It’s been a privilege to serve as your President for the last three years. I’d be proud to serve again, for a final term.

In 2015 I pledged to be accessible, in person and via social media. I pledged to champion our issues, strengthen our bicultural relationships and build our collective union power.

I invite you to examine my record, whether I’ve delivered. Consider, too:

As President I accepted only Staff Nurse pay. Refusing the six-figure presidential salary was a matter of conscience. Can I honestly advocate on our collective concerns while earning six figures? Can I represent our membership, if my circumstances are disconnected from yours? I lead for the many, not the few.

Today’s winds of change provide huge renewal opportunities. If re-elected I’ll lead the change we want. NZNO will be open and responsive to us, the members. That’s my pledge to you now.

Previous relevant experience

  • Newtown Union Health Service: Board Member (2013-present) and Chair (
  • DHB MECA Negotiating Team (2014-15)
  • Membership Committee: Greater Wellington Region rep & Vice-Chair (2014-15)
  • Mental Health Nurses Section: Committee Member & Journal Co-editor (2014-15)
  • DHB National Delegates Committee: CCDHB rep & Convenor (2008-15)
  • NZNO-endorsed candidate for CCDHB (2013)
  • NZNO Board of Directors (2012-13)
  • NZNO Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair (2010-13)
  • NZNO Relief Organiser (2010)
  • NZNO Workplace delegate (2002-15)


Te take e tū ana ahau hei Perehitini mō NZNO

Nōku kē te hōnore ki te tū hei Perehitini mā koutou i ngā tau e toru kua pahure. Whakahīhī ana hau ki te tū anō, mō tētahi atu wāhanga.

I te tau 2015 ka taurangitia hau kia āhei koutou ki te whakapā mai ki au ā-kanohi, ā pae pāpāho pāpori raini.  Ka taurangi anō kia tū māia hau mō ō tātou take, whakakahatia tō tātou tikanga rua, ā, kia waihangatia tō tātou mahi ngātahi uniana.

Ka inoi atu hau ki a koutou mēnā ka pai āku mahi, kāhore raini. Titiro mai:

I au e mahi Perehitini ana ka whakaae au ki te utu Staff Nurse anake. Tēnei whakanau utua nui he mea whakaaro kore mōku ake. Ka taea e hau ki te whawhai me te whakahau kaupapa mei ka utua nui hau?  Ka taea e hau ki te tū hei māngai mō ngā mema uniana mei ka nohoa kore hau ki a koutou? Ehara tāku toa i te toa taketahi, engari he toa takitini.

Mai i ngā hau āwhiowhio ka tae mai a tinihanga, a whakahou anō hoki.  Mei ka waimarie hau ko au tō koutou kaitinihanga, kaiwhakahou.  Koinei tāku oatitanga ki a koutou.


10 thoughts on “Candidate profile statement 2018

  1. Finally…someone who wants to do more than make themselves comfortable on other peoples hard earned dollars…might be happier to stay with nzno now…good luck…


  2. you might find out why westcoastdhb wont negotiate with nzno leaving us stuck with psa and poor pay and conditions.


    1. Hi Ade, as a member of the DHB MECA negotiating team, I am all too aware of the barrier you face. And as a mental health nurse myself, who has previously worked in Auckland, I have been in exactly the same boat, too.
      As I’m sure you know, the NZNO DHB MECA does not cover mental health nurses at WCDHB. This is the result of historical factors, and is supported by the Memorandum of Understanding between NZNO and PSA (which was reviewed and re-signed last year). So all I can do at this stage is sympathise, and remind you of the benefits of dual membership at reduced rates.
      I do understand your predicament, and as President I would like to work through a process to resolve it, in the longer term.


  3. how do weget on to your site would like to follow your progress and wish you luck in your journey to fight for under paid workers like yourself


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