New Zealand offers to host South Pacific Nurses' Forum.
A paper presented to the May meeting of the board outlined the role of the SPNF. It is an umbrella organisation of the national nurses' association of Western Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tokelau, Palau, Brunei, Nauru, Tahiti, Niue and the Solomon Islands, and meets every two years. Its objectives are to promote health, to improve practice, to develop nurse associations, to advocate for nurses, to promote links and provide mutual support among nurses in the South Pacific and to exchange knowledge.
At the last meeting, in Samoa in 2006, some affiliates asked when NZNO would next host the SPNF. Fiji and Samoa have both hosted a meeting of the SPNF twice since NZNO hosted in 1992. The host country is decided four years in advance, at the relevant meeting. The SPNF meeting in Fiji this October will decide which country will host the 2012 forum. The 2010 SPNF meeting will be in Papua New Guinea.
Two hundred expected to attend
Around 200 nurses could be expected to attend a meeting of the SPNF in New Zealand. The host association is responsible for making all conference arrangements. The demands on NZNO would be similar to those involved in arranging a national conference but with the added dimension of making appropriate arrangements for hosting around 80 nurses from most countries in the South Pacific. A meeting of the region's chief nurses is generally held in conjunction with the SPNF and is arranged by national Ministry of Health.
During discussion on the proposal that NZNO host the 2012 forum, the Midlands BoD representative, Ann McNicol, proposed that Turangawaewae Marae be considered as the venue. It would be appropriate, with the passing of the Maori Queen and the new King.
The actual cost of hosting the SPNF would be mainly covered by the registration fee. The main cost would be in staff time to organise the event.
The board supported the proposal. The venue would be discussed further if New Zealand was selected as the host country.