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Meet the Council

The Council consists of a mixture of members appointed by the Minister of Health, and members elected by nurses. Under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, the Council is required to elect a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson from its members. In meeting its commitment to the principle of Pātuitanga (Partnership), and in order to facilitate goals of shared decision-making, co-governance, and demonstrated leadership through partnership, Council policies require that at least one of these positions is filled by a Māori member of the Council.

Tania Kemp - Chairperson

Tania is from Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands, and is of Ngā Māhanga a Tairi, Taranaki and Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri descent. She is a nurse practitioner (NP) and owner of the Pleasant Point Health Centre in South Canterbury. Tania has worked in primary healthcare 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.

Maria Armstrong - Deputy Chairperson

Maria Armstrong graduated in 2008 and has since completed a Master of Nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management. She is an experienced registered nurse with comprehensive experience working in rural and urban hospitals in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, across a diverse range of different nursing roles and specialties. Her background includes general surgery, general medicine, emergency medicine, perioperative anaesthetic care, aeromedical, emergency surgery, infectious disease and public health. She has extensive experience in large complex systems, specifically clinical, professional, and regulatory that interconnect and influence strategy. She is forward thinking with a strong background in strategic planning, policy formation and quality improvement. Maria is skilled and experienced in sustainable change management processes, with a track record of transitioning to new roles and rapidly delivering excellence. Maria is currently employed as a nurse consultant at Auckland Regional Public Health Service and has previously been a director of the NZNO. She joined the Council for the first time in 2018 following success in the VOTE17 elections.

Dr Linda Chalmers

Dr Linda Chalmers is Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Pū and Ngāti Rangitihi and has over 40 years of experience in health care and nursing in Aotearoa New Zealand. After completing her nursing training at Palmerston North Hospital Linda has practised in a range of clinical settings including emergency, medical, primary health care, and surgical and intensive care in New Zealand, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Linda has practiced as a nursing manager, educator and clinician. She has previously worked in tertiary education in nursing and health science, and in the Ministry of Health. Linda’s passions are Māori health, ensuring that Te Tiriti o Waitangi is embedded in nursing and health care, and promoting the development of the Māori nursing workforce to enable gains in Māori health outcomes. Linda is currently Pou Haumanu (Clinical Director) at Te Pare o Toi (Māori Health Gains & Development) Bay of Plenty DHB.

Marion Guy

RN, PGDip, Master of Nursing, QSO, MInstD
Marion is a registered nurse with 30 years of experience in the health sector across governance, leadership and clinical roles. She graduated with a Masters of Nursing through Auckland University in 2010. Her previous governance roles include being a member of the National Health Board, a board member of the Western Bay of Plenty PHO and a board member of the International Council of Nurses. Currently, Marion is an elected member of the Bay of Plenty DHB. She has had several leadership roles within NZNO beginning with chair of the College of Practice Nurses, vice president for 2 years then president for 7 years on two different occasions. Clinically, Marion works in General Practice and the Out-patients Department at Tauranga Hospital, both on a casual basis. This broad range of experience and clinical knowledge will be invaluable for her role on Nursing Council. Marion has received the award of honour from NZNO and has a Queen's Service Order for services to Nursing.

Ngaira Harker

As Nurse Director of Māori Health, she oversees and advises on Māori health workforce initiatives, Māori nursing scholarships and networks with the many nursing groups both within the DHB and Māori health services. She initiated the development of a new internship, Tuakana Teina, which saw seven university students spend their summer at HBDHB working on projects to improve Māori health outcomes. “It was fantastic to have so many talented young Māori health students working with us and it bodes well for future recruitment.” HBDHB is working towards increasing the total Māori workforce from 14 to 16 percent to deliver more effective health services. “We have some fantastic Māori nurse leaders however we could always do with more, so it’s part of my role to mentor nurses along a leadership pathway. We are working on ensuring that we have a diverse workforce that supports the diversity that exists in our community. Having increased participation at a leadership level for Māori is essential in creating and supporting Māori models of health and ultimately improved health outcomes for our communities. Ngaira has had a diverse nursing and education career spanning New Zealand and the United States of America. She is from Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairoa and has a large whanau living in Wairoa. Currently Ngaira has been seconded to lead the COVID-19 Vaccination roll-out within Hawkes Bay

Monina Hernandez

Monina Hernandez is a clinical nurse specialist for infection prevention and control at six of Auckland’s COVID-19 managed isolation facilities, a PhD candidate at Massey University, and an advocate for the rights of marginalised sectors. She has worked as a high-risk postpartum ward nurse, NICU nurse, and a university lecturer. She is the first Filipino to sit on the Council.

Monina is an elected Leadership Succession Committee member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing, a global community of nurse-leaders with members in more than 90 countries. She previously served as an elected director of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

Monina’s nursing experience spans more than 25 years in two countries. Monina worked as a community nurse-midwife and university lecturer before settling in Aotearoa. She has published books and journal articles and has received recognition in the Philippines and New Zealand for her academic and advocacy work.

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 a 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 healthcare needs 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.

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 enjoys reading and all kinds of sport, especially tennis. He practises yoga to meditate and clear his mind, preaches and loves to serve voluntarily.

Emmanuel (Manu) Pelayo

Manu is a Filipino-qualified nurse who emigrated to New Zealand in 2009 after being offered sponsorship and a nursing position by Counties Manukau DHB in acute orthopaedics. He had held positions in the public and private sectors as a staff nurse in Medicine, Surgery and ICU, also as a Research Coordinator, Duty Manager, Clinical Nurse Advisor and Projects Improvement Manager. In 2018, he was appointed as a Charge Nurse Manager to set up an acute medical ward in Middlemore, where he has written and implemented a new model of care. Manu is currently the Regional Clinical Lead for the Northern (Auckland, Northland & Gisborne) and Midland (Waikato, Lakes, BOP, Taranaki) regions for HealthCare New Zealand. He has a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Auckland, and is studying Te Reo Māori at Unitec.

Dr Dianne Wepa

Dr Dianne Wepa originates from Hastings and her iwi is Ngāti Kahungunu. Dianne’s PhD focused on how Māori engaged with healthcare services. She has published journal articles and textbooks, and provided Keynote presentations on Cultural Safety and Clinical Supervision. Dianne is a registered social worker with interests in mental health, youth health and Māori health. Dianne’s current governance roles include the National Animal Ethics Committee, Audiologist Society Complaints’ Board and Nursing Council of New Zealand. Dianne teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses such as Māori Mental Health at AUT and First Peoples’ Health at the University of South Australia. Dianne is currently supervising research students on topics such as the impact of digital technology on suicide prevention, the social impact of dementia and fathers' use of Kangaroo Care with newborn babies.