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Keelan joined the NZNO as a Physic Assistant while working at Kimberly Hospital in Levin.
I attended the Te Runanga o Aotearoa, NZNO, Hui-a-Tau in 2006 at Omaka Marae in Blenheim, on my return home after that hui I became the Central Region Delegate.
In 2009 the elected Tumu Whakarae stood down from the role after 6 months and I was elected into that role as Interim Tumu Whakarae and sat on the Board during this time.
In 2012 I was voted into the role proper as the elected Tumu Whakarae for TR and held the position until 2015. On stepping down from Te Poari I was asked to fill the role of Kaumatua for the NZNO which I still currently hold.
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Ko Maungakahia toku maunga
Ko whangawehi toku awa
Ko Kurahaupo toku waka
Ko Kaiuku, Tuahuru, mea Nga Hau e Wha ki Murihiku oku marae
Ko Rongomaiwahine, Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu, Ngati Kahangunu oku iwi
Ko Charleen Waddell toku ingoa
I have worked full time in various nursing positions mainly in primary health, Māori Health providers and PHO Community Linkage over the last 20+ years. I am employed currently as a Clinical Nurse Specialist-Diabetes at Southland Hospital since 2010. Recently have been involved in development of Diabetes Foot Clinic and Local Diabetes Team. I am also involved in our local marae whanau. I have an interest for equity, improved health outcomes and well being for Whanau. In 2020 during covid lockdown released to work fulltime in Bluff Medical Centre and also have continued in 2021 to vaccinate for Iwi providers, Marae and rural settings across Murihiku.
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Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann
“Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann MNZM J.P has played a significant role in changing the nature of health education and health practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Has helped change how we understand and interact with others from diverse communities, notably in relation to Pacific communities and fa’afafine, transgender and gay and lesbian communities. His contribution has been truly transformational.
He was one the first Registered Comprehensive Nurses from a Pacific community in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Karl was born in Samoa. Came to NZ in 1959.Holds the Ali’i or High Chief title of Fuimaono from Salani, Falealili in Samoa.
Karl is a well-known and highly respected fa’afafine, a matua or elder of the community.
He has shown extraordinary leadership, compassion, and care, always with strong emphasis on human rights and equity and has helped redefine nursing.”
Source: On the graduation at Massey University in the degree of Doctor of Health (Honoris Causa) delivered by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Spoonley. 2 June 2022.
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E rangi, e papa konei ngā uri o ngā waka e toru e
Ko Aotea, Kura’aupo, Tokomaru e
W’akarongo ake ai, ki nga ‘au ‘e wini raro, ‘e kawe ana I ngā mate o te iwi e.
Kia tū, kia tū, ki te ta’a tika ra.
Kia eke pānuku, kia eke o Tangaroa e.
Mouri ora ki a tātou
Ko Taranaki te mounga
Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Waingongoro te awa
Ko Ngarongo te Marae
Ko Ngati Ruanui me Ngaruahinerangi nga iwi
Ko Arauukuku te hapu
Ko Kathryn Chapman tōku ingoa.
I started my studies in Rotorua at Waiariki in 2010. Upon graduating I struggled to find mahi as a nurse in Rotorua and did part-time in wound management for 6 months before moving back to my home town in Auckland to look after my sick grandfather. I then worked as a support worker until an interview with Turuki Health where I joined the manakidz Rheumatic fever prevention programme in Māngere schools. I had been there for 4 years before moving into a role as Youth Health Team lead in Alternative education, this also included Teen parenting units and Wharekura and clinical nurse adviser for Manakidz at National Hauora Coalition (NHC māori PHO). Two days into my new role Covid and Lock down had happened.
During the covid-19 outbreak I have been redeployed into many different areas to help fill in when staff have either burnt out or are overloaded with work. The work that I have completed in this space are as followed:
Flu Vaccinations in the home in 2020 (Waikato NHC), Swabbing nurse at Multiple testing stations (South Auckland and central Auckland), Help set a drive through vaccination site and Cold Chain Lead (Papakura Marae), Was then called upon to help and be apart of the Maori Covid-19 response unit called Pae Ora (Auckland) reaching our most vulnarable, transient and “hard to reach” whānau. Helped with vaccinating from Kaitaia to Waikato with an amazing bunch of māori nurses.
Māori health and the health of my people is what drives my passion for nursing in the community.
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Lorraine Hetaraka (Tapuika, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Kahu) joined the Ministry of Health in 2022. Prior to this she was the Chief Executive of Te Arawa Whānau Ora.
Lorraine has made a significant contribution to Māori and other high-needs populations’ wellbeing in the communities this organisation supports.
Lorraine has a strong clinical and academic background in nursing leadership. She started her career as a registered nurse and then progressed into roles as a Nursing Leader and Nursing Director accountable for strategy, workforce planning, policy and primary health care delivery. This included working for the National Hauora Coalition and Procare Health and Homecare Medical. She was also joint Associate Director of Nursing: Māori at Auckland District Health Board and the University of Auckland for four years.
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Lyndy McIntyre first joined a union in 1970, was a Printers Union delegate in a number of sites throughout the 1980s and became a union organiser for the Northern Hotel and Hospital Workers Union in 1990.
Since then Lyndy has worked for a range of unions in Aotearoa and Australia in industrial, campaigning and media roles. In the early 2000s Lyndy worked for NZNO as a media and campaigns advisor and played a role in the DHB MECA 'Fair Pay Because We’re Worth It' campaign.
Lyndy was involved in the launching of the Living Wage Movement and worked for five years as a community campaigner for Living Wage Movement Aotearoa NZ.
A proud life member of E tū, Lyndy is now writing a book on the story of the Living Wage Movement.
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Margie Apa is Chief Executive of Health New Zealand, the government’s new centralised national health organisation. She has more than two decades of health-sector leadership experience, previously serving as CEO of Counties Manukau District Health Board.
Before becoming CEO of Counties Manukau District Health Board, Margie was Director of Population Health and Strategy at the district health board. She is the first Samoan to lead a district health board in New Zealand and has also served as Deputy Director-General Sector Capability and Implementation at the Ministry of Health. In December 2021 she was named as Chief Executive of Health New Zealand, which is set to come into operation on 1 July 2022.
Margie graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in management and employment relations, and also has a Master of Public Administration (Executive) from Victoria University of Wellington.
She has been on the Board of World Vision New Zealand since 2011 and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2019. She is also a Trustee of the Middlemore Foundation for Health Innovation, Middlemore Clinical Trials and Lifeline Foundation Charitable Trust.
Margie is an active member of the Pacific Island Presbyterian community and carries the honorific title Fepulea’i from her family village of Sale’aula, Savai’I in Samoa.
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Maria Tutahi Chair for Midlands
Hōkai tū tapuwae
Ki runga o Nga Taumata te maunga
Whakahirahira o aku tīpuna
Kua ngaro i te ao nei!
Tauheke atu ki Ohinemataroa
Te wai kaukau o ngā mātua tīpuna!
Kia tū tangata whenua ahau ki tōku marae ko Tauarau!
Tu mai e kui Rongokarae, te mana tawhito o tua whakarere!
Te tari o te ora Rangimahana tena koe!
Ngati Rongo taku mana, taku ihi!
Ko Tuhoe he pou whenua, he pou tangata!
Kei wareware kei rite ki, te he o Rona
Mataatua te waka! Ko Toroa te tangata o runga!
Ka tauha kai te whare!
“Tuhoe moumou kai, moumou taonga, moumou tangata I te po!”
Chair for Midlands, Maria Tutahi is a Registered Nurse at Waikato Hospital in the Regional Renal Dialysis Unit (Haemodialysis), she is one of 9 Māori nurses employed in that area. Maria came late to nursing, and completed her tohu of Bachelor of Health Science Nursing Māori at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in 2018.
Maria’s passion is to provide holistically essential care incorporating all pou from the Te Raukotahi Maori Health Model. This health model was created especially for the Nursing Programme Te Ohanga Mataora at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi where she graduated in 2018. The basis of the program are Te Reo, Tikanga and Te Ao Maori. She is an advocate for her patients in all aspects of their healthcare. She is on the Florence Nightingale Memorial Fund Assessment Committee Member and Nursing Research Section Committee.
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Mikey Brenndorfer RN MHPrac (he/they) is a Youth Health Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner Intern working for Te Puna Manawa - HealthWEST in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Mikey is a member of the executive committee for OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health Council. OraTaiao a group of health professionals highlighting the negative health impacts of climate change and the positive health co-benefits of climate action, as well as advocating for the centring of health equity in government policies related to climate change. Through OraTaiao Mikey has worked to organise submission on climate change issues from a health perspective, and helped create an election guide after analysing political parties policies of around the combination of health and climate change. Mikey has a long history of involvement in climate change activism, which once involved organising and leading a protest of 500+ people on bikes. Mikey is also passionate about climate change as a youth health issue, both in terms of the negative impacts climate change is already having on youth mental health, but also the positive youth development outcomes associated from involving young people in climate change activism. Mikey feels that nurses are uniquely situated to lend our voices to the calls for climate justice and health equity.
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Paul Goulter has an extensive career in the trade union movement.
He was a Director of the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ Education and Campaign Centre, based in Sydney before returning to New Zealand and taking on the role of CEO of the New Zealand Nurses Association Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa.
Prior to this he was the National Secretary of NZEI Te Riu Roa, New Zealand’s largest education union, for 13 years.
Previously, Paul spent 20 years in the finance sector union Finsec (now First Union), including nine years as General Secretary, before he became Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) for three years from 2000.
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Riana Manuel (Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Kahungunu)
Chief Executive/Tumu Whakarae
Riana’s previous role was Chief Executive Officer of Hauraki Primary Health Organisation and Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki. She has invested heavily in developing strategic, visionary leadership within the Māori and health sectors, and been involved with Kaupapa Māori organisations for most of her career.
Ko Riana Manuel taku ingoa
Ko Moehau kei waho
Ko Te aroha ki uta
Ko Hauraki te Whenua
Ko Tikapa te Moana
No Te Awaawa o Manaia toku ūkaipo
Ko Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Kahungunu oku Iwi
Ko Mataatua, Tainui, Takitimu oku waka
I am a village girl and have spent my whole career working to improve the outcomes for our people here in Aotearoa.
I am a registered nurse by trade and have enjoyed a career that has seen me work across many different parts of the sector developing strong relationships as I go.I am a daughter to two of the best parents one could have asked for, a wife to an amazing husband, a mother to my beautiful tamariki, a nanny (which is by far my favourite role), a sister, and an aunty to many.
I am deeply committed to improving the health of wellbeing of my people and believe in doing so it will impact positively on the health and wellbeing of our great country, Aotearoa.
Ma te kahukura, ka rere te manu.
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I am a first generation born, Pacific person, with Fijian, Tongan and Greek whakapapa, I grew up in Te Puke, which sits within the Iwi of Tapuika which is where my four children have strong whakapapa ties. This is where I first worked as a Nurse with an Iwi organisation, later moving to work as a Plunket Nurse and then moved into academic roles at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Waiariki Institute of Technology and Manukau Institute of Technology. Most recently, I lead workforce development at Auckland South Corrections Facility.
Currently I am Head of Nursing Pacific at Whitireia which over the last 17 years has graduated over 370 Pacific Nurses, who have significantly contributed to the health workforce to better meet the needs of Pacific People and communities. My passion is supporting access to education programmes for Maori and Pacific peoples, as a means to transform individuals, whanau and communities.
I am currently working on my PhD, looking at culturally strategies that support Maori and Pacific with Diabetes to better health outcomes, in doing this I have developed the Tangata Hourua (Combined People) research framework draws from Kaupapa Māori and Pacific methodologies and values to uphold the rights of Indigenous Māori to have their knowledge and culture embedded in research undertaken in their lands, whilst also giving voice to Pacific peoples living here and with shared or connected whakapapa.
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Tina Konia RN, PG Health Science
He uri au mai Ngai Tūhoe, Ngati Porou me Ngāpuhi, Nēhi ohorere, Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa.
“Nursing is a power house of unlimited possibilities, our potential spans many fields - law, business, marketing, the Arts and beyond”.
Tina completed undergraduate Nursing training at EIT a decade ago then taking post in a Medical Ward at Hawkes Bay Fallen Soldiers Hospital. A natural ability to guide, mentor and willingness to preceptor students 2013 she took on a role as clinical liaison nurse medical - HBDHB/ EIT Dedicated Education Unit (DEU). 2019 Tina stepped away from clinical to rejoin DEU as the EIT Academic liaison nurse this kept her career medium hot while creating a small army of nurses with a Tina twist.
Tina became a NZNO workplace delegate in 2014, then national delegate representing Te Matau a Maui affirming her advocacy pathway. Tina dove into the 11 herbs and spices of Emergency nursing which elevated her awareness in how entry points to hospitals are experienced. Many facets of medical and emergency nursing intrigues Tina, health justice for whanau became more apparent as a member of Te Runanga and representative of Te Poari 2018-2022. She works collaboratively with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) framing “Manaaki Mana strategy” Tina states this is a conscious effort to intact Te Tiriti o Waitangi for the betterment of our New Zealand Emergency departments.
Tina walks in two worlds – taha maori and taha nursing, Tina constantly takes downloads from both challenging her mind body and testing her soul in more ways than one. Tina is a freelance thinker of the ‘now world’ protector of Whakapapa, implementor of Tino Rangatiratanga. Her superpower is the element of surprise mostly hilarious often grotesque travel stories living life one epic adventure at a time.
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Tracy Black Tapuhi rēhita (RN)
He uri mai Ngai Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu me Ngāpuhi
Ko ngā pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko ngā pae tata, whakamaua kia tina
The potential for tomorrow depends on what we do today.
Tracy embarked on the journey to becoming a registered nurse in 2017 and is a graduate of Te Ōhanga Mataora Bachelor of Health Science Māori Nursing at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in 2019. A new era of nurses that graduated with a dual competency to be clinically and culturally competent to practice. She has continued to pursue knowledge to the greatest depths, completed her PGDip in Health Science at the University of Auckland earlier this year, and continues striving towards her Masters's in Nursing. Currently working for Te Whatu Ora Bay of Plenty as Kaupapa Māori Tāura Tapuhi mo ngā tamariki – Clinical Nurse Specialist (intern) for Māori children.
An active member of Tōputanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa, in 2017 starting her union journey as a member of the National Student Unit and then became a co-leader of the NSU as Te Rūnanga Tauira chairperson from 2018-2019. She became a workplace delegate in 2020 and is currently the Vice-chair for BOP/Tairāwhiri Regional Council and BOP/Tairāwhiri Proxy for Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa. She walks in both worlds, evolving and determined to effect change for future generations.
She is reminded and guided by the richness of our history and the paths that have led us here. We know that our members are the powerhouse that drives the healthcare systems, and we must be advocates for patients, the public, and ourselves. The challenge is to have an inquisitive mind, innovative thoughts and a brave heart and embrace the unexpected. Are you ready to change the narrative and make an impact collectively?
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