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NZNO Membership Committee

The NZNO Membership Committee is a standing committee established under clause 23 of the NZNO Constitution. The Committee is accountable to NZNO members and its general purpose is to bring a membership perspective to the Board.

The Committee is made up of one representative from each region, two college and section representatives, and two representatives from the National Student Unit, and the President and Vice President.

The Committee encourages members to contact them with views or concerns they feel should be addressed.

Contact list

Chair - Sandra Corbett

Deputy Chair & Top of the South Region - Joan Knight

President - Grant Brookes

Vice President - Rosemary Minto

Tai Tokerau Region -

Evelyn Hawkins

Greater Auckland Region -

Karnel Singh

Midlands Region -


Bay of Plenty/Tairawhiti Region -

Carol Friend

Hawke’s Bay Region -

Sandra Corbett

Central Region -

Jennie Rae

Greater Wellington Region - 

Lizzy Kepa-Henry

West Coast/Te Tai o Poutini Region -

Liz McGregor

Canterbury Region -

Deborah Urquhart

Southern Region -

Robyn Hewlett

College and Sections -

Emma Brooks, Victoria Santos

National Student Unit -

Phoebe Webster, Samantha Meads

Membership Committee Administrator - 

Rosanne Grillo




Sandra Corbett

Chair - Membership Committee

Hawke's Bay Regional Representative

Of Ngāti Pikiao and Te Arawa Iwi affiliations, currently employed as Kaiwhakahaere (Māori coordinator) for the National Cervical Screening Programme at Hawke’s Bay DHB.

I have been active member and office holder of NZNO since 2000, and an active member of the Hawke’s Bay regional Council. I have served as a representative on Te Rūnanga Executive, NMAC, Board of Directors, Audit and Risk, Governance Leaders Employment Committee (CLEC) committees and presently on the Membership Committee.

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Evelyn Hawkins

Te Tai Tokerau Regional Representative

I am a hospital trained Registered Nurse, currently working at a Private Surgical Hospital. Surgical nursing has been my focus and I've been a member of NZNO for over 40 years.

I have been an active delegate throughout this time, a workplace delegate now for 21 years, and am currently vice-chair of Te Tai Tokerau Regional Council (previously chair).

I believe in common humanity, creativity, compassion, hard work, realism and a sense of fairness.

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Karnel SinghKarnel Singh - Greater Auckland Regional Representative

Greater Auckland Regional Representative

I migrated to New Zealand in late 2000 as a qualified Plumber and Drainlayer. Due to personal reasons I had to leave the trade but still hold a Certified Drainlayers Licence for which I have to renew competencies on a yearly basis.

I have been an NZNO member for 6 years and a workplace delegate for 4 years in ARHOP AT&R at Counties Middlemore; I studied at MIT in South Auckland.

In 2014 I was invited to attend the NZNO Conference and AGM; since then I am now part of the Greater Auckland Regional Council.  I have recently been elected to represent 14,000 Auckland Regional Members to the Membership Committee.

I love what I do and I do my best to help anyone who needs my help.

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Carol Friend

Bay of Plenty/Tairāwhiti Regional Representative

I was brought up in a small King country town called Taumarunui. 

I completed my hospital based training in our local hospital in the early seventies.  I later married and had three children.  In 1983 we moved to Whakatane in the sunny Bay of Plenty; I worked at the Whakatane hospital in various roles culminating in my current duty manager position.

Along the way I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science and a Masters degree in clinical nursing.

I have been an NZNO delegate since 1989, a workplace delegate, hospital convenor, Regional Council member and NMAC representative. 

I currently belong to The JERC (Senior Nurse job evaluation group) and last but not least the BOP/Tairawhiti Membership Committee.

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Jennie Rae

Central Region Representative

I completed my nursing training via Taranaki Polytechnic in 1991 and since have gone on to study in several post-graduate programmes, holding PG Certs in both nursing and business studies. I have also completed a Master of Nursing. My career has been focused around aged care and mental health, having held various positions including roles in quality and management. My current role is Service Co-ordinator Community Mental Health at Taranaki DHB.

I have been an active delegate and member of NZNO for over 15 years being involved in both the professional and industrial arms of the organisation. I am currently a workplace delegate and Chair of Central Regional Council. Previously I have been a member of the Board of Directors, National DHB Sector delegate, National committee member and Chair of the Mental Health Nurses Section, and have been involved in various other groups and committees.

I have a strong sense of social justice and have been involved in not-for-profit community agencies in a voluntary capacity for many years.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening, tramping and travelling!

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Joan Knight

Vice Chair Membership Committee

Top of the South Regional Representative

I am a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse. I trained at Nelson Hospital in the early seventies; now currently working in the Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitiation Unit at Nelson Hospital NMDHB.

I have been a Workplace delegate for the ATR Unit since 2005, a member of the Top of the South Regional Council since 2007, Top of the South Representative for the Membership Committee since 2013 and Chair of NZNO Top of the South Regional Council from 2015.  I'm currently the Vice Chair of the Membership Committee.      

My previous experience within NZNO was the NZNO Workplace Convenor for Nelson Hospital from 2009 to 2015 and on the NZNO Board of Directors as Top of the South Representative from 2011 to 2013.

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Deborah Urquhart

Canterbury Regional Representative

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Robyn Hewlett

Southern Regional Representative

I am the NZNO Southern Region representative for the Membership Committee.

I have been involved extensively within NZNO regionally and nationally since the 1990's where I was a member of the NZNO Board of Directors for 5 years.

Previously a member of the Nursing & Midwifery Advisory Committee (NMAC) for 2 years; Chairperson of the Enrolled Nurse Section NZNO serving 5 and 4 years and Secretary of the Enrolled Nurse Section NZNO.

I was also a Committee member and part of the management committee of NZNO Southern Region Council since the 1990's, I am a Workplace delegate, have been a previous member of DHB Sector Group and currently a member of the DHB/NZNO MECA negotiating team.

I am Chairperson for the Southern Regional Enrolled Nurse Section and liaise with two Polytechnics offering the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing within the Southern Region.

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Emma Brooks

College and Section Representative

I completed my nursing training at Wellington Polytechnic in 1990 and then spent 10 years overseas in the UK and the Middle East working in Endoscopy Nursing. I have been working at CCDHB since 2004 in PACU and Theatres and am currently employed at CCDHB Kenepuru Hospital Operating Theatre Department. I have completed Post Graduate studies in Speciality Perioperative Nursing and Healthcare at Whitieria and Victoria University.

I have been actively involved with the NZNO and the Perioperative Nurses College since 2005. My current college and industry involvement includes:

  • National Treasurer and National Membership Portfolio for NZNO Perioperative Nurses College
  • National Committee Representative and Treasurer for the Wellington Section of Perioperative Nurses College
  • Organising committee for the 2012 National Perioperative Nurses College Conference
  • NZNO Workplace Delegate
  • Member of Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Employee of Capital and Coast DHB
  • Post Graduate Study Advisory Group – Whitieria Tertiary Institute
  • Team Member – Ministry of Health NZ Medical Assistance Team (MOH NZMAT)

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Grant BrookesGrant Brookes, President


Ko Kapukataumahaka te māungaKo Ōwheo te awaKo Cornwall tōku wakaKo Ngā Kaimahi o Te Ao tōku iwiNō Ōtepoti āhauKo Don rāua ko Helen ōku mātuaKo Grant Brookes tōku ingoa.

Originally from Dunedin, Grant studied nursing by the Water of Leith which flows near the foot of Mount Cargill. After graduating from Otago Polytech in 1996 he entered the Mental Health NESP programme at Auckland DHB, where he later helped to establish the Early Intervention Service at Cornwall House. Since 2002, he has worked as a Staff Nurse at Te Whare o Matairangi Mental Health Recovery Unit in Wellington.

Grant has held a number of roles in NZNO, including Workplace Delegate (2002-), Relief Organiser (2010), Convenor of the DHB Sector National Delegates Committee (2012-) and Member of the NZNO Board of Directors (2012-13). As Chair of the NZNO Greater Wellington Regional Council (2010-2013), he was responsible for submissions on professional issues, and he was recently (2014-) elected to the Mental Health Nurses Section Committee.

In addition to his NZNO roles, Grant also represents the NZ Council of Trade Unions on the Board of the Newtown Union Health Service.

Grant has a strong interest in the social determinants of health, and has nursed in Australia and the UK.

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Phoebe Webster

National Student Unit Delegate

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Massey University in my hometown of Wellington, where I am the NZNO NSU delegate. I am the chairperson on the National Student Unit alonside Te Runanga Tauira chairperson. I became involved in NZNO in my first year of nursing study. I am currently involved in the NZNO campaign 'Shout Out For Health' and I hope to continue to be involved with NZNO when I become registered.

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Victoria Santos

College and Section Representative

I am an international Qualified Nurse from the Philippines.  I was registered by the New Zealand Nursing Council in 2007.  I was a maternity and NICU nurse in the Philippines but have a different role now.  I am a Staff Nurse at the Department of Corrections working at the Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility holding the hepatitis and diabetes portfolio.

I have been a member of the NZNO from the time I was doing the Bridging program at Wintec in Hamilton 2007.

I am a representative of NZ College of Primary Health Care and one of the College and Sections Representative of the NZNO Membership Committee.

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Lizzy Kepa-Henry

Greater Wellington Region Representative

I completed my NET-P (new Entrant to Practice) in Ward 5 North - Oncology, Haematology & Stem Transplant.  I am currently employed with Regional Public Health, Hutt Valley DHB as a Public Health Nurse.  I provide on-the-spot interventions to clients of the Ministry of Social Development Work and Income's third biggest Community Link Centre (Porirua). 

I am also employed with Capital & Coast DHB's Nursing Bureau, maintaining my clinical beside skill and also for Health Care NZ Duty Calls Nursing Bureau where I fulfill my nursing passion in palliation and oncology nursing.

I am passionate about the collaboration of services that navigate a way forward to improve Māori health outcomes.  I believe all Māori Health Workforce development outcomes need to be guided, challenged, supporting and well represented at local, regional, national and international levels.

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Membership Committee Documents

Members can also log in to read:

  • Membership Committee Work Plan - June 2017 (PDF, 370KB)

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