Margareth Broodkoorn, of Ngāpuhi and Dutch whakapapa, is believed to be the first Ministry of Health chief nurse of Māori descent.

Her appointment follows the resignation of Dr Jane O’Malley, who left the Ministry in February to take up the role of Plunket’s first chief nurse.

She has been director of nursing and midwifery at Northland DHB since 2010 and has been the national sponsor lead  for the DHB nursing leaders for Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō, the national Maori nursing and midwifery workforce development programme. She is also an executive member of the National Council of Māori nurses.

Broodkoorn graduated as nurse from one of the last hospital-based training programmes at the former Greenlane Hospital School of Nursing. She has a Master of Health Science (Nursing) with 1st class honours from the University of Auckland. Apart from a variety of clinical nursing roles, she had education roles at MIT and University of Auckland specialising in kawa whakaruruhau (cultural safety) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi training.

From education she progressed into management and leadership roles as the assistant director of nursing Māori with Auckland DHB, managed a Māori health provider service, and had returned home to Hokianga as a community development manager before taking up the Northland DHB director role in 2010.

Broodkoorn will join the Ministry in early February.

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