The Nursing Education and Research Foundation was set up in 1968.
Its origins can be traced back to a memorial fund established to commemorate the life and work of Flora J Cameron OBE (former Director, Division of Nursing) who died in 1966.
At that time money was donated by New Zealand nurses as a memorial to Flora and so NZNA built on this to establish a larger and more permanent fund to provide New Zealand nurses with travel grants, scholarships and other assistance to enhance opportunities for continuing education and professional development.
Since then there has been a number of bequests/donations to NERF. NERF supports nurses and midwives and students of nursing with grants & scholarships.
All activities of NERF are controlled by a Trust Deed. The Deed is managed by a Board of Trustees of 7 people including 4 NZNO Representatives, 1 member of NERF Associates, 1 lay person and 1 person with business experience. NZNO provides all administrative support.
Some of the trusts we administer include:
Nursing Education and Research Foundation Board of Trustees, 2011/2012
Back row (left to right): Veronique Gibbons (NZNO Member), Mark Speer (Management Accounts), Aroha Beck (Lay Rep), Jill Clendon (NERF Secretary), Alan Brown (Deceased 2012), Melinda Jordan (NERF Member)
Front row (left to right): Margaret Bazley (NERF Patron), Maureen Laws (NERF Associates), Kerri Nuku (NZNO Member), Nano Tunnicliff (NERF Chair)
2012 NERF Board of Trustees
||Nano Tunnicliff (NERF Chair & NZNO President)
Kerri Nuku (Kaiwhakahaere, Te Runanga)
Veronique Gibbons (Nursing Research Section Rep)
||Dame Margaret Bazley
|NERF Admin Support:
|Coordinators of NERF Associates:
||Kevin O'Neill (NZNO Business Services Manager)
||Mark Speer (NZNO Management Accountant)
How to Join
The Annual Subscription is $30 (many members give a donation as well). Less than a dollar of this goes towards administrative costs and the rest goes straight to supporting nurses and nursing research. There is also a corporate subscription of $250 and individual life membership of $1,000.
Members receive three newsletters a year to keep them informed of NERF's activities.
NZNO & NERF & GHH Scholarships/Grants 2011 Information (PDF 144KB)
List of available grants and awards (link)
Application forms are only accessible to NZNO Members.
For more information or an application form please contact:
Scholarhips and Grants
Level 3, Willbank Court
57 Willis Street
PO Box 2128
Ph: 04 499 9533
Fax: 04 382 9993