Media Releases

Entries for 2010

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The Government’s decision ‘in principle’ to privatise ACC does not bode well for New Zealanders says the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO). “The ACC system is not broken, so what exactly is the Government attempting to fix?” says NZNO president Nano Tunnicliff. “NZNO believes that people’s he...

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Whanganui’s Aubert Home of Compassion is the subject of a special sitting of the Employment Relations Authority in Whanganui on Wednesday (December 15). At this sitting the Service and Food Workers’ Union and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation will seek to persuade the Authority to settle a two-yea...

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22
A poll revealing that most New Zealanders feel worse off following the tax cuts introduced on October 1, does not bode well for the health of the country’s most vulnerable, according to NZNO. “We know already that many families can’t afford to go to the doctor when they need to, and this poll indic...

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The closure of health services in Taihape makes a mockery of the Government’s commitment to “better, sooner, more convenient” health care, according to NZNO. “The closure means that in the weeks leading up Christmas, at least 20 Taihape families must find care for their loved ones outside the town....

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The Serious and Sentinel Events Report released today (November 17) demonstrates, yet again, that having enough appropriately skilled staff to provide safe care, is crucial in preventing patients dying or suffering a serious disability while in hospital, according to the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisa...

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Samoan nurses who returned to Samoa to assist in the aftermath of last year’s devastating tsunami were honoured in an emotional ceremony at the 15th South Pacific Nurses’ Forum in Auckland today (November 10). The third day of the forum, attended by more than 300 delegates from 12 Pacific nations, h...

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10
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates the South Island Neurosurgery Expert Panel for its holistic solution to keeping safe, high quality and sustainable neurosurgery services for all South Islanders. “The Expert Panel has listened to the community and clinicians and has come up wi...

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09
The difficulties facing nurses in Fiji were the focus of a presentation by the general secretary of the Fiji Nursing Association, Kuini Lutua, at the South Pacific Nurses’ Forum in Auckland today. Lutua, who is in her third term as general secretary, said health cuts in Fiji had created chaos. She s...

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08
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), as a professional organisation and trade union with a 95 percent women membership, is appalled at the deterioration in female participation in governance, professional and public life, as revealed in a Human Rights Commission report released today. The 201...

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08
More than 300 nursing leaders from 12 Pacific nations will gather in Auckland on Monday (November 8) for the opening of the 15th biennial South Pacific Nurses’ Forum (SPNF), last held in New Zealand in 1992. The opening day will feature speeches from the president of the International Council of Nur...

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Posted in: NZNO News
03
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) heartily applauds members of the Māori Affairs Select Committee on their recommendations resulting from the inquiry into the tobacco industry in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the consequences of tobacco use for Māori. “We know the tobacco industry doesn’t like...

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03
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is amazed that even though 98 percent of submissions to the select committee were against voluntary student unions the government is still pushing ahead with the Education (Freedom of Association) Bill. NZNO believes if the bill is passed it will be disastr...

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02
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) believes new nursing graduates need to be employed to ensure the future of the nursing workforce. Recent media reports indicate some district health boards (DHBs) are not employing as many new graduate nurses as in previous years. The recession has meant l...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is extremely concerned that the Government has sold off the rights of New Zealand workers to big business. Legislation passed in parliament today makes all those who work for the film industry contractors rather than employees. “This rushed change to emplo...

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22
The New Zealand Nurses organisation (NZNO) and Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO today presented Associate Minister of Health, Tariana Turia with a special taonga made by nurses and health care workers from all around the country. The taonga is part of the Te Rau Kōkiri campaign, which is seeking pay pari...

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22
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is delighted nurse practitioners (NPs) are now able to complete medical certificates for sickness beneficiaries. The Ministry of Social Development recently included NPs among the health practitioners able to complete medical certificates for Sickness Benef...

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21
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) supports Health Minister, Tony Ryall’s statement that he will not reconsider the rights of health unions to take strike action. He has said that laws allowing medical workers to take strike action will neither be reviewed nor changed. “Health workers never...

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20
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is holding paid union meeting in district health boards (DHBs) right around the country to support national Fairness at Work actions happening today. “It’s often difficult for nurses to attend rallies and events during work hours due to the nature of their...

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15
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) fully supports the findings and recommendations of a major report into aged care, launched today (Friday, October 15) by the Green Party, the Labour Party, and Grey Power. “The report vindicates the concerns NZNO has been expressing for years – that all is...

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Posted in: Aged Care
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) recently passed a remit to support the removal of GST from healthy food. “One of NZNO’s strategic aims is to oppose injustice and inequality wherever it impacts on the health and well-being of New Zealanders. Removing GST from healthy food would certainly ...

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24
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is encouraging its members to vote for nurses who are standing for election to district health boards (DHB). President Nano Tunnicliff says nurses are the frontline health professionals with the greatest knowledge of patients’ needs and with the best under...

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20
Hundreds of people have expressed their concern that proposed changes to sick leave provisions will impact on children’s health and welfare, as well as workers’ rights. The Holidays Amendment Bill will allow employers to require staff to provide a medical certificate after just one day’s sick leave...

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A former president of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and current member of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board and the National Health Board, Marion Guy, has been awarded NZNO’s top honour. Guy, a long-time practice nurse and emergency department nurse at Tauranga Hospital, served a...

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Posted in: NZNO News
16
Janice Wenn, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāti Moe, Ngāti Hinewaka is the latest recipient of Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO’s prestigious Akenehi Hei Award. The award is for a significant contribution to Māori health. A nurse with a long career in nursing, nursing management, cultural safety and hauo...

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Posted in: NZNO News
13
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is deeply concerned about the absence of aged-care workers’ or residents’ perspectives in a major report on residential aged-care services, released yesterday. “The Aged Residential Care Service Review is being hailed as a collaborative approach by the sec...

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Posted in: Aged Care
01
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) believe the government’s proposed changes to sick leave will affect children’s health and welfare, as well as workers’ rights. The two organisations have joined forces to oppose the legislation, introduced t...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) believes the government’s package of liquor law reforms focuses too much on young people, while ignoring the impact of alcohol abuse on those aged over 20. NZNO president Nano Tunnicliff says that clearly there is a culture of heavy among young people and ...

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05
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned about the widening gap between men’s and women’s pay. The latest Quarterly Employment Survey shows the gender pay gap has increased to 12.81 percent, up half a percent from the last quarter. “Ninety-five percent of our members are women so an...

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Posted in: Pay Equity
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) supports Te Wiki o Te Reo, Māori Language Week and embraces this year’s theme Te Mahi Kai, The Language of Food. The theme fits perfectly with Te Reo classes held at NZNO’s national office in Wellington every week. “Our weekly Te Reo classes always includ...

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Posted in: NZNO News
22
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has welcomed the appointment of one of its former presidents, Jane O’Malley, as chief nurse. The Ministry of Health’s Deputy Director-General of Sector Capability and Innovation, Margie Apa, announced the appointment today and O’Malley, currently director o...

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22
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s (NZNO) commitment to women’s rights and women’s health will be seen on the streets of Wellington tomorrow (July 23) with staff collecting for Women’s Refuge annual appeal. “Assisting the work of Women’s Refuge is one way of showing our commitment to the well-be...

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21
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) believes an ultimatum to staff at the Otaihape Health Trust in Taihape to take a 30 percent pay cut to ensure health services can continue is outrageous. NZNO industrial adviser Rob Haultain said no district health board (DHB)  in New Zealand expected...

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19
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) warns that labour changes announced by the Government today will affect all New Zealanders. “Extending the 90 day trial to all employers will effect more than workers,” said NZNO CEO Geoff Annals. “Changes to the 90 day trial period will mean that any new...

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15
ACC’s ‘blame and shame’ approach won’t work A “blame and shame” approach to health and safety in large businesses will benefit no-one, according to NZNO president Nano Tunnicliff. Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) Minister Nick Smith announced yesterday that businesses paying more than $10,0...

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30
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) will be at parliament today to support Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa/New Zealand (SNANZ) when they submit to the Maori Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the tobacco industry. Member of SNANZ and NZNO kaiwhakahaere, Kerri Nuku is in complete agreement with ...

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30
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) president Nano Tunnicliff is proud to be one of the 450 doctors and nurses to sign the petition and take a public stand to highlight the damage from heavy drinking and promote a solution based on credible research. She explains why the issue is so importan...

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24
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s (NZNO) Primary Health Care Nurses conference – “Changing Face, Revolutionising the face of primary health care" runs this weekend in Auckland. NZNO Professional Nursing Advisor, Angela Clark explains why the conference is so significant: “The NZNO has risen to...

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Enrolled nurses from throughout New Zealand and Australia are preparing to attend the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) National Enrolled Nurse Section Conference in Dunedin from the 30 June at the University of Otago. The Conference is being opened by the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, and N...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is preparing to celebrate World Smokefree Day – a global event that draws attention to the effects of smoking, on Monday 31 May. NZNO kaiwhakahaere, Kerri Nuku is a member of Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa New Zealand (SNANZ) and is NZNO’s spokesperson for Smok...

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19
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that decisions being made in the health sector by Southern Health and by merging Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), are removing nursing leadership from the region. “The reduction in nursing leadership across these sectors will increase fina...

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18
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that significant changes being planned by West Coast District Health Board (DHB) will have no input from the communities it serves. NZNO Industrial Organiser Christin Watson says that nursing staff only found out last night that the deadline f...

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18
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) warns that unless the Government increases health spending in the 2010 Budget by at least $600 million, New Zealanders can expect wide ranging cuts to health services. “Our spending on health is far from extravagant when compared with other developed count...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) today proudly celebrates International Nurses Day, which falls on the anniversary of the birth of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale. The theme for this year is “Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care” and the...

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05
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is today celebrating International Midwives Day and congratulates midwives for their important contribution to the health and well-being of mothers and babies. The theme of this year’s Midwives Day is “The world needs midwives now more than ever”. “Midwive...

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Posted in: Midwifery
04
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes Anthony Hill as the new Health and Disability Commissioner. “We look forward to working with Mr Hill in his new role” said NZNO President Nano Tunnicliff, “Mr Hill has had many years experience within the Ministry of Health and his understanding o...

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03
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased that the independent audit into Cranford Hospice has acknowledged the personal commitment staff have shown over a difficult time. “Essentially, the report into Cranford Hospice has shown that leadership has been lacking. NZNO is looking forward ...

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03
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia for backing the rise in tobacco taxes yesterday. “If the revenue raised from higher tobacco taxes is used specifically for programmes to support smokers to quit then it will be a win-win situation.” sai...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased that the Government has kept its election promise and clarified changes to the status and qualifications of Enrolled Nurses said Chair of NZNO Enrolled Nurses Section, Robyn Hewlett. “Enrolled Nurses are a valuable part of the health workforce a...

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Posted in: Enrolled Nurses
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased to see that the Law Commission’s report into the alcohol industry has come out strongly in favour of reducing the harm caused by alcohol. “Raising alcohol prices, restricting the hours that alcohol can be sold, reducing marketing and advertising...

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Posted in: Public Health
21
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) today presented to the Māori Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the tobacco industry. The professional association, which represents 45,000 members, believes nurses have a huge role to play in helping Māori, as well as other Kiwis, quit smoking and NZNO...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is alarmed at the government’s plans for public-private partnerships (PPPs) for our prisons and schools. The government indicated before the 2008 election that it was open to PPPs and announced recently its plans for a new private prison and a PPP built sc...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling on the Government to help solve the problems in the aged care sector. “In the last couple of days we have seen a report on aged care facilities from Mid-Central health which shows that failures in residential aged care facilities are often major...

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09
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the holistic approach to community health proposed in the Whānau Ora report, but expresses concern about possible impacts on existing services when funding is shifted. “Public health, primary health, child health and mental health services are alr...

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08
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) supports the new ALAC campaign aimed at reducing alcohol harm. The campaign focuses on the things that people can do to look after themselves, and the people they care about, around alcohol. South Canterbury Nurse Practitioner Sarah Patrick applauds the n...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased to announce that its members have reached an agreement with District Health Boards (DHBs) for a National Terms of Settlement (NToS). For the first time, key health unions, including NZNO, negotiated together with DHBs for common and individual i...

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Posted in: Pay Equity
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Nurses Concerned by Proposed Ministry of Health Changes The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is very concerned by the changes the Ministry of Health has signalled it will be making. “Reduction in backroom staff impacts on the frontline workforce. When nurses are needed to spend time doing th...

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09
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is sorry to hear that Director-General of Health, Stephen McKernan, does not intend to seek reappointment beyond his current term. “Stephen McKernan came into position with established credibility in the sector as one who is sincerely committed to excellen...

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03
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the appointment of Chai Chuah to the post of National Director of the new National Health Board. Mr Chuah is well known to the NZNO. “Nurses have had a long, constructive and respectful relationship with Mr Chuah, and we look forward to continuing...

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is appalled by the National governments lack of commitment to addressing the needs of low paid workers in New Zealand. NZNO represents more than 5,000 caregiver members working in residential aged care; some of the poorest paid and most undervalued workers...

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22
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) does not support the suggestion made by the Otago Southland DHB that patients should be able to pay for treatments in public hospitals that are not government funded, as released in a consultation document ‘Bridging the Gap’. The principle of having a dual...

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Posted in: Public Health
15
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has recently completed a snapshot survey of caregivers working in residential aged care which indicates that caregivers are frequently undertaking clinical tasks more appropriately performed by Registered Nurses (RN). The survey of 1000 of NZNO’s 5000 car...

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Posted in: Aged Care

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