Whakapapa - about us

Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Māori o Aotearoa, the National Council of Māori Nurses, was set up as an incorporated society in 1983, with a registered membership of 300, predominantly Māori nurses and community workers. The council was established in 1983, with support from the Mana Motuhake Māori political party. The issue of health services provided to Māori patients by hospitals under the control of the Auckland Hospital Board was raised at a Mana Motuhake hui in Auckland in 1983. The major concern was that Māori patients were not receiving appropriate hospital care, and this was exacerbated by a shortage of Māori nurses. Two Māori nurses present at the hui, Linda Erihe and Turuhira Cunningham, organised a meeting of registered Māori nurses living in Auckland to enable further discussion of the issues by nurses.

Our purpose and values

Te Kaunihera o ngā Neehi Māori is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of whanau.

Waerea Te Ara - Our Kaupapa

Waerea te ara ki te ora
Clearing the way toward total health and wellbeing

Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Maori tohu

This tohu was designed by Anaru Vercoe which was the second one for the National Council of Māori Nurses.


In 2001 John Vercoe and Te Ururoa Flavell were accompanying the Māori tauira nurses Hui from Waiariki to Nelson.