The NZNO Conference presentations/recording are available via YouTube   

If presenters have provided their powerpoint presentation - it is alongside their bio below.



Keelan Ransfield - NZNO Kaumatua


Keelan Ransfield joined the NZNo as a Physic Assistant while working at Kimberly Hospital, Levin.


I attended the Te Runanga o Aotearoa, NZNO, Hui-a-Tau in 2006 at Omaka Marae in Blenheim.  On my return home after that hui I became the Central Region Delegate. In 2009 the elected Tumu Whakarae stood down from the role after 6 months and so I was elected into the role as Interim Tumu Whakarae and sat on the Board during this time.  In 2012 I was voted into the role proper as the elected Tumu Whakarae for TR and held the position until 2015.  On stepping down from Te Poari I was asked to fill the role of Kaumatua for the NZNO which I still currently hold. 


Dr Ruth De Souza, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia  

Based in the School of Art, she is a nurse, academic and community engaged researcher in gender, race, health and digital technologies.  Prior to coming to RMIT, she was the academic co-convenor of the Data, Systems and Society Research network (DSSRN), a collaborative research network across the University of Melbourne.  Her Fellowship engages health professionals in finding new ways to understand, co-design and implement sustainable cultural safety initiatives in a range of health contexts.  Ruth's current projects include research on social isolation, digital technologies and the experiences of older people from culturally diverse backgrounds during COVID-19; how pregnant women from South Asian backgrounds used apps in pregnancy during the pandemic: affordances of patient generated health data in the community clinic and using design probes to facilitate discussions about digital health literacy among marginalise communities.

Professor Denise Wilson (Ngati Tahinga, Tainui)

Denise is a registered nurse with intensive and coronary care, acute medicine, and community nursing experience.  She is a Professor in Maori Health, an Associate Dean Maori Advancement and Co-Director of Auckland University of Technology's Taupua Waiora Maori Research Centre.  Denise's research focuses on whanau violence, equitable health service engagement for Maori, cultural responsiveness, and workforce development.  She is a Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (New Zealand), the American Academy of Nurses, and the Royal Society Te Aparangi for her contributions to research and policy related to Maori health, and whanau violence. 

Stephen McKernan, QSO. Partner and NZ Government & Public Sector Leader

Stephen is EY's Government and Public Sector Leader. He is an experienced consultant and executive who has earned a strong international reputation through operating successfully at the highest levels within the New Zealand health system.

He is a former Chief Executive of Counties Manukau and Hutt Valley District Health Boards and in 2006 was appointed Director General of Health and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.  Upon completing his term as Director General, he established the successful Health Parnters Consulting Group which was acquired by EY in 2015.  As a consultant and EY Partner he has consulted widely to a range of governments and health organisations and in recent years has also undertaken a range of assignments across the social care and human service sectors.  He has particular interest in health system and social care design and performance improvement, the successful management of change; and the development and leadership of large and complex organisations.

In August 2020 he was asked to lead the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Transition Unit which has responsibility for the reform and redesign of New Zealand's future health and disability system.  Reporting to a Ministerial Group consisting of the Prime Minister, the Ministers of Finance, Health, Disability and Associate Health, the reform programme is anticipated to be the largest transformation of the New Zealand's health and diability system in over 20 years.

In 2012 he was awarded a Companion of the Queens Service Order for services to the State and healthcare.  He is an Honorary Fellow of both the New Zealand Institute of Health Management and the Australasian College of Health Service Executives, he is also a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Siouxie Wiles is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckaldn in New Zealand


She studied medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a PhD in microbiology at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Oxford and Edinburgh Napier University.  Siouxsie has won numerous awards for both her science and her science communication.  In 2019 she was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication.  When the pandemic arrived, Siouxsie joined forces with Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris to make the science of the pandemic clear and understandable. Their award-winning graphics have been translated into multiple languages and adapted by various governments and organisations.  Siouxsie was the Supreme Winner of the Stuff Westpac 2020 Women of Influence Award, named by the BBC as one of their 100 influenctial women of 2020, and in 2021 was named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

Photo credit Arvid Eriksson

Dr Michal Boyd

Dr Michal Boyd is a Nurse Practitioner and Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Department of Geriatric Medicine, Universtiy of Auckland. She owns and practices with Equinox Health Ltd, a primary healthcare provider specifically for aged care facilities.  Dr Boyd has published over 100 journal articles, books, and guidelines.  Her main research interests are care of older adults living in the community and aged care and advanced nursing practice. Dr Boyd and her team recently completed the ELDER research project investigating end-of-life experiences in residential aged care, and she is now working on the development of a deterioration early warning system. She is currently Chair of Dementia Auckland.

Professor Palatasa Havea (Tasa)

Professor Havea is working as the Dean of Pacific Students' Success at Massey University, Palmerston North.  He had a 26 year long successful research career in the dairy industry.  His research focused on understanding how the molecular changes in diary proteins can lead to the desired balance between being nutritional and functional ingredients in food products.  Tasa invented a number of patented technologies that bring millions of dollars of annual foreign earnings to the NZ economy.

He has a wide range of convenance experiences, involving a number of reference groups and boards for different government agencies, including the Health Research Council, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, and the Ministry of Pacific Peoples.  He is currently the Chair of the Amanaki STEM Academy, the chair of the Pacific Education Foundation (Tertiary Education Commission), a Member of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Board.  In 2018, he received the Queen's new year's medal, MNZM, in recognition of his services to the diary industry and the NZ Pacific community.

Clare Buckley

Co-Chair Te Ropu Kaiako Tapuhi, Nurse Educators in the Tertiary Sector (NETS)


Clare has been a NZ registered nurse for over 20 years. Her clinical background is in emergency nursing, but for the last 10 years she has worked in nursing education - initially teaching undergraduate and postgraduate programmes/courses, and since 2019, as Head of School  of Nursing at the Eastern Institute of Technology on the East Coast of the North Island.  In 2019 Clare was elected as the co-Chair of NETS - a national organisation comprising Heads of School / Programme Leads from Schools of Nursing across the whole tertiary education sector. NETS is an important voice in nursing education as it brings together all the Schools of Nursing and is able to advocate and represent nursing education at a national level. In the co-Chair role, Clare brings a nursing education perspective to the various committees she sits on - including the National Nurse Leaders group (NNLg).

Nadine Gray - Te Whakatōhea (MHsc, BN, RN)


Nadine is a registered comprehensive nurse of more than 20 years with advanced clinical practice in adult emergency nursing and leadership roles in clinical education, strategic planning, project management and operational health management.  She is passionate about Maori nursing workforce development that focuses on achieving health equity for whanau Maori.


In 2020, Nadine was awarded a Master of Health Sciences with first class honours from the University of Auckland.  She completed a Kaupapa Maori research project in partnership with Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi that explored the privileging of matauranga Maori and strengthening of cultural identity in nursing education.  Her qualitative research explores nursing education from an indigenous worldview; to inform strategies for future-focused growth of the Maori health workforce and cultural competency.


Nadine currently works at Capital and Coast DHB in a  pro-equity role as Maori Nurse Specialist in Cancer Care Coordination across all blood and cancer services.  The focus of her mahi prioritises and leads change towards models of care that ensure Maori health needs are met.

Chantelle Thompson

Ko Huruiki te maunga

Ko Mokau te awa

Ko Te Uri o Hikihiki te hapu

Ko Ngātiwai te iwi

Ko Whenuaroa te waka taua

Ko Māhuhukiterangi te waka heke

Ko Ngaiotonga me Rongomaraeroa ōku marae

Ko Chantelle Thompson ahau.


  • Recently graduated nursing student from North Tec, Whangarei

  • Class Representative, North Tec

  • Student Representative, Local Advisory Committee

  • Student Representative, North Tec Student Voice Council

  • NZNO National Student Unit, Te Rūnanga Tai Tokerau Representative

  • ACE (Advanced Choice of Employment), Student Representative

My most recent project was as part of a working group that created and distributed a national student survey that sought to understand the effects of COVID-19 on nursing students. 


Following my pass of teh July Nursing Council State Final Examination, I am employed by the Northland District Health Board working on the Acute Surgical Unit where I will complete my Post Graduate Certificate.

Janine Ellison


Janine has been a nurse in a large tertiary hospital for the past 17 years and is currently in a nurse educator role.  She completed her masters of professional practice in 2020 which included an integrative review on the retention of senior ward nurses.