Te Poari o Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa, NZNO

Te Poari membership includes the Kaiwhakahaere, Tumu Whakarae and regional representatives. Te Poari regional representation is on a regional basis. Representatives are elected into position by the regional Te Rūnanga membership.


Te Poari o Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa "Ko Tāku Manawa Ko Tāu Manawa"

Te Poari o Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa

Back Row: Tina Konia, Kelly Beckett-McDonald, Lizzy Kepa-Henry, Margaret Hand, Titihuia Pakeho, Mairi Lucas, Anamaria Watene, Kerri Nuku, Keelan Ransfield, Ruth Te Rangi
Front Row: Shannon Lake-Ta'amilo, Tracy Black, Tamarah Thomason-Tata, Tracey Morgan


Te Poari, the Committee of Te Rūnanga, shall support the Board by working in partnership to achieve NZNO strategic aims in giving effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi and by working with the Board to give full recognition to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of July 2000 between Te Rūnanga and the NZNO.

Te Poari shall:

  • assist NZNO to ensure its processes reflect Tikanga Māori;
  • assist NZNO to uphold Tikanga Māori within NZNO;
  • undertake the election process for Kaiwhakahaere, and Tumu whakarae in accordance to Tikanga process, and other Te Rūnanga representative appointments as appropriate;
  • articulate Te Rūnanga  regional issues to the Board;
  • assist NZNO where appropriate to ensure it is responsive to the needs of Te Rūnanga and member issues;
  • support the education and professional development in Tikanga Māori practice within the organisation; and
  • use its best endeavors to ensure the relationship between the NZNO and Te Rūnanga is founded on and is carried on in accordance with Kawa.

Membership: Te Poari o Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa membership shall be appointed at the Rūnanga Hui a Tau and shall consist of up to 17 regional representatives, and the Kaiwhakahaere and Tumu whakarae and Kaumātua.  

The quorum for meetings shall be six, one of whom shall be the Kaiwhakahaere or in his/her absence, the Tumu whakarae.

The Board shall establish a Te Poari Charter detailing Te Poari’s objectives, responsibilities, and operations.



Kerri Nuku

Kerri Nuku

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Tai

Kerri represents NZNO at regional, national levels and at international forums such as the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the South Pacific Nurses Forum (SPNF) and at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM).  Kerri was a member of the Ministry of Health delegation at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Kerri is a member of Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa and was proud to host on behalf of Te Rūnanga NZNO with the Tobacco Control Nurses a luncheon at ICN congress in Melbourne to lobby for Smokefree changes for nurses. Kerri is a member of the Hawkes Bay District Health Board Māori Relationship Board and Komiti member of Maungaharuru Tangitū Trust.

Kerri continues her professional development in Human Rights advocacy, governance, health management, and nursing leadership in the community.

Tumu Whakarae

Titihuia Pakeho

Titihuia Pakeho

Ngai Te Rangi

Ko Titihuia tētahi o ngā neehi i roto i te whare kaupapa o te hohipera o Tauranga Moana. Ko te whare kaupapa te whare Māori noa iho i Aotearoa. Tekau mā ono ngā neehi Māori hoki, e mahi ana i roto i te whare kaupapa o te hohipera o Tauranga. Tokorima ngā tamariki o Titihuia. Tokoono ōna mokopuna.

Te Tai Tokerau Representative

Moana Teiho

Moana Teiho

Tāmaki Makaurau - Greater Auckland Representative



Midlands Representative

Tracey Morgan

Tracey Morgan

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 currently works for Raukawa Charitable Trust. 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 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 Tamariki Ora.

Bay of Plenty/Tairāwhiti Representative

Anamaria Watene

Anamaria Watene

Ko Kopukairua toku Maunga

Ko Waitao toku Awa

Ka rere e ia ki toku Tahuna o nga Papaka o Rangataua

Ko toku Moana ko Te Awanui

Puta noa ki toku maunga matua ko Mauao

Ko Ngaiterangi toku Iwi

Ko Nga Potiki toku Hapu

Ko Tahuwhakatiki toku Marae

Ko Mataauta te Waka

Ko Anamaria Watene toku ingoa

Kei Tauranga Moana e noho ana

Ko taku mahi ko te Pou Tapuhi I roto I te Whare Kaupapa kei te Hauora a Toi i Tauranga Moana.

No reira tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

Hawkes Bay/Te Matau a Māui Representative

Tina Konia

Tina Konia

Ko Haokitaha tōku maunga

Ko Maringi-a-wai tōku awa

Ko Kourakino tōku whare

Ko Te Papakainga tōku marae

Ko Ngati Koura tōku hapû

Ko Ngai Tuhoe tōku iwi

Ko Te Ngahuru tōku rangatira

Ko Mataatua tōku waka

Ko Tina Konia tāku ingoa.

I have worked at Hawkes Bay DHB for 7 years, first completing the BN at Eastern Institute of Technology.

  • 2012 I was a NetP recipient A1 Renal and Respiratory HBDHB. 
  • 2014 I became a NZNO workplace delegate and completed Postgrad Cert.
  • 2015 - 2016 I was CLN for Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) HBDHB & EIT
  • 2016 - to date, I now work in HBDHB emergency department which I am a NZNO workplace delegate.

Central Representative

Tracy Haddon

Tracy Haddon

Greater Wellington Representative

Lizzy Kepa-Henry

Lizzy Kepa-Henry

Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa, Tūhoe

Lizzy completed her NET- P (New Entrant to Practice) in Ward 5 North - Oncology, Haematology & Stem Transplant. Lizzy is currently employed with Regional Public Health, Hutt Valley DHB as a Public Health Nurse. She provides on-the-spot interventions to clients of the Ministry of Social Development Work and Income’s third biggest Community Link Centre (Porirua). Lizzy is also employed with Capital & Coast DHB’s Nursing Bureau, thus maintaining her clinical bedside skill. Shealso works for Health Care NZ Duty Calls Nursing Bureau, where she fulfils her nursing passion in palliation and oncology nursing.

Lizzy is passionate about the collaboration of services that navigate a way forward to improve Māori health outcomes. An example of this is when Lizzy was a community representative on the Māori Partnership Board. She played an active governance role with each DHB, formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding between 2008-2013. Lizzy believes the relationship helped reduce health inequalities and improved the health outcomes of Māori people within the Wairarapa and the Hutt Valley region. As the Greater Wellington representative, Lizzy believes all Māori Health Workforce development outcomes need to be guided, challenged, supported and well represented at local, regional, national and international levels.

Top of the South Representative



Te Tai o Poutini Representative



Canterbury Representative

Ruth Te Rangi

Ruth Te Rangi

Ngāti Apa, Ngā Rauru

Ruth currently works as an aged care caregiver for the Golden Health group and continues to work casually with the RNA Nursing.

Ruth represents NZNO on the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) Womens Council and she is Te Poari representative on the CTU Te Rūnanga o Ngā Kaimahi Māori. Ruth’s passion is kapa haka, learning waiata, haka, and mōteatea, and her mokopuna.

Southern Representative

Charleen Waddell

Charleen Waddell

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 toku ingoa


I have worked full time in various nursing positions mainly in primary health, Practice Nurse at Bluff Medical Centre, Māori Health providers and PHO Community Linkage over the last 20 years.  I am also 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 wellbeing for Whanau.

Te Rūnanga Tauira Chair

Kimmel Manning

Kimmel Manning

Te Rūnanga Tauira Vice Chair

Lucinda Solomon

Lucinda Solomon
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