Kerri Nuku, candidate for DHB

Local Body Elections are coming up soon and it’s important that we all vote. One of our Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trustees, Kerri Nuku, is a candidate for the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. “I have over 20 years practical experience and I am standing for the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board because you deserve the right care.” Kerri Nuku.

The local body elections run from Friday 16 September to 12pm Saturday 8 October 2016. You should receive your voting papers in the mail between 16 – 21 September.


Who is Kerri Nuku

Born and raised in Napier I moved to Hastings nearly 30 years ago when I married. I live in Hastings with my husband, six children, son in law and two beautiful grandchildren.


I am the President of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation which represents and advocates for over 47,500 nurses across New Zealand. I was elected in 2009 and have stood unopposed for the past 3 elections. I have worked as a nurse and midwife in Hawkes Bay for over 20 years and absolutely loved working for our communities.

Experience / Community involvement

I am a very vivid sports parent and along with my husband spend the week days and weekends watching and supporting our children to their different sporting events. I was a Ministry appointment to the Trustee for Te Aute College and now an elected representative. I am a Trustee on Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust, and member of the DHB Māori Relationship Board to the District Health Board, a member of the Clinical Council. I a member of other focus groups. I am also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Why I am standing

I am standing for the Hawkes Bay District Health Board because:

  • I believe I can make a difference by taking practice experience and local knowledge and making the best decisions for our community.
  • I believe that we need to invest and plan for our health future.
  • We should not be one of the worst performing DHB’s in the country for faster cancer treatment, we must ensure faster access to services.
  • Everyone deserves the right care when you need it, regardless of where you live.


New Zealand Nurses Organisation


You can contact Kerri at

Authorised by: S. Nuku & E. Black, Taihape Road, Hastings.

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