2022 NZNO Conference & AGM - Nurses Fronting the Battle for Health

2022 Conference Speakers

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Keelan RansfieldKeelan Ransfield

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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Margie ApiaMargie Apia

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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Mikey BrenndorferMikey Brenndorfer

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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Riana ManuelRiana Manuel

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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Tania MullaneTania Mullane

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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Tracey MorganTania Mullane

Ko Maungatauri tōku maunga

Ko Pokaiwhenua tōku awa

Ko Mangakaretu tōku marae

Ko Ngā hau e maha tōku whare tupuna

Ko Raukawa tōku iwi

Ko Tainui tōku waka

No Putaruru ahau, engari e noho ana ki Ahuriri inaianei

He piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha, taniwha-rau.

Tracey is married with four children and is currently Practice Nurse Manager for a Medical Centre in Rotorua. Tracey started her career as a Kaiawhina for Plunket for eight and a half years, offering support and education to mother and pēpi and whānau before completing her Bachelor of Nursing training.

Tracey has a range of skills in Tamariki Ora, Cervical Screening, Smoking Cessation, CVD Risks, Sexual Health, School Based, Immunisation, and B4School Checks and she has continued her post-graduate study with a Certificate in Primary Health specialising in Tamariki Ora.

Tracey enjoys the autonomy of being an independent practitioner, and a voice for Māori Health.

Tracey is the Midlands Representative for the Te Rūnanga Membership Committee. At June 2022 she is also the newly appointed Primary Health Care Nurses Interim Chair.

Tracey believes Te Rūnanga has been a way forward to help her grow personally and professionally. Her future plans are to be a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Health.

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