News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


15,000 signatures supporting a better deal for nurses

15,000 signatures supporting a better deal for nurses

NZNO delegates today handed over to district health board multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) lead advocate, Kevin McFadgen 15000 signatures to an open letter supporting a better deal for nurses.

In December, when the NZNO members rejected the first negotiated offer from the DHBs, NZNO launched an online petition in support of its members at

Dear District Health Board Chief Executives

‘Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants are the heart of our public healthcare services. Their skills, hard work and compassion keep all New Zealanders happy, safe, and healthy. I support better pay and healthy workplaces in our public healthcare services for our precious nursing and midwifery teams. Please keep our local health services safe and sustainable by delivering our nurses a better deal.’

NZNO Industrial Adviser Lesley Harry says nurses want to achieve pay rates and conditions that provide for a sustainable workforce and healthy workplaces.

“DHBs will soon confirm a reconstructed offer for members meetings in March. Any new offer needs to deliver improvements on our key issues if it is to be accepted by members,” she said.

Presenting the letter NZNO delegates Sarah Gilbertson and Karen Durham said:

“The pay and conditions for health care workers must improve in order to sustain a quality healthcare service for all New Zealanders.”

“This issue is also about how we recognise and reward our predominately female workforce.”

“The outcome of these negotiations is a reflection on our society and the value we place on health. Well supported health teams improve the health of all New Zealanders.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Three Reasons for Film Fans to Get Netflix

The past two months have finally seen Netflix come into its own, providing the financing for three films that will warm the hearts of cinephiles everywhere - Orson Welles' The Other Side of The Wind, The Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Alfonso Cuarón's Roma. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Rift by Rachael Craw

Rachael Craw's first series, Spark has been extremely well received by the YA community in both Australia and New Zealand (it has a hashtag, #SparkArmy), and The Rift looks like it’s going to be just as popular. More>>

Porn And Teens Report: 'Wake-Up Call' On Sexuality Education

Family Planning: The Office of Film and Literature Classification’s survey of more than 2000 young people about pornography highlights that sexuality education provides an opportunity for a vital counter-narrative to porn that could reach most young New Zealanders... More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland