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Health consultant/nurse academic

Taima (Tukukino) Campbell (Ngati Tamatera, Ngati Maru)

RGON, Cert. Cl Tcgh (Maori); MHSc (Nsg)
Director, Hauraki Health Consulting

I am the Director for Hauraki Health Consulting Ltd, my own company and part-time professional teaching fellow for the School of Nursing, University of Auckland. I was previously the Executive Director of Nursing for the Auckland District Health Board for 10 years and part of the executive management team. As a registered nurse, I have over 30 years of experience in child health, Maori / public health and nursing leadership.

I have been the Co-Chair of the Board for the College of Nurses Aotearoa for over 7 years. The College of Nurses Aotearoa has a Treaty-based constitution, which is reflected in the composition and governance of the College. I became a member of the College over 10 years ago because I was encouraged to speak up about issues that were important to me without any barriers. I think this was how I ended up on the Board. The Board and Chairs, work with the Executive Director, Dr Jenny Carryer and the admin team to ensure College activity is aligned to our strategic goals and that we operate the College, an incorporated society, in an ethical and sustainable manner.

I have been a member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal for over 7 years and more recently joined the Maori Advisory Group to the New Zealand Nursing Council. I am a recent member of the governance board for Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki and the Hauraki Primary Health Organisation (PHO) operating in the Thames/ Coromandel area. I am also the Programme Manager for Nga Manukura o Apopo – a Ministry of Health funded national Maori nursing and midwifery leadership development programme. I have contributed to workforce development strategy and initiatives in nursing and Maori health workforce development locally and nationally. I am actively involved in professional nursing issues and an advocate for tobacco control and nursing involvement in policy development and legislation. I believe nurses have a responsibility to speak up and take a more pro-active role in the way society responds to the needs of our communities.

I am currently undertaking a post-graduate diploma in business (Maori Development) at the Business School, University of Auckland. The programme includes courses in business administration, law and Maori development. I believe that better health outcomes for Maori can be achieved through education, employment and economic development. This is what motivates me to learn and hopefully apply what I learn in practice.

My main advice: let your values be your guide and don’t be afraid to stand up for what you think is important.