Rhonda Johnson, South Island Representative, is the former Network Committee interim Secretary and Rural Nurses New Zealand (RNNZ) representative. Rhonda is a registered nurse originally from Auckland, now residing in Central Otago since 2002. Rhonda has been nursing since 1996 with her rural journey beginning in 2002 at Dunstan Hospital in Central Otago where she was Charge Nurse for 11 years. Rhonda moved to consultancy in 2017 as a Clinical Health Planner assisting a number of DHB’s and the MoH with health service and facility planning projects where she brings her rural knowledge and experience. She enjoys the diversity and challenge that rurality brings and is committed to supporting NZ rural health services. Rhonda completed a PG Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing in 2005 and later a PG Diploma in Advanced Nursing (merit) through the Rural Institute of Health and Auckland University in 2008. Rhonda is a member of the Rural Nurses NZ executive who aims to increase the rural nurse profile in NZ and facilitate better connections to develop initiatives key to rural nurses in all contexts.