The College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc Caucuses

The meaning of each name from a Māori worldview

Gifted by Dr Aria Graham March 2020

Aronuku (will be the Māori caucus)

  • Downwards, towards the earth; Papatuānuku.

 Arorangi (will be the Pākehā caucus)

  • Upwards, towards the skies and heavens; Ranginui.

Connection to the caucuses of a leading national nurses’ organisation

  • In te ao Māori, the two names encompass the earth below us and the heavens above us. Accordingly, the names have been gifted to these two caucuses and represent all phenomena that reside within this space, and that ultimately impact on te ira tangata (the human element) and our wellbeing. It is not for Aronuku to solely address te ao Māori nor is it about Arorangi addressing te ao Pākehā, it is about Aronuku and Arorangi together, in collaboration addressing te ao Māori when it comes to kaupapa and issues that the College of Nurses’ caucuses navigate and deal with. That is, Arorangi must be fully cognisant of and acknowledge te ao Māori in all of its business and not leave te ao Māori for Aronuku to take care of. As tuakana in this relationship, Aronuku can and should lead Arorangi to ensure the holistic wellbeing of the organisation; indeed of the community at large.



Board of Directors

Bel MacfieBelinda Macfie
Co Chair (Arorangi)


Tēnā koutou katoa
No ingarangi ahau
Ko Kemureti toku kainga, I tipu ake au ki Kirikiriroa
Ko Maungatautari te maunga, e rū nei taku ngakau
Ko Waikato te awa, e mahea nei aku māharahara
E mahi ana au mō Hospice Waikato, ko Director of Nursing tōku turanga
Ko Bel Macfie toku ingoa
No reira, tēnā koutou tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa

I am grateful to be in a position where I am supported and encouraged by my organisation to lead, contribute and give back to the nursing profession. I am especially passionate about growing nursing leadership and ensuring the power and potential of nursing and our collective ability to really make a positive difference to people’s lives is understood.

What drives me is that I want more!! I want nursing to articulate and celebrate our achievements and navigate our challenges together, so that we have a voice, and are visible, understood and valued. I also want patients and whānau to experience high quality, coordinated, compassionate care.

I am committed to giving the time, energy, motivation and passion to support the College of Nurses Aotearoa to optimise health outcomes and continue to advance the development of our nursing leaders and workforce.

Current Role:
Director of Nursing, Hospice Waikato
Secretary and Regional Lead (Te Manawa Taki) Nurse Executives Aotearoa

Key Previous Roles:
Clinical Nurse Director, Older Persons and Rehabiliation
HealthShare Shared Services Programme Manager Rural Health and Midwifery
Programme Nurse Manager, Midland Interhospital transfer project
Associate Director of Nursing: Primary, Community, Rural Hospitals and Aged Care
Clinical Advisor and Regional Clinical Nurse Specialist, Whānau Āwhina/Plunket
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sexual Health

Areas of Interest:
Leadership, workforce and strategic development, nursing culture and innovation, cross sector alliances and consumer engagement, community nursing, rural health, nursing quality and patient safety, resilience and wellbeing.

Amelia Howard-HillAmelia Howard-Hill Board Member



Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Ruapehu te māunga
Ko Rangitikei te awa
Ko Ngāti Pākehā tōku iwi
Nō Manawatu ahau
Ko Amelia Howard-Hill tōku ingoa
He Kaiārahi Matanga Tāpuhi ki STRIDE Orthopaedics
Nō reira, tēnā koutou katoa

Kia ora, my name is Amelia Howard-Hill, I am a Nurse Practitioner in Christchurch and I am humbled and delighted to be part of  the College of Nurses Aotearoa Arorangi Caucus. 

I’m a passionate advocate for the value of nursing and the importance of Co-governance as an important principle of te Tiriti o Waitangi. I look forward to serving the College of Nurses Aotearoa members and the nursing profession, through the work we do.

Nurse Practitioner and Director of Stride Orthopaedics
NPNZ Executive Committee Member
Honorary Professional Teaching Fellow, University of Auckland

Lead Nurse Practitioner, Pegasus 24 Hours Surgery
Nurse Practitioner, South Canterbury District Health Board
Nurse Practitioner, Hauora Tairawhiti
Professional and Education Committee Member; NZNO Perioperative College of Nurses
Faculty Chairperson, AO Organisation

Advanced nursing practice
Workforce development
Urgent care
Perioperative care



Erin Meads Erin Meads,
Board Member


 RN, BN, PG Cert Adv Health Science, PG Dip Adv Nsg

I was born and raised in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty and started my nursing career in   Tauranga Hospital after completing my training at Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua.  I am fortunate enough to have worked in various frontline and leadership nursing roles throughout NZ and Australia. I am passionate about supporting the work of the College to ensure the nursing profession is recognized, enabled and supported to fully maximize its critical contribution in the delivery of quality health care in New Zealand.

Key Previous Roles:
Regional Clinical Director Health, Department of Corrections
Nursing Director, Primary Care

Areas of Expertise:
Primary Health Care
Youth & Women's Health
Workforce Development
Clinical Leadership & Quality


Kate WestonKate Weston,
Executive Director

MN (Hons), BA, RGON



Ko Taranaki tōko Maunga
Ko Whanganui tōko Awa
Nō Whanganui Ahau
Kei Papaioea a tōko kāinga ināianei
Ko Kate Weston tōko ingoa

Greetings – I was born and grew up in Whanganui, but had many wonderful times in Taranaki under the mountain with my maternal grandparents and cousins. Both of my parent’s families lived in Taranaki.

My nursing career began in Palmerston North (Papaioea) over 40 years ago in the hospital based Registered General & Obstetric Nursing programme.  I have since worked in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Hawkes Bay, and Auckland. I relocated to Palmerston North in August 2022, having lived in  Albany Auckland for over 26 years. My nursing specialty practice has spanned hospital and community/primary health nursing, focusing on Women’s health and child and youth nursing. I have held nursing leadership and quality management roles. Most recently I been involved in providing professional support and advice for nurses as both a professional nursing adviser and manager at NZNO.

Statement of belief and the value of the college
As a bicultural organisation, The College is committed to equity and honouring commitment to te Tiriti o Waitangi. The College of Nurses is a strong professional voice for nursing– standing for nurses and influencing wherever possible policy on health and health outcome.  In an environment of significant reform, nursing must be promoted as a flexible and responsive workforce. Nursing leadership is critical to the achieving improved health outcomes 

Nurses are pushed to the limits of safe practice more than ever before. Professional indemnity in the current environment is more important than ever.  Complaints and incident occur at any time  - often with several nurses being involved in an episode of patient care

Current Role:
Executive Director

Key Previous Roles:
Associate Nursing and Professional Services Manager New Zealand Nurses Organization (NZNO)
Acting Professional Services Manager NZNO
Professional Nursing Adviser NZNO
Quality of Service Manager Child Women and Family Services Waitemata DHB
Nursing Practice Leader – Child Disability Services Waitemata Health Ltd
Clinical Secondee – Waitakere Strategy Project

Areas of Expertise:
Pandemic response
Women’s health
Child and youth health
Clinical Leadership and Quality
Workforce development
Policy development
Industrial relations in the health sector
Safe staffing (previously  Co-Chair of the Safe Staffing Healthy Workplaces Governance Group)




Rhoena Davis 2021

Rhoena Davis
Co Chair (Aronuku)




Ko Nga Puhi Nui Tonu te Iwi.
Ko Ngatokimatawhaurua te Waka.
Ko Hokianga me Rangaunu nga Moana.
Ko Tamatea raua ko Puwheke nga Maunga.
Ko Te Rarawa raua ko Ngati Kahu nga Hapu.
Ko Rhoena Davis ahau

Mahitahi Hauora Director of Nursing – Primary Care
Vice Chair New Zealand Rural General Practice Network - Hauora Te Tai Whenua


Māori Nurse Leader Forums within Tai Tokerau
Nurse Leaders Forum Te Tai Tokerau
Nurse Practitioner in the Mid and Far North Te Tai Tokerau
Te Tai Tokeraru Nurse Leaders – Nurse Practitioner forum
NZNO Te Runanga Vice Chair
New Zealand Nursing Council Nurse Practitioner Panellist


Māori and Rural Health
Primary Health Care
Nurse Practitioner Workforce
Māori Nursing Leadership


Brenda CloseBrenda Close
Board Member

Master of Nursing, Grad Dip Advanced Nursing Practice, Bachelor Māori Health, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Nursing

Tēnā koutou katoa i ngā ahuatanga o te wa, o te kaupapa nei. 

Ko Maungataniwha te maunga
Ko Tapapa te awa
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa rātou ko Ngāti Maniapoto ngā iwi
Ko Kohatutaka te hapū
Ko Mangamuka te marae
I te taha o tōku mama, ko Tom rāua ko Amy Harris ōku mātua tupuna
I te taha o tōku papa ko Alan rāua ko Joan Close ōku mātua tupuna
Ko Ray rāua ko Ruby ōku mātua
Ko Brenda Close ahau

No reira, tēnā koutou tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Director of Nursing, Ashburton and Rural Health Services, CDHB
Programme Sponsor Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō
Co-Chair Māori NNLg
Co-Chari Māori NENZ

Director of Nursing/Facility Manager – Dirranbandi, SWHHS; Katherin Hospital, NTH; Weipa, Torres and Cape HHS
Clinical Lead – National Hauora Coalition
Nurse Lead – Waiora Healthcare PHO
Over 30 years nursing management and leadership across health services and in Nursing professional organisations.

AREAS OF Expertise:
Māori Health, Indigenous Health, Whānau Ora, Rural and Remote Health, Workforce development, Nursing Leadership


Sandra McDonaldSandra McDonald
Board Member


I was born and have spent most of my life in Otorohanga, Maniapoto rohe. However I whakapapa to Ngāti Whātua o Otamatea and Ngāti Wai o Waikare. I currently live with my tane in the Taheke – Otaua area of the Hokianga and love it.

This year I celebrated 50 years since I began my nursing education. It has been the most amazing career and I can’t see me stopping any time soon. I cannot think of another career that encourages your growth as an individual so much and offers so many opportunities to work in. The challenge is choosing. I am committed to effective nursing care that reduces inequity.

Senior Academic Lecturer Māori, Manukau Institute of Technology

Registered Nurse Bay of Islands Hospital
Senior Lecturer NorthTec
Director of Nursing ProCare Ltd

AREAS OF Expertise:
Māori Health, Competence assessment/PDRP
Research interest/activity: Oral Histories Nursing, Consent, Cognitive Decline & Intimacy, Sexuality in care of the elderly (Māori perspective).  


Liz Manning 2020aLiz Manning, 
project Manager



Current Role:

Strategic projects Manager
Nurse consultant/ Kaiwhakahaere nēhi

Key Previous Roles:
Project Manager, Future Workforce, DHBNZ
Associate Director of Nursing/Nurse Advisor, Professional
Development, Waitemata DHB.

Areas of Expertise:
Coaching, Mentorship and Supervision
Project Management

Policy Workshops
Self-employment Workshops
Networking and Collaboration
Web Content


Areas of Interest