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Nurses face challenges everyday in their practice. These challenges can be considered from many world views or lenses, for example te Tiriti o Waitangi, equity, parity, gender, ethical, professional, legal, ecological, personal, or political and many more.
Nurses, midwives, health care assistants and other health care workers use critical thinking to problem-solve and then act, in a health system that is not fit for purpose. In doing so we challenge ourselves to find solutions that we can use to solve the problems and we become well versed in looking outside the square to find those solutions.
No matter where we work, NZNO members face similar challenges in their work environment. Many of these challenges relate to just getting through our work day, in a work environment controlled and led by others.
Over the last year, NZNO members have started to rise up and stand up to those who continue to ask us all to do more with less, with little recognition, respect, or recompense. NZNO members have shown that they are pushing back, not just for appropriate conditions and pay but to change the health, safety, and wellbeing of their patients, families, whānau, communities and the nation.
We are doing that by disrupting the status quo. We are fighting back to realise our Maranga Mai goals, and to develop a new way of seeing the role of the nurse. How we shape the role of the nurse going forward will prepare us to meet the challenges of today and the future, through leadership, challenge and change. Together we will be the change we want to see.
Anne is working hard on Maranga Mai 5 fixes. Particularly she is advocating for nurse patient ratio legislation to protect the health and safety of our members and those they care for, in every sector of the health system.
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Tai
Kerri has extensive background in the health sector as both a Registered Nurse and Midwife including her current role as the Kaiwhakahaere of Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa, New Zealand Nurses Organisation representing 57,000 members (nurses, midwives, kaimahi hauora, and tauira) including 3,800 Māori members, a position she has held fulltime since 2013.
Kerri’s knowledge and experience in the health sector includes nursing, midwifery, policy development, auditing, management and governance and as a member of the ICN Audit and Risk Committee.
Kerri is a strategist and thinker with governance experience and knowledge. Kerri has worked on the International Council of Nurses, Global Nurses United, and South Pacific Nurses Forum and the World Health Organisation (WHO), Human Resources for Health project
Her advocacy for Workers’ Rights, specifically pay parity for the workforce within the Māori and Iwi Provider sector as evident in the Human Rights Commission report “A fair go for all”. As a collaborator in the United Nations Universal Periodic Review, the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, shadow report and the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
As an active advocate and published researcher, her national and international accomplishments have seen her present interventions at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019) protecting freedoms and right of indigenous peoples. While leading several legal challenges, the Kaupapa Health Services enquiry, Mana Wahine claims and Oranga Tamariki under urgency.
Kerri is proud to be an Honorary Member of Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa, New Zealand Nurses Organisation.
Rob is one of New Zealand’s leading professional directors, with more than 40 years’ experience in capital markets and as director and advisor to local and international businesses and organisations.
He is committed to seeing Aotearoa take a leadership role in the field of emissions lowering energy innovation and commercialisation, and is passionate about improving diversity and inclusion, promoting sustainability as a core value, and creating equality in the organisations he is involved with.
Trained as an economist and holding degrees of BA (Hons)(1st) and M.Phil. (Economics) Rob joined the union movement in the 1970s and became a member of the Federation of Labour and Labour Party executives.
Rob is the Chancellor of Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau (Auckland University of Technology), Chair of Ara Ake, Chair of NZ Rural Land Co, and Advisor to BBM.
He has served as the Chair of various private companies and public organisations including Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd, Summerset Group Ltd, Tourism Holdings Ltd, and WEL Networks Ltd.
In 2019, Rob was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors (CFinstD). He was recognised as a Distinguished Alumni of Victoria University (Te Herenga Waka) in 2019.
Paul Goulter has an extensive career in the trade union movement.
In 2022 he changed roles and is now the CEO of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation 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. Paul was a Director of the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ Education and Campaign Centre, based in Sydney before his shift back to New Zealand.
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.
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko wai au?
Ko Maungataniwha te Maunga
Ko Tāpapa te Awa
Ko Ngātokimatawhauroa te Waka
Ko Mangamuka Marae te Marae
Ko Ngāpuhi te Iwi
Ko Rangi Blackmoore – Tufi ahau
Rangi completed her nursing degree in Te Matau a Māui (Hawkes Bay) at Te Aho a Māui (Eastern Institution of Technology). She moved to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) to start her nursing career which began in Rehab stroke under the NETP program.
She decided she wanted to become more specialised, this is where she began her career in the perioperative department. Whilst working in the perioperative department, Rangi identified and experienced culturally unsafe practice. She wrote an article based on lived experiences “A safe environment for Māori patients, starts with a safe environment for Māori Nurses” which highlights the isolation and tokenism Māori nurses experience.
This article was published in the NZNO perioperative journal and generated the first letter to the editor in 5 years. Rangi also won best article of the year at the Perioperative Nurses conference 2022 Christchurch and the article has since been republished in Kai Tiaki 2023.
Rangi is now employed as a Kaiārahi Nāhi Clinical Nurse Specialist under the Māori health team working with Māori patients on the planned care pathway awaiting surgery. She is one of two proxies for the Tāmaki Makaurau region for Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa.
Ngāi Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu, me Ngāpuhi
Ko te manu kai i te miro nōnā te ngahere,
Ko te manu e kai i te matauranga nōnā te Ao,
Ka torotika tana arō ki te Ao, me ona piki me ngā heke me ngā mānuka ka whakatakotoria e te marea i mua i te aroaro.
He kaimahi ā Tracy mō tōna hāpori me te hōhipera hoki ko tāna tūrana he nēhi mō ngā kaupapa Māori otira mō ngā tamariki o Te Whatu Ora hauora o toi mai ngā kuri ā whārei ki tihirau, otira he pouako tauira nēhi Māori mō Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. He maha tonu nā pūkenga kākākura ā Tracy e mau ana i waenganui i Tōputanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki ō Aotearoa, me tana hāpori whānui me tana whānau hoki. Ko tōna wawata, ko te hohou i te rongo ā te Iwi Māori kia haere nā tahi ai i ngā wā katoa i runga i te whakāro kotahi ki eke panuku ki ōna taumata tiketike.
He tino pirangi ā Tracy ki te tangata ahakoa ko wai, ko tōna ngākau nui ki te awhi ia ratau te hunga e hiahia ana, he taenga ano tā Tracy ki te whakaatu ki te tangata ki na pūkenga kei roto ano ia ratau tonu kia rite ki tā te tangata tino rongonui. E ki mai tetahi tangata rongonui, Kare he kākākura e hanga, aoinake, engari he hanga rangatira mō āpōpō.
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Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko Ōtaki te Awa
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Raukawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Kapumanawhiti te Hapu
Ko Bonnie Maehaere tōku ingoa
Bonnie is from a small town on the Kapiti Coast called Ōtaki known for the leadership of the great Te Raupahara. It is also the home of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, and several historic buildings and churches.
Bonnie is a registered nurse with a passion for Māori Health. Trained in cardiology as her speciality before advancing into Māori focused nursing roles including Nurse Educator Māori, Mobile Primary Health Care Nursing for an Iwi Provider and Clinical Lead for the Iwi Engagement Team during the COVID Pandemic. More recently she held the role of Associate Director of Nursing for Māori Health at Midcentral Hospital contributing to the strategic work of Midcentral, leading the Māori nursing workforce development and contributing to the elimination of inequities for our Māori communities and improving Māori Health Outcomes.
Bonnie was appointed to the new role of Regional Clinical Lead for Te Whatu Ora in March 2023. This role supports the Chief Nursing Officer to ensure excellence in a quality nursing model of care, practice, and professional conduct. She is responsible for working collaboratively across the region and with Te Whatu Ora to contribute to the development of a package of measures building on increased safety and support in clinical care, and the leadership and implementation of clinical projects and transformation work programmes. She leads and supports initiatives that deliver excellence in core hauora Māori clinical practice in alignment with the elimination of equities for Māori whānau.
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