Office of the Chief Nurse

Lorraine Hetaraka: Chief Nursing Officer

Lorraine Hetaraka (Tapuika, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Kahu) joined the Ministry on 15 March.

Lorraine has been the Chief Executive of Te Arawa Whānau Ora for the last year and has made a significant contribution to Māori and other high-needs populations’ wellbeing in the communities this organisation supports. 

Lorraine has a strong clinical and academic background in nursing leadership. She started her career as a registered nurse and then progressed into roles as a Nursing Leader and Nursing Director accountable for strategy, workforce planning, policy and primary health care delivery. This included working for the National Hauora Coalition and Procare Health and Homecare Medical. She was also joint Associate Director of Nursing: Māori at Auckland District Health Board and the University of Auckland for four years.

Jane Bodkin: Clinical Chief Advisor – Nursing

Jane is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters in Public Policy from the School of Government, Victoria University where her thesis related to competency-based workforce development in nursing.

She also has a Masters in Nursing, Massey University, 2014 and a Bachelor of Arts, in History and Political Science, University of Otago.

Jane has previously worked in a variety of clinical roles in mental health and addictions nursing.  

Jane came to the Office from her role as Senior Nurse in the Consultation Liaison Team, Wellington Regional Public Hospital, Capital and Coast DHB.

Jane's portfolios are mental health and addictions, nurse practitioners and enrolled nurses, and  implementation of the 8 eights of Parliament that were changed to enable nurses and other health practitioners to carry out certain functions that previously only medical practitioners could do. She is also working on growing and supporting the Māori nursing workforce with Ramai Lord, Senior Advisor.

Pam Doole: Clinical Chief Advisor – Nursing

Pam Doole has held senior nursing leadership roles at the Ministry of Health, Nursing Council of New Zealand and Hutt Valley District Health Board.

Pam joined the Chief Nurses Office, Ministry of Health in 2020. Prior to this she worked for the Nursing Council in a variety of roles. Most recently she was Director of Strategic Programmes and advised the Council on its preparation of registered nurses to meet the health needs of all New Zealanders and the improvements to the registration process for internationally qualified nurses including using an evidence base for English language standards and assessment. Other projects included the Code of Conduct for nurses, the review of the enrolled nurses scope of practice and a framework for expand practice for registered nurses.

Before joining the Council she was Director of Nursing at Hutt Valley DHB and the professional development and recognition programme coordinator. She has also worked as a nurse in various clinical areas at Wellington Hospital. Pam has a Bachelor of Arts in history, a Diploma in Nursing and a Master’s in philosophy (Nursing) (with Distinction).

Ramai Lord: Clinical Senior Advisor – Nursing

Ramai is an experienced registered nurse with a unique and extensive background in Māori health and primary health care. She has a BA in Māori and Indigenous Studies and Te Reo, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences. She is currently completing her Masters of Health Science (Nursing Clinical). Ramai is of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāi Tahu, Te Whānau-a-Apanui and Ngāti Porou descent.

Ramai’s portfolio in particular will hold specific responsibility for advancing the Office’s Māori Workforce Development Plan.

Debra BeggDebra Begg: Senior Executive Assistant – Office of the Chief Nurse

Debra joined the Ministry of Health in September 2017. She comes to us from the private sector, where she worked in debt collection for 18 years. During her time there she worked in administration, recruitment, IT, and in the contact centre and as a team leader.

She brings experience gained through working with people from varied social and ethnic backgrounds and is skilled at defusing difficult situations.

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