To'a Fereti (Chairperson)
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. Over the last 28 years, To’a has worked as a clinician, educator, and manager in nursing. 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 is undertaking her Doctorate of Health Sciences and is the President of the Pan Pacific Nurses Association. She has a particular interest in Pacific health and Pacific workforce, utilising her clinical leadership and managerial experience combined with her Samoan cultural values, to influence and affect change for positive Pacific health outcomes.
Dr Kathy Holloway (Deputy Chairperson)
Dr Holloway is currently the Director of the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Victoria University of Wellington. She is the co-chair of the Board and Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa and was 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 by the Minister of Health to the Nursing Council in July 2015.
Monina Hernandez is a ministerial appointee and the first Filipino to sit at the Nursing Council. She is currently a lecturer at Massey University, a clinical nurse specialist for infection prevention and control and an advocate for the rights of marginalised sectors in the community. She is a former director of NZNO, founder and President of the Filipino Nurses’ Association of New Zealand, Inc. and leader-member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing. Monina’s experience spans more than 26 years in two countries. Monina worked as a community health nurse, nurse-midwife and university lecturer before settling in Aotearoa in 2010. She has published a book and has received recognition for her advocacy work in the Philippines. Monina graduated from the Philippines’ premier university - the University of the Philippines Manila and was recognised as their most outstanding student in 1991. She holds a Master of Nursing degree with honours from the University of Auckland and is working towards her PhD at Massey University. Monina is passionate about dignity for all, social justice and democracy through collective action. She is committed to patient safety, evidence-based practice, representation of public interest and improvement of health status of all people.
Joanne Hewlett is a Primary School teacher based in Auckland. She has three children – two of them born with severe intellectual and physical disabilities (one passing away 12 years ago, the other now a young adult living in a supported care situation). Joanne’s experiences with disability and death prompted her to co-author a book on the topic from a parent’s perspective, which was published in 2011. She has also had many opportunities to speak to a variety of audiences, including nursing students and staff, on good nursing and care from a parent’s point of view. She is a Lay Member on the Performance Assessment Committee of the Medical Council and believes strongly in the importance of good quality medical care. She is particularly passionate about the importance of protecting the most vulnerable and being a voice for those who are either unable or are limited in their ability to speak out.
Paula Snowden has wide government and not-for-profit sector experience. She joined the Problem Gambling Foundation as Chief Executive in December 2016. Her non-government leadership experience is significant having been Deputy Chief Executive of the former Alcohol Advisory Council where she led the social marketing programme and Chief Executive of the Quit Group Trust/Quitline through one of its most successful periods. Paula also has a strong executive leadership background in both Housing New Zealand and the Accident Compensation Commision and has also had a number of policy roles including in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Maori Development. In all her leadership roles, Paula has focussed on addressing equity and on sustainable and effective programme delivery. Paula is passionate about making a difference and supporting people and organisations to be the best they can be through. She is a skilled change manager. Paula is a lay member appointment to the Nursing Council of New Zealand, is on the Board of Unicef New Zealand and is a Trustee of the Unicef Children’s Foundation. Paula’s tribal affiliations are Ngapuhi.
Maria Armstrong is a Charge Nurse at Auckland District Health Board.
She holds a Masters of Clinical Nursing and also sits on the NZNO Board of Directors. Her experience is broad working in rural and urban hospitals in NZ and the UK across a range of disciplines as a Staff Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Charge Nurse. Maria has a diverse work background that includes general surgery, general medicine, emergency medicine, perioperative anaesthetic care, aeromedical, emergency surgery, and infectious disease. She is a skilled and experienced change manager who has a track record of transitioning to new roles and rapidly delivering excellence. Maria’s experience enables her to draw on a broad range of governance and management experience across complex health systems that intersect broad networks that interact and link. Maria joins the Council for the first time in 2018 following success in the VOTE17 elections.
Joanna Hart lives in the Bay of Plenty and is a New Zealand-trained nurse working in accident and emergency healthcare. She has 20 years’ experience nursing in diverse settings, from operating theatres to emergency departments to clinical research, in both the private and public sectors, both in New Zealand and abroad. Joanna joins the Council for the first time following success in the VOTE17 elections.