Membership Committee

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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



Sandra Corbett

Chair, 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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Shannon Lake

Greater Auckland Regional Representative

Pohatu Te MaungaWaikaremoana Te AwaMataatua Te WakaTatahuata me Waikerikeri Nga MaraeNo Ruatahuna Ki Ruatoki AhauTuhoe Te Iwi

I am mum and grandmother and love spending time out and about in the outdoors with my family. I love cooking, baking and reading and especially love entertaining.

I am a registered Māori nurse working at Counties Manukau Health in plastics and reconstructive surgery. I have recently completed my post graduate certificate and am now looking at starting my diploma in nursing in 2016.

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Carol Friend

Bay of Plenty/Tairāwhiti Regional Representative

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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

Top of the South Regional Representative

Joan is a Registered Nurse employed in the Nelson Hospital AT&R Unit with the Nelso Marlborough DHB. She is Delegate for the AT&R Unit, and a member of Top of the South Regional Council.

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Deborah Urquhart

Canterbury Regional Representative

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Robyn Hewlett

Southern Regional Representative

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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)


Victoria Santos

College and Section Representative

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Grant Brookes


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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Membership Committee Documents

Membership Committee Charter (PDF, 215KB)

Role Description (PDF, 189KB)

Members can also log in to read:

  • Membership Committee Report, 2016-08 (PDF, 311KB)
  • Membership Committee DRAFT Work Plan 2016-09 (PDF, 437KB)

You'll need your NZNO membership number to log in. If you can't find your number call NZNO on 0800 28 38 48 during office hours.