Nurse Practitioners in Northland

Nurse practitioners are expert nurses who work within a specific area of practice incorporating advanced knowledge and skills. They practise both independently and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to promote health, prevent disease and to diagnose, assess and manage people’s health needs.

They provide a wide range of assessment and treatment interventions, including differential diagnoses, ordering, conducting and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests, and administrating therapies for the management of potential or actual health needs. They work in partnership with individuals, families, whanau and communities across a range of settings.

Nurse practitioners prescribe medicines within their specific area of practice. Nurse practitioners also demonstrate leadership as consultants, educators, managers and researchers, and actively participate in professional activities, and in local and national policy development.

Nurse Practitioners are Authorised Prescribers

Nurse practitioners are authorised prescribers under the Medicines Amendment Act 2013.

The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Regulations 2014 allows nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled drugs within their scope of practice for:

  • Up to one month's supply for Class A and B controlled drugs
  • Up to three month's supply for Class C controlled drugs.

(Prior to 1 July 2014 nurse practitioners could prescribe from a set list of drugs, in an emergency, for up to three days).

Non-Prescribing Nurse Practitioners Registered Prior to 1 July 2014

Prior to 1 July 2014, nurse practitioners may have been registered without prescribing. From 1 July 2014, this group of non-prescribing nurse practitioners have a condition in the nurse practitioner scope of practice identifying they are unable to prescribe. The condition reads “must not prescribe as an authorised prescriber (nurse practitioner)”.

Nurse Practitioner Qualifications

To register for the nurse practitioner scope of practice, the following qualifications are required:

  • Registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand in the registered nurse scope of practice; and
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in a specific area of practice; and
  • The completion of an approved clinical master’s degree programme which includes a demonstration of the competencies for advanced practice and prescribing applied within a defined area of practice of the nurse practitioner. The programme must include relevant theory and concurrent practice; or
  • The completion of an equivalent overseas clinically-focused master’s degree qualification which meets the requirement specified above; and
  • Passing an assessment by an approved panel against the nurse practitioner competencies.
Continuing Competence Requirements.

Every 3 years, prescribing nurse practitioners will be required to provide evidence that they have maintained competence when they apply for their practising certificate. This evidence includes:

  • Ongoing peer review of their prescribing practice by an authorised prescriber; and
  • A minimum of 40 hours per year of professional development over a 3 year period; and
  • A minimum of 40 days per year of ongoing nursing practice over a 3 year period within their defined area.
Advice for Aspiring Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioner Profiles - Te Tai Tokerau, Northland
  Adrianne Murray
  • Iwi: Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi
  • NP area of practice: Primary health care – Whanau Ora (2005)
  • Employed by: Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika
  • Based: Kaitaia/ East Coast of Northland
Click here to read more about Adrianne.
  Helen Topia
  • Iwi: Ngāti Whatua
  • Iwi connections: Te Rarawa and Whakatohea
  • NP area of practice: High dependency nursing primary health care – Adult and chronic disease management (2006)
  • Employed by: Coast to Coast Health, AUT
  • Based: Northland/ North Shore
Click here to read more about Helen. 
   Rhoena Davis
  • Iwi: Ngati Kahu, Te Rarawa, Ngati Hine and Ngati Manu - Nga Puhi Nui Tonu
  • NP area of Practice: Whanau Ora (2010)
  • Employed by: Whangaroa Health Services Trust
  • Based: Whangaroa
Click here to read more about Rhoena.

Kathryn Menary

  • Iwi: European Maori
  • NP area of practice: Primary health care across the lifespan, with prescribing (2011). Adult & chronic disease management. Special interest in diabetes
  • Employed by: Broadway Health Centre
  • Based: Kaikohe

Click here to read more about Kathryn.


Sarah Waldron    

  • Iwi: Parents are from Yorkshire in the north of England (emigrated to New Zealand in 1954)
  • NP area of practice: Primary Health (2011)
  • Employed by: The Bayview Medical Centre            
  • Based: Paihia

Click here to read more about Sarah.

  Margarita Bartlett
  • Iwi: Maltese
  • NP area of practice: Primary health care across the lifespan (2012)
  • Employed by: Ki A Ora Ngatiwai
  • Based: Kamo

Click here to read more about Margarita.
  Josephine Davis
  • Iwi: Nga Puhi
  • Hapu: Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Kopaki
  • NP area of practice: Chronic conditions (adult)
  • Employed by: Manaia Health PHO
  • Based: Whangarei
Click here to read more about Josephine.
  Catherine Beazley
  • Iwi: Scottish
  • NP area of practice: Primary Health (2013)
  • Employed by: Hauora Hokianga
  • Based: Hokianga
Click here to read more about Catherine.
Annette Rief
  • Iwi: 
  • Hapu: 
  • NP area of practice: Cardiac Care
  • Employed by: Ki A Ora Ngatiwai
  • Based: Kamo
Click here to read more about Annette.
Sue Stebbings
  • Iwi: NZ European
  • Hapu: 
  • NP area of practice: Acute Care Lifespan (2016)
  • Employed by: Northland District Health Board
  • Based: Whangarei Emergency Department
Click here to read more about Sue.
     Tobias Klopper (Toby)
  • Iwi: Scottish
  • NP area of practice: Rural remote practice
  • Employed by: Te Kiku Hauora
  • Based: Kaitaia
   Click here to read more about Toby
  Dickson John 
  • NP area of practice: Primary Health Care across the lifespan
  • Employed by: Kerikeri Medical Centre
  • Based: KeriKeri
  Karen Calnan
  • NP area of practice: Primary Health Care
  • Employed by: Te Whareora O Tikipunga
  • Based: Tikipunga



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