support that we make. And we never forget that it’s our members we are working for - not ourselves.
It's good to act fairly
Our actions serve all members… not a favoured few. As a Benevolent Society, our first principle is to look for ways we can do more for members in need - not less. A commitment to fair dealings and fair outcomes defines the actions we take… the services we provide… and the partners we choose.
It's good to be clear
We are open and transparent in our language - and our processes. We don’t mislead, sugar-coat or exaggerate. Our goal is always for our members to understand the value - and the limits - of every support or service that we offer.
It's good to stand together
Being stronger as a collective, is our reason to exist. Created by unions, we use the collective strength of our members, to secure better outcomes for us all - in our insurance, and in the added services we provide. We give choice to individuals - but the same choices, to all.
It's good to respect all
With a collective focus, we champion the rights of all. Equity of access, of benefit and of voice, is a top priority both for our organisation and team, reflecting our diverse base of members. We recognise and lean into our role in celebrating and strenghening the religious, ethnic and gender diversity in NZ - and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
It's good to look forward
Our environment is our future - and we ensure our actions protect it. We actively look to minimise the impact of our actions on our natural world and ensure that we consider future generations, in the decisions we make today.
Chair / Board Member
Darrell worked as a teacher and principal in various Southland schools from 1971 until 2002. He became an EBS subscriber as a trainee teacher in 1968. Darrell was an elected member of NZEI’s National Executive from 1990 until 2002. This included the role of National President and director of Education House Ltd. From 2002 until his retirement in 2012 he was employed by NZEI Te Riu Roa as Assistant Secretary at the National Office. In 2015 he was awarded Life Membership of NZEI Te Riu Roa.
Darrell has been a member of the Board since 2011. He brings to the board significant education union knowledge, leadership experience and a broad union network.
Deputy Chair / Board Member
Samantha Stephen oversees the support operations of the Tertiary Education Union Te Hautu Kahurangi o Aotearoa, managing a team essential to the smooth running of the organisation.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Waikato, Samantha spent several years working in a community-based role for a non-profit organisation that offered preventative and rehabilitative support to offenders and their whanāu.
Samantha went on to work in events management where for nine years she was part of a team responsible for organising an annual event attended by over 45,000 New Zealanders.
Samantha is an accomplished people manager and brings to the board a detail-oriented, problem-solving approach.
Member / Board Member
Benedict has been a member of PSA since he commenced work in Local Government 20 years ago. He has held many elected roles with the PSA, including being elected to the PSA Executive Board in 2008 - 2012, and setting up the PSA Youth network in 2010. In 2016 Benedict was again elected to the Executive Board and in 2020 was elected as President of the PSA.
"I am proud of the outcomes that Health Care Plus offers to union members and am keen to help drive this organization through good governance."
Member / Board Member
Allan Vester recently retired as being Principal of Edgewater College a role that he held for 23 years.
Allan continues to be a strong supporter of the PPTA and has been a member of EBS now HealthCarePlus since 2000. Allan believes that HealthCarePlus provides the members of PPTA with a very valuable service.
By being on the Board, Allan sees the opportunity to contribute to ensuring that the work that HealthCarePlus does, and the benefit that work confers on members is maximised. The Board does this by ensuring effective corporate governance and by ensuring we operate in a professional yet cost effective way.
Independent Board Member
Kristen Thompson is a lawyer with a background in employment, health and safety, and personal injury law, predominantly acting for unions and injured workers.
She has previously worked as a litigator and advisor to a number of not-for-profit incorporated societies and charities.
She has also worked as a health and safety policy analyst for the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. She sits on a number of other boards, including Worksafe Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa, the New Zealand Institute of Safety Manangement, and the Inspired Kindergarten Association.
Independent Board Member
I guide investors on their journey to meeting their objectives with specific reference to meeting obligations and managing risks. This involves ensuring that good governance structures and fit-for-purpose policies are in place.
I have served a very diverse range of investors in the private, public and philanthropic sectors, including not-for-profit entities, Crown Financial Institutions, superannuation schemes and KiwiSaver providers.
Partnering with you to achieve financial success is my passion!
In this section you can find the Education Benevolent Society Incorporated’s (trading as HealthCarePlus) Annual Reports including it’s Financial Statements and Governance.