Meet the Council

Safaato'a Fereti - Chairperson

Safaato’a was a Ministerial appointment to the Nursing Council in June 2014. She was born in the village of Safaato'a, Samoa, and grew up and was educated in Dunedin. Safaato'a graduated from Christchurch Polytechnic School of Nursing and has had a long distinguished career as a nurse. Over the last 30 years, Safaato'a has worked as a clinician, educator, and manager in nursing. She is currently the Clinical Nurse Director, Division of Medicine and Clinical Support Services, Counties Manukau Health, which requires her to provide professional governance and leadership for nurses within her divisions. 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, using 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. A registered nurse originally trained at Wellington Polytechnic, Kathy completed her doctorate in 2011. Many specialty nursing groups nationally articulate the contribution they can make to addressing health care need using her doctoral work.
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 and again in 2018.

Paula Snowden

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 broad 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 Commission 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 focused 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. She is both a skilled leader of culturally diverse workforces and is a skilled change manager. Paula was formerly on the Board of UNICEF New Zealand and a Trustee of the UNICEF Children’s Foundation. Paula was recently appointed to the Board of Melon Health. Paula is a Lay Member appointment to the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Paula’s tribal affiliations are Ngapuhi.

Maria Armstrong

Maria Armstrong is a Charge Nurse at Auckland District Health Board. She holds a master's of clinical nursing and also sits on the NZNO Board of Directors. Her experience is broad, working in rural and urban hospitals in New Zealand 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 joined the Council for the first time in 2018 following success in the VOTE17 elections.

Joanna Hart

Joanna Hart lives in the Bay of Plenty and is a New Zealand-trained nurse working in accident and emergency healthcare. She has 20 year's 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 joined the Council for the first time following success in the VOTE17 elections.


Iosefa Tiata Paituli

Iosefa T Paituli is a Minister at Mt. Roskill’s Congregational Christian Church – of Samoa. He is married with four children and seven grandchildren, has a master’s in theology and is completing a master's in entrepreneurialism.
Iosefa worked as a financial controller for the Church in Samoa for six years and was their chief accountant for five years. He has also worked for the Bank of Western Samoa in Samoa, the Bank of New Zealand and Lion Breweries before attending Theological College in Samoa.    Iosefa is passionate about his community. He was inspired to help those he met who found communicating with their healthcare providers frustrating and stressful. Today he is very involved in advocating for members of his community and being a conduit for information for those experiencing language and cultural barriers.
Iosefa’s enjoys reading and all kinds of sport, especially tennis. He practices yoga to meditate and clear his mind, preaches and loves to serve voluntarily.

Joanne Hewlett

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.

Monina Hernandez

Monina Hernandez is a Ministerial appointee and the first Filipino to sit at the Nursing Council. She is currently a Lecturer at Massey University, and an Advocate for the rights of marginalised sectors in the community. She has worked as a high-risk postpartum ward nurse, NICU nurse and a clinical nurse specialist for infection prevention and control before joining the academe.
She is one of the founders and is the current President of the Filipino Nurses’ Association of New Zealand and Leader-Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing. She was previously elected as a director of NZNO. 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 books 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's of nursing degree with honours from the University of Auckland and is working towards her PhD at Massey University.

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 owner of the Pleasant Point Health Centre in South Canterbury. Tania has worked in primary health care in rural care in rural and remote areas around New Zealand for the past 20 years. 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 Ministry of Health appointee to the Nursing Council in July 2015.