NZNO Nursing Leadership Section, NZNO Tapuhi Mana Whakatipu



Professional providers of clinical management and integral members of the nursing workforce and the health service management team.


The NZNO Nursing Leadership Section, NZNO Tapuhi Mana Whakatipu is a professional section of NZNO dedicated to sound nursing management and leadership to:

  • Positively influence health outcome for patients and families
  • Positively influence nursing infrastructure
  • Provide leadership, support and development for nurses
  • Meet organisational needs
  • The section brings together duty and clinical nurse managers and leaders to foster support, sharing, problem solving, professional development and advocacy.


  • To be the recognised professional NZNO section of all nurse leaders in New Zealand.
  • To recruit nurses practising, identifying with, and/or interested in nursing management and leadership to belong to the NZNO Nursing Leadership Section, NZNO Tapuhi Mana Whakatipu 
  • To practice within the protection, partnership and participation principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • To provide a communications network for all members including regular newsletters, website updates, practive development and dissemination of information on issues pertaining to clinical  and operational management.
  • To liaise with appropriate authorities on social and health issues relevant to clinical and operational management.
  • To encourage, promote and provide the development of educational forums for Nurse Managers.
  • To encourage and support research into nurse management issues.
  • To actively facilitate the ongoing strategic and professional development of nurse managers in conjunction with NZNO and appropriate health authorities.
  • To promote nurse management and increase the profile of nurse managers.
  • To communicate and liaise with other organisations at a national and international level.
  • To support the objectives, policy and activities of NZNO.

Our Logo

In this stylised octopus the eight tentacles represent different dimensions of our diverse roles throughout New Zealand.

  • Leadership
  • Clinical Practice
  • Management and Co-ordination of Services
  • Communication
  • Staff and Resource support
  • Risk Management
  • Bereavement Care
  • Emergency response.

Each tentacle is an integral/interwoven part of the whole. The body and head represent the skills and knowledge required by the roles:

  • ‘Expert’ knowledge and experience
  • Decisive and resourceful problem solvers
  • Ability to prioritise and respond appropriately in stressful situations
  • Sensitive to cultural issues in providing service
  • Ability to listen to others and to communicate in a positive and open manner
  • Proven organisational and leadership skills
  • A fun option to consider

Like the octopus, NZNO Nursing Leadership Section, NZNO Tapuhi Mana Whakatipu members:

  • Need more than one pair of hands to keep your ‘finger of the pulse of the hospital’ and multitask
  • Often work in darkness (after hours duties)
  • Octopodes (like Nurse Managers) learn to problem solve by trial-and-error and experience
  • Once the problem is solved, octopodes remember and are able to solve it and similar problems repeatedly
  • A sense of humour being an essential skill for people in our positions to possess!
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