Cath Bryne

Catherine Byrne

Catherine Byrne graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1984 after completing her nurse training in Taranaki. Catherine has a Masters in nursing and has extensive practice and leadership experience. Catherine has held senior nursing management and leadership roles and is currently the Unit Nurse Manager for the Medical and Medical Specialties Services at Starship Children’s Hospital. Catherine’s strong leadership and practice experience gives her a deep understanding of the nursing practice realities and issues.

Catherine has worked with council in her role of assessing nursing portfolios against practice standards and has contributed to nursing at a national level through her work with the Job Evaluation Review Committee for senior nurses.

Catherine was appointed to the council in September 2009 and has been a successful candidate in the following VOTE11 and VOTE14 elections.

Deputy Chairperson


Dr Jo Ann Walton

Dr Jo Ann Walton is Professor of Nursing at the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Victoria University of Wellington. Her nursing background encompasses a range of academic and clinical posts, along with experience in governance and management in the education sector. She was elected to the Council in 2011 and elected Deputy Chair in 2013. She was appointed to the Council for a three-year term following success in the 2011

Council elections.  She was successful again in the 2014 elections and appointed for a second term.

Council Members 

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To'a Fereti

To’a is a Ministerial appointment to Council in June 2014. She was born in Samoa, grew up & educated in Dunedin & has had a long and distinguished career as a nurse.  She is currently the Clinical Nurse Director, Division of Medicine & Clinical Support Services, Counties Manukau Health, which requires her to provide professional governance and leadership for nurses within her Division.  She holds a Master of Nursing, and is in her first year of her Doctorate of Health Sciences programme at AUT.  She has a particular interest in Pacific health and Pacific workforce and has done some work with the National Kidney Foundation and the National Health Service, Samoa.  She feels her clinical leadership and managerial experience, combined with her Samoan cultural values, enables her to have a greater understanding of what is needed to influence and affect change for positive Pacific health outcomes.

Kathy Holloway

Dr Kathy Holloway

Dr Holloway is currently the Dean of the Health Faculty at Whitireia New Zealand. She is also national chair of Nurse Education in the Tertiary Sector (NETS), co-chair of the Board of the College of Nurses Aotearoa and a member of the Ministry of Health expert advisory group for the 2015 review and update of the New Zealand Health Strategy. A registered nurse originally trained at Wellington Polytechnic, Kathy completed her Doctorate in 2011. Her doctoral work has been used by specialty nursing groups nationally to articulate the contribution they can make to addressing health care need through the National Nursing Consortium processes. Through her academic research and global engagement Kathy is involved in clarifying the potential of nursing expertise to improve the patient experience and inform workforce planning models. Dr Holloway was appointed to the Nursing Council in July 2015.

Joanne Hopson

Joanne Hopson

Joanne completed her Bachelor of Nursing at the Southern Institute of Technology and completed her Master of Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing through the University of Auckland.  She has worked in many different areas of nursing across New Zealand as well as Australia.  Her areas of expertise are cardiology, emergency and post anaesthetic care.

 "I am aware of the need to have robust policies and procedures which must be adhered to.  As a nurse working ‘on the floor’, I know what challenges and pressures nurses face and the need to support and help each other.  Having recent emergency experience, I am familiar with the health expectations of patients and also their expectations of the nursing profession.  I am passionate about nursing and bring a fresh, vibrant, fair, and open minded approach to Council.”

Tania Kemp

Tania Kemp

Tania, is from Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands, and is of Nga Mahanga A Tairi, Taranaki and Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri decent. She is a Nurse Practitioner (NP) and co-owner, with a nurse colleague, of the Pleasant Point Medical Centre, in South Canterbury. Tania has worked in primary health care in rural and remote areas around New Zealand for the past 20 years. She is on the National Rural General Practice Network as one of the South Island representatives. Tania has a special interest in the clinical mentoring of undergraduate nurses and NP candidates. She hopes her experience in rural primary health care will bring a different perspective to the Council. Tania was a MOH appointee to the Nursing Council in July 2015

Conway Powell

Dr Conway Powell

Dr Conway Powell, who holds a PhD in botany, is an experienced senior executive and director with a record in leadership, change management and governance across a range of sectors, primarily in the health sector.  He worked for 20 years as a scientist and research director in the then Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.  A Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, Conway has been a member of the Health Research Council of New Zealand since 2009 and currently chairs two of its committees. Since 2010, he has been the Presiding Member of the Lotteries Grants Board community research distribution committee and he is a Director of the Balclutha-based rural hospital provider - Clutha Health First.  Dr Powell was appointed to the Nursing Council in July 2015.


Patricia Seymour

Patricia Seymour has been involved in health and education from an advocacy perspective for more than 40 years. Initially involved with Plunket following the birth of her children, she has also Chaired hospital and health boards, the Early Childhood Development Unit and  supported conservation via the QEII National Trust. She is currently the Chair of Environment and Policy for the Gisborne District Council and Chairs the District Licensing Committee. Pat has a Diploma of Business Studies, Endorsed Health Management. She was appointed to Council as a lay member by the Minister of Health in 2009.

Paula Snowden

Paula Snowden

Paula Snowden has wide social service, health and state sector experience. Until recently Paula was Chief Executive of The Quit Group, the Trust that ran New Zealand’s national Quitline and its supporting social marketing programme and was an active leader in tobacco control.  Prior to that Paula was Director Community Relations at the Accident Compensation Corporation and a member of the Executive Leadership Team.  Before ACC, Paula was General Manager in charge of a number of social housing programmes at Housing New Zealand, including social services housing development and assistance, substandard housing in rural areas and home ownership for modest income families.  She also has extensive experience at the Alcohol Advisory Council where as Deputy Chief Executive she was principally responsible for ALAC's social marketing programme.  Paula has also had a number of policy roles including in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Maori Development. Paula is on the Board of Unicef New Zealand and is Chair of Unicef’s Children’s Foundation, Paula was appointed to the New Zealand Council of Nursing in 2015.  Paula’s tribal affiliations are Ngapuhi.

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