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Northland ENT has always involved the public hospital practitioners since the 1950s. Initially Mr Wilson and Mr Gathercole were sole practitioners. In 1992 Mr. Seeley joined the practice. 

The Kowhai Court practice offers adequate parking and easy wheelchair access, and is equipped with modern technology including medical photography, otomicroscopy, flexible fiberoptic endoscopy, radio frequency treatment and a fully equipped minor theatre.

Patients will be greeted by our practice manager, medical typist or one of our three nurses.


Mr Chris Seeley M.B.Ch.B.  F.R.A.C.S. General Otolaryngologist

Chris graduated from the University of Otago and completed his training in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in 1991.  His postgraduate training was in the University Hospital of Wales.

Since his return he has been appointed as an ENT Consultant at Whangarei Hospital.  He is involved in the management of all general otolaryngeal disorders with a special interest in allergy, nose and sinus disorders, snoring, OSA assessment and skin malignancy. 

The Northland ENT Department which he has been a part of for 20 years continues to have a leading reputation in undergraduate teaching, registrar training, GP liaison and service and patient satisfaction.


Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery (ENT) is also known as Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.  This area of medicine is concerned with disorders of the ear, nose, throat, the head and the neck.

ENT Surgeons (or otorhinolaryngologists) are specialist doctors who deal with medical and surgical treatment of conditions of the ears, nose, throat and structures of the head and neck.


Referral Expectations

Referral to the practice can be made by: e-mail, mail, telephone or fax.

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Otology (Ear) Tests

    Audiometry is the electronic testing of hearing ability.  You will sit in a special room wearing earphones and be asked to respond when you hear a noise through the earphones.  These tests can measure your hearing levels as well as other aspects of hearing such as the ability to recognise… More

  • Otitis Media

    This is inflammation or infection of your middle ear (the space behind your eardrum) and is often associated with a build-up of fluid in your middle ear.… More

  • Otosclerosis

    When the growth of one of the tiny bones in your middle ear, the stapes, changes from hard to soft and spongy, it leads to the condition called otosclerosis.… More

  • Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss can be divided into two types: conductive hearing loss (caused by some sort of mechanical problem in the external or middle ear) or sensorineural hearing loss (caused by disorders of the inner ear, hearing nerve or associated brain structures).… More

  • Acoustic Neuroma

    This is a slow-growing, benign (non-cancerous) overgrowth of tissue on the nerves that affect your hearing and balance.… More

  • Meniere's Disease

    Meniere's disease is a disorder in which there is an abnormality in the fluids of the inner ear resulting in increased pressure in the inner ear.… More

  • Sinusitis

    In the facial bones surrounding your nose, there are four pairs of hollow air spaces known as sinuses or sinus cavities.… More

  • Snoring

    Snoring is the harsh rattling noise made by some people when they sleep.… More

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

    When snoring is interrupted by episodes of totally obstructed breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnoea.… More

  • Rhinitis

    Rhinitis is the inflammation of the lining of the nose (nasal mucosa).… More

  • Tonsillitis

    Your tonsils are the oval-shaped lumps of tissue that lie on both sides of the back of the throat.… More

  • Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

    If you find it difficult to pass food or liquid from your mouth to your stomach, you may have a swallowing disorder or dysphagia.… More

  • Hoarseness

    Hoarseness can be described as abnormal voice changes that make your voice sound raspy and strained and higher or lower or louder or quieter than normal.… More


Free patient parking is provided to the front of the Kowhai Court building.

Contact Details

Suites 3 & 4
Kowhai Court
27 Rust Avenue
Whangarei 0110

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Suites 3 & 4
Kowhai Court
27 Rust Avenue
Whangarei 0110

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Suites 3 & 4
Kowhai Court
27 Rust Avenue
Whangarei 0110

This page was last updated at 1:19PM on May 8, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland Ear, Nose and Throat.