Nadine Gray

Te Whakatōhea

RN BN MHSc (1st Class)

Nadine Gray hails from Ōpōtiki and grew up amongst a whānau of nurses and teachers, including her mother, who was the first Māori Nurse Practitioner in Aotearoa, Janet Maloney-Moni.

With over 20 years of experience working in health, Nadine’s nursing career has afforded her the privilege of working at the frontline in emergency nursing, tertiary nursing education, and Māori health strategy and policy in central Government.  Her current mahi as Chief Nursing Officer Te Aka Whai Ora, Māori Health Authority, is a kaupapa established to realise and fulfil the promise of better health outcomes for whānau Māori.  Before this role, Nadine was the Clinical Chief Advisor Nursing at Manatū Hauora, the Ministry of Health and a Principal Advisor Nursing at Te Aka Whai Ora, where she was responsible for co-leading nursing workforce development in partnership with Te Whatu Ora.

Nadine has also previously worked as a Māori Cancer Nurse Specialist supporting whānau Māori in cancer care pathways. In her role, she recognised the need to have Māori clinicians for Māori patients, “It is vital that we drive the growth of the Māori health workforce…we bring both the knowledge of medical practices and the Māori way of being, which provides a level of cultural comfort and safety in a hauora journey for our people.”

Nadine has a Bachelor of Nursing from Wintec, a Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori (level 2) from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, a Master of Health Science (1st class honours) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Distinction) from Waipapa Taumata Rau The University of Auckland.

Nadine is passionate about working collectively through the trusted voices of our people to enable strategies that prioritise and lead the change towards future-focused models of wellbeing that ensure our whānau, hapū, and iwi thrive and flourish.  Her strategic expertise and advocacy in Māori health focuses on hauora Māori solutions that benefit our uri today and tomorrow.  “I am determined to grow the capacity and capability of advanced nursing practice led by Māori nurses to provide a better future for ngā mokopuna”.



Radiation Oncology Targeting Cancer – Nadine Gray

Privileging Mātauranga Māori in Nursing Education: Experiences of Māori student nurses learning within an indigenous university | Nadine Gray

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