Cath Bryne

Catherine Byrne (Chairperson)

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 nationally and is currently the Director of Nursing, Taranaki District Health Board. Catherine’s strong leadership and practice experience fosters a practice reality to the setting of professional nursing standards to protect public safety. 

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.

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To'a Fereti (Deputy 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.

Kathy Holloway

Dr Kathy Holloway

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.

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. I am familiar with the health expectations of patients and also their expectations of the nursing profession.” Joanne was appointed to the Council after the 2014 Elections.

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, has experience in leadership, change management and governance across a range of sectors, particularly 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 chairs HRC Board’s Risk Management & Assurance Committee. 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 government and not-for-profit sector experience.  and joined the Problem Gambling Foundation as Chief Executive in December 2016.  Her non-government leadership experience is signifcant 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 Coucil 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.

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