Elected council members appointed

April 1, 2021

A former NZNO president Marion Guy, a former NZNO board member Maria Armstrong and Filipino nurse Emmanuel Pelayo are the three successful candidates in last year’s Nursing Council elections.

From left to right: Marion Guy, Maria Armstrong and Emmanuel Pelayo.
From left to right: Marion Guy, Maria Armstrong and Emmanuel Pelayo.

Health Minister Andrew Little announced their appointments last month – six months after the elections were held. Thirty-one nurses stood for the three positions, which the profession elects every three years.

Guy served as NZNO president for two terms: 2005-2009 and 2012-2015. She has also been on the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (DHB).

Ngaira Harker and Linda Chalmers
Ngaira Harker and Linda Chalmers

Armstrong, a charge nurse at Auckland DHB, was first elected to the council in the 2017 elections. She was elected to the NZNO board of directors in 2017 and stepped down in 2019.

Pelayo came to New Zealand from the Philippines in 2009. He lives in Auckland and works for community provider Healthcare New Zealand as regional clinical lead for the Northern and Midlands regions.

Little also announced senior academic staff member at Wintec Linda Chalmers and nurse director of Māori Health at Hawkes Bay DHB Ngaira Harker as ministerial appointments to the council.