Meet the Committee

NZNO Nurse Managers New Zealand National Committee Members


Back row: Shamim Chagani, Teresa Fisher, Jeni Palmer, Wendy Blair
Front row: Sarah Tweedale (Chair), Itayi Mapanda, Monique Toes-Rouse
Absent: Maria Armstrong

A bit about us

Sarah Tweedale - Chairperson

Sarah is Dunedin Hospital's Charge Duty Manager. Originally from the UK and with a background in respiratory and HDU nursing, Sarah emigrated to New Zealand with her family in 2001.

After 11 years in respiratory and emergency nursing in Dunedin, Sarah's growing interest in health systems and front-line leadership led to her ongoing study: a Masters in Health Service Management through Massey University and a Front Line Management course through CPIT.

Sarah is looking forward to raising awareness of the amazing work Nurse Managers do throughout New Zealand, and also shining a spotlight on the daily challenges they face in their dynamic working environment.

Monique Toes-Rouse - Secretary

Monique has been Duty Manager at Tauranga Hospital since 2000. Prior to this she worked at Waikato in ICU for four years, then helped to set up the Clinical Support Nurse role before being seconded into the Duty Manager role. Monique has been a Nurse Managers section member for many years and joined

Jeni Palmer - Committee Member

Jeni is a Clinical Nurse Manager of a surgical ward at Tauranga Hospital.  Jeni has worked in general surgery, ENT, cardio-thoraic surgery/HDU, gynaecology and breast surgery in public and private hosptials in New Zealand and the UK,  Jeni has been nursing for over 30 years.  Sh eis currently completing a Masters of Nursing.

Itayi Mapanda -  Committee Member

Itayi is a Clinical Nurse Manager for Public Health, Community and Rural health services at the Whanganui District Health Board.  She has worked for the WDHB for over 14 years in a variety of management and nursing leadership roles in acute and rural health settings, planning and funding, public health and community services.  Itayi is one of the internationally trained nurses within the NZ health sector, originally from Zimbabwe and is pleased to be part of the NZ NZNO Nurse Managers section. She holds a Master of Public Health Degree from Adelaide University, Bachelor of Science Nursing from the University of Zimbabwe, Diplomas in Midwifery, Intensive care/Coronary Care, Nurse Education, Registered Nurse and a post-graduate certificate in managerial finance from Massey University. Itayi’s nursing, clinical, leadership and managerial experiences span over 45 years in different countries and in a variety of health and research institutions.

Shamim Chagani - Newsletter Editor

Shamim is a Charge Nurse Manager based at Manukau Surgery Centre, Counties Manukau Health. She graduated in 1996 and migrated to New Zealand in 2001.

Shamim’s experience includes Emergency Nursing and General Surgical nursing. After 12 years, she moved to an educator role and then progressed to CNM in 2010. She continued her studies and completed Masters of Management in Health Service Management in 2014.

She also served as a member with Ministry of Health, Health & Disability Ethics committee for four years. She also worked on couple of projects with Health Quality and Safety Commission NZ, which includes Partners in care & Opioids induced harm.

According to Shamim, Nurse Managers play a pivotal role in shaping the future and The NZNO Nurse Manager forum is an ideal platform.


Teresea Fisher  - Treasurer

Teresa has been a Duty Nurse Manager at Gisborne hospital since 2005, becoming a member of the section soon after that. Her background is in ICU/CCU and flight nursing, completing postgraduate studies in critical care nursing and nursing leadership. She is an NZNO workplace delegate and has been for over 30 years. 

Teresa is a founding (2015) committee member of a local Gisborne group, the Nurses and Midwives of Tairawhiti (NAMOT). This group’s purpose is to celebrate and promote nurses and midwives in our region, acknowledging achievements and service, hosting awards events twice a year and being involved in other community events. The group is funded through membership and some sponsorship and fundraising, completely separate from the DHB. Having been part of organising the national nurse managers conference in Gisborne in 2016, Teresa felt that joining the national Nurse Managers Section Committee would be a great opportunity to help promote the section and raise awareness of the challenges nurse managers face daily, and also to promote and encourage the next generation who will become our successors.

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