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

Jo was re-elected to the Council for a second term in 2014. She works as Professor of Nursing at the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Along with teaching in the areas of leadership, change and innovation, Jo is involved in research related to patient safety and the culture and work of nursing. She greatly values the opportunity to help shape and monitor the health service toward the future through her work on the Council.

Council Members 

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To'a Fereti

To’a is a Ministerial appointment. She was born in Samoa, grew up in Dunedin & has had a long and distinguished career as a nurse.  She holds a Master of Nursing and is currently the Clinical Nurse Director for the Division of Medicine & Clinical Support Services, Counties Manukau Health which requires her to provide professional governance and leadership for nurses within her Division.  To’a’s specialty is in renal and haemodialysis, working in a variety of roles within this field for CMH, ADHB, and has also done some work with the National Kidney Foundation in Samoa.  To’a is particularly interested in the health needs of Pacific people and feels that her clinical leadership and managerial experience, combined with her Samoan cultural values, gives her a greater understanding of what is needed to influence and affect change for positive Pacific 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 was the only newly elected member to join Council following last year’s elections.

Joanne completed her Bachelor of Nursing at the Southern Institute of Technology and then moved to Auckland where she completed her Master of Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing (hons.) at the University of Auckland.  She now resides in Christchurch.

She has worked in many different areas of nursing across New Zealand and Australia and has also worked in both the public and private sectors.  Her areas of expertise are cardiology, emergency and recovery.

Joanne also has an accountancy background and has obtained a Diploma in Business.

“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 will bring a fresh, vibrant, fair and open minded approach to Council”.

Tania Kemp

Tania Kemp

Tania, who is from Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands, traces her whakapapa back to Nga Mahanga A Tairi, Taranaki. She is a Nurse Practitioner (NP) and the co-owner, with another nurse, of a medical centre in Pleasant Point, 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 is passionate about nursing and is involved in mentoring undergraduate nurses and NP candidates. She hopes her experience in rural primary health care will bring a different perspective to the Council. Tania was appointed to the Nursing Council in July 2015.

Conway Powell

Dr Conway Powell

Dr Powell, who holds a PhD in botany, is a highly experienced senior executive and director with a record in leadership, change management and governance across a range of sectors. After working for almost 20 years as a scientist and research director in the then Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr Powell broadened his focus and since 1993 has held roles of national significance both in management and as a consultant, primarily in the health and legal sectors. A member of the Institute of Directors, Dr Powell 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. Dr Powell was appointed to the Nursing Council in July 2015.


Patricia Seymour

The Minister of Health has appointed Pat Seymour as a lay member of the Nursing Council. Pat has been involved in health and education from an advocacy perspective for more than 35 years Initially involved with Plunket after the birth of her children, she followed this later with involvement in early childhood education, hospital and health boards, the Early Childhood Development Unit and conservation via the QEII Trust. She is currently the Chair of Environment and Policy for the Gisborne District Council, a unitary authority.

Pat completed a Diploma of Business Studies in Endorsed Health Management while chair of the Tairawhiti Health Board.

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