NZNO's Joint Leadership

Grant Brookes, President & Kerri Nuku, Kaiwhakahaere

The NZNO leadership positions are based on partnership, with shared oversight responsibilities. This includes such areas as policy and strategy, NZNO’s external relationships, membership groups and networks, co-chairing meetings and being the public face of the board and members.


Grant Brookes, President NZNONZNO President Grant Brookes

Ko Kapukataumahaka te māunga
Ko Ōwheo te awa
Ko Cornwall tōku waka
Ko Ngā Kaimahi o Te Ao tōku iwi
Nō Ōtepoti āhau
Ko Don rāua ko Helen ōku mātua
Ko Grant Brookes tōku ingoa.

Originally from Dunedin, Grant is descended from Scottish ancestors who arrived on board the Cornwall. He 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. From 2002 up until his election as NZNO President in 2015, he worked as a Staff Nurse at Te Whare o Matairangi Mental Health Recovery Unit in Wellington.

Grant previously held a number of roles in NZNO, including Workplace Delegate, Relief Organiser, Convenor of the DHB Sector National Delegates Committee, Member of the Mental Health Nurses Section Committee and Member of the NZNO Board of Directors. As Chair of the NZNO Greater Wellington Regional Council, he was responsible for submissions on a range of professional issues.

In addition to his NZNO roles, Grant also represents the NZ Council of Trade Unions on the Board of the Newtown Union Health Service, which he also chairs. He has stood in local body elections, including as an NZNO-endorsed candidate for the Capital & Coast District Health Board.

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


Kerri Nuku, Kaiwhakahaere NZNOKerri Nuku

Raised in Napier and of Ngāti Kahungunu and Tainui descent, Kerri Nuku is the Kaiwhakahaere for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO). 

Her professional career started as an enrolled nurse before completing her registered comprehensive nurse training through the Hawkes Bay Polytechnic.  Having worked in the maternity area after graduating, Kerri went on to complete her midwifery training in Wellington and eventually took on senior leadership positions including a role as a clinical nurse specialist/team leader.  Kerri finally left the security of the District Health Board and went on to work in the private sector as the New Zealand Director for an International Research Organisation and with another college establishing an independent nursing service before becoming the Kaiwhakahaere.

Kerri believes that nursing is such an exciting profession which offers multiple opportunities for every member to contribute towards achieving optimal health outcomes for individuals, families’ whānau, communities and populations, while also providing nurses with the best opportunity to advocate for our populations.

Kerri lives in the Hawke’s Bay with her whānau and is an active member within her hapu development.


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