Heather Laxon:
BHSc (Nursing)
PG Dip HSc (Youth Health)

I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Youth Health at Counties Manukau Health, my role involves supporting nurses working in School Based Health Clinics in South Auckland and having input into youth service development.  Prior to my current role I spent 10 years working as a Registered Nurse at Mangere College.  I come from a  background in emergency and public health nursing.

I am passionate about supporting school nurses and recognize that many of us work in isolated and difficult situations.  I have a Post Grad Certificate in Professional Supervision and am able to offer supervision to school nurses as part of my role.  I am also a member of the SHARP (School Health Awareness Raising Project) which aims to support and raise the profile of school nurses through producing documents such as the "Guide to Employing a Registered Nurse within a Secondary School Setting 2016"

I look forward to further supporting school nurses through my role as president of the ASNG.


Kerrie Salwey: 
RN, PG Dip Youth Health 

Registered Nurse Designated Prescriber Community Health

Representing Eastern Cluster

I am in my 7th year of school nursing at Aorere College and have worked in two other South Auckland schools prior to this position. I am challenged by but also enjoying a recent move into the lead role.  My background nursing is mainly emergency care where I have worked concurrently for many years.


I am passionate about youth health and love making the differences on a daily basis to enable better health outcomes, independence, and improved opportunities for learning and the future of our students. 

Tracey Stanners:
Correspondence Secretary 
Representing Southern Cluster

I have been working as a Youth Health nurse at Manurewa High School in South Auckland for 13 years and thoroughly enjoy the experience of working with youth.  I provide leadership and support to three other nurses while gaining knowledge and support from experienced nurses whom I work alongside.

Before working in Youth Health my background history was Orthopedics and Rehabilitation which has helped in my current clinic setting.

I enjoy supporting youth in building confidence, self-esteem, and self-management to achieve better health outcomes.


Anita Wicks


BHSc (Midwifery)

PG Cert HSc (Youth Health)


Representing Northern Cluster


I’ve been a registered nurse for over 35 years including an exciting period as an independent midwife. After having a family I moved to school nursing at Kingsway School, I have been in this role for ten years and am currently the lead nurse of a team of three. I have developed a real passion and love for young people and gain great satisfaction in supporting them on a daily basis with their health challenges.

I function as Northern Cluster Representative for the ASNG and believe the support and assistance the organisation brings to Auckland school nurses is a valuable resource.


Ann Riley


Representing Central Cluster

I am a Registered Comprehensive Nurse with 20 yrs experience. I have over 10 years of experience working in schools. I am currently employed at St Marys College and exec.rep. for central cluster. I feel the role of the school nurse youth health worker involves supporting and  developing students ownership of heath needs and enabling  students to understand processes of care ,how ,when and where to get help. This then empowers the student creating confidence which will help them when leaving school 


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