Te Poari

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 Members


Kerri Nuku


Tumu Whakarae

Titihuia Pakeho


Tai Tokerau

Margaret Hand

Greater Auckland

Shannon Lake



Hinemotu Douglas



Anamaria Watene

Hawkes Bay/Te Matau a Māui

Tina Konia



Kelly Beckett


Greater Wellington 

Lizzy Kepa-Henry


Top of the South


West Coast



Ruth Te Rangi



Lara Marshall

Te Rūnanga Tauira Chairperson

Katie Le Vievre


Te Rūnanga Tauira Vice-Chairperson

Rebekah Horn



Te Poari Profiles

Kerri Nuku

NZNO Kaiwhakahaere

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.

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Titihuia Pakeho 

Tumu Whakarae

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.

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Margaret Hand

Te Tai Tokerau Regional Representative

Nō Kaihū, nō Tākiwira.  I whai rēhita ahau i taku Tohu Paetahi mō te Tāpuhi i te 1989, ā i whiwhi ahau i taku Tohu Paerua i te 2013.  Kei te mahi ahau i Te Hau Āwhiowhio o Ōtangarei Hauora i roto i te Whāngarei. Ko tōku moemoea, kia whai oranga tōku whānau, ōku hapū, ōku iwi hoki. Ko Margaret Hand ahau.

Margaret Hand works in Whāngarei primary health care in Ōtangarei. She is from Kaihū, Dargaville. Margaret trained at North Tech in 1989.  She completed her Masters of Nursing in 2013. Margaret’s goals are to learn Te Reo Māori, continue work alongside our people, support achievement in Māori nursing, health policies that improve Māori health outcomes.

E iti noa ana, nā te aroha. Though my present be small, my love goes with it

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Shannon Lake

Tāmaki Makaurau - Greater Auckland


Ko Maungapohatu te maungaKo Mataatua te wakaKo Tataahoata te maraeKo Waikaremoana te moanaKo Tūhoe te iwiNō Ruatāhuna me Ruatoki ahau.

Shannon Marie Lake RN BHSc (Nurs) PGCert (ADv. Nurs).  Shannon is currently employed as a registered nurse in plastics surgery and reconstruction at Counties Manukau District Health Board, Auckland.  She has successfully completed her post graduate certificate in advanced nursing and is about to commence her diploma in specialised surgical nursing.

Shannon’s passion is supporting Māori Tauira (nursing students,) across Aotearoa in their studies to becoming successful Māori registered nurses. She is the current regional Te Rūnanga representative for Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) NZNO, and also the vice chair for Auckland.

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Hinemotu Douglas 

Midlands Representative

Raukawa, Ngaiterangi

Ko Weraiti te MaungaKo Mangapiko te AwaKo Ngatihinerangi te HapuKo Raukawa te IwiKo Tainui te waka

Engari I whanau mai kite Moutere o Matakana Island ki te taha o toku mama

Ko Mauao te Maunga

Ko Tauranga te Moana

Ko Ngaituwhiwhia te Hapu

Ko Ngaiterangi te Iwi

Ko Maataatua te waka.

Ko Hinemotu Douglas toku ingoa.

Hinemotu works as a Registered Nurse in the Forensics Acute Mental Health at the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre in Waikato, and feels very privileged to represent the Midlands rohe.  Hinemotu has whakapapa links to Matakana Island  and has five sons and three granddaughters.  Hinemotu is interested in forensic acute mental health and advocating for Māori mental health.

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Anamaria Watene                                                              

Bay of Plenty/Tairāwhiti Representative

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.

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Tina Konia

Hawkes Bay/Te Matau a Māui Representative


Kelly Beckett

Central Representative 

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Lizzy Kepa-Henry

Greater Wellington Representative

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. 

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Top of the South Representative



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Te Tai o Poutini Representative


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Ruth Te Rangi 

Canterbury Representative

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.

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Lara Marshall

Southern Representative

Ko Kapukataumahaka te maungaKo Owheo te awaKo Takitimu te wakaKo Kai Tahu te iwiKo Otākou te maraeKo Lara Marshall tōku ingoa

My name is Lara Marshall.  I am the Southern Regional Representative for Te Poari. I work as a Registered Nurse for Southern DHB in an inpatient physical and neurological rehabilitation unit.

I was not raised with a strong Māori culture perspective and began my reconnection to my whakapapa around the same time as I first became involved with NZNO in 2012. While my Te Reo needs work I am learning all the time and I look forward to forging a strong network of Māori health care professionals within the Southern rohe.

I started with NZNO during the as a tauira representative, then as a work place delegate and now as a member of Te Poari. I hope that while being in this position I can help to facilitate positive change for Te Rūnanga members.

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Katie Le Lievre

Te Rūnanga Tauira Chairperson

Ko Mātaatua tōku waka

Ko Kōpu kairoa tōku maunga                                                     

Ko Waitao tōku awa

Ko Ngai Te Rangi me Ngāti Pukenga ōku iwi

Ko Ngā Pōtiki tōku hapū

Ko Le Lievre/Kiwi Rameka ōku whānau

Ko Katie ahau

Katie is in her second year nursing at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and is the current AUT Te Rūnanga Tauira representative.

Reflecting on what made Katie decide to study nursing, it was asking herself, he aha te mea nui ki au? What is the most important thing to me? The answer always ended with ‘he tangata, he tangata, he tangata. The people, the people, the people’.  A months holiday in Australia, turned into three years travelling before returning home to light the ahi kā, home fires, and begin her studies. Katie has previouysly studied Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga at Te Wānanga o Taikura and at Green Bay High School.

One of the benefits of my travels was the opportunity to experience other cultures.  I came to fully appreciate the richness and depth that we have within our own culture, and as Māori, how we nurture and sustain this  is vital.  I am very proud to be a part of New Zealand Nurses Organisation, as a Te Rūnanga Tauira representative, which promotes partnership, protection and participation between Māori and all cultures within Aotearoa.

I am humbled, and honoured, to be nominated as the Chair of Te Rūnanga Tauira. If elected as chair, I will do my utmost to represent and champion the interests of ngā  nēhi tauira, and give voice to their concerns.  I’m passionate about supporting Māori nurses of the future, and ultimately improving the health outcomes of our people.  


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Rebekah Horn

Te Rūnanga Tauira Vice Chairperson

Ko Takitimu tōku waka

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa tōku iwi

Ko Tumapuhia a Rangi tōku hapū

Ko Te Maipi tōku maunga

Ko Motuwairaka tōku awa

Ko Nukutaotaoroa a Hau tōku one

Ko Motuwairaka tōku marae

Ko Tumapuhia tōku tangata

Ko Rebekah Horn tōku ingoa

Rebekah is in her second year of nursing at Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) and is the Te Rūnanga Tauira representative at SIT.

Rebekah has recently returned to New Zealand after working in a hospital in Brisbane. She rally wants to understand the healthcare system in Aotearoa and ways in which we can improve indigenous health disparities.

Rebekah great ambition is to work within indigenous communities both here and overseas. 

Rebekah feels extremely honoured to be nominated for the Te Rūnanga Tauira vice chair role. If elected, Rebekah will stand alongside her chairperson and work collaboratively to maintain the strong bicultural relationship established by previous Te Rūnanga Tauira leadership. Rebekah is committed to being an advocate and a voice for Māori tauira on the National Student Unit (NSU) to ensure that the bicultural ties remain steadfast in all our work.

If elected as the vice chairperson I will endeavour to gain the best results for Māori tauira and to ensure your voice is heard on NSU.

Ngā mihi nui

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