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Kia ora - this is a quick update to thank you for your support and let you know where we’re at with bargaining for our DHB MECA.

We have been negotiating with the DHBs since late last year and one of the most heartening aspects for all of us has been the unwavering messages of support we get from you and other NZNO members and supporters.

Whether via email, through facebook, in photos or face to face - to know you’re backing us makes us stronger in our resolve to get the best deal for all of us. Thank you.

We’ve only got one more day of negotiation planned, on 1 April, and that’s when we expect to hear the DHBs' final offer.

We’ll be bringing that offer for you to decide whether to accept it.

At this stage we’re planning meetings around the country from 23 April. It is absolutely vital that you attend one of these meetings and have your say. This is our MECA!

We’ll be in touch soon with more details.

As always, you can keep up to date with what’s happening on our Facebook page and if you’d like to send a message of support to the negotiating team please email

Nāku noa

Lesley Harry
Industrial adviser for the DHB sector

10 years of our MECA! Quiz

1.   When was the first national DHB MECA negotiated? 
      a)    1904        b) 2004         c) 2010


2.   How many people signed the 2004 petition calling for fair pay for nurses?  
      a)    26,000         b) 101,000        c) 125,000


3.   How many months did it take to negotiate the very first national DHB MECA? 
      a)    5 months        b) 7 months        c) 12 months 


4.   On average, how much was the pay increase that NZNO members received in that MECA? 
      a)    10%        b) 15%            c) 20% 


5.   Why was the 2004 Fair Pay campaign successful? 
      a)    A great bargaining team
      b)    A government worried that NZNO members would take strike action
      c)    A unified membership who were committed to getting the outcome they deserved


6.   What was the average salary for a new grad nurse before the 2004 MECA? 
      a)    $30,000        b) $35,000        c) $37,000


7.   What is a level 1 nurse paid now?
    a)    $43,456         b) $45,324        c) $47,528


8.    How many NZNO members are covered by our current MECA? 
      a)    10,000         b) 20,000        c) 26,000


9.   Name three things we’re negotiating in the 2015 DHB MECA


10.   What can you do to get a good deal in 2015? 
       a)    Attend meetings and get your colleagues to attend as well
       b)    Talk with your colleagues about the importance of our MECA, especially those who have been working in the DHB for less than 10 years
       c)    Be prepared to participate in collective action; it could be anything from signing a petition, going on a march or talking to politicians about your work

Click here to download answers (pdf)