Media Releases

Entries for 2011

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) urges Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) not to review the research and decline the option offered by Minister of Health Tony Ryall to rebuild Christchurch and Burwood hospitals using public-private partnerships (PPPs). NZNO CEO Geoff Annals says, ...

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16
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation supports the findings of the Productivity Commission’s Housing Affordability report that was released today. The report concludes that home ownership is now beyond the reach of increasing numbers of New Zealanders. The report says that more new and affordabl...

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24
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) are delighted to see that a key platform of its manifesto on pay equity for health workers in Māori and Iwi health providers has been taken up by the Māori party. Members of the NZNO have been campaigning for some time to achieve fair pay for the work t...

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15
Latest research released from Massey University showing that six out of 10 New Zealand nurses have quit jobs because they are burnt out or because they face unmanageable distress is no surprise to unions representing health professionals. New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Industrial Adviser...

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09
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the release of the Labour Party’s health policy signalling better utilisation of the nursing workforce.  The policy aligns closely with NZNO’s manifesto for the health of all New Zealanders and takes an “ambulance at the top ...

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04
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is mystified by John Keys statement during TVNZ leader’s debate, that there are 1,500 new nurses in the health system. “There is no evidence that there has been an increase in nurses in public hospitals at all. We have seen no meaningful dat...

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26
It’s time for New Zealand to become a leader in reducing health inequities, according to health organisations, but we must start with the here and now. Ten health sector leaders are calling on the government to endorse the political declaration of a World Health Organization (WHO) Conference...

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19
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the release of the Labour Party’s Women’s policy today. The policy outlines Labour’s solutions for equality, opportunity and choice for all women, including closing the gender pay gap, eliminating violence against women and improving maternal menta...

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13
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates members of Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota (SFWU) and the Public Service Association (PSA) for achieving the minimum wage for IHC disability support workers on overnight shifts. The settlement, agreed to by Cabinet yesterday, r...

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17
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) sends its support and solidarity to all the nurses and workers in Fiji. A recent decree devastates employment rights in Fiji and makes workers more vulnerable to abuse from employers and the military Government. “We are extremely concerned to hear of what’...

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17
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is urging the Government to stop supporting the ACT Party’s Bill that would end universal membership of students’ associations. NZNO believes if the bill is passed it will be disastrous for students and for the organisations that will need to provide the s...

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08
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota (SFWU) are preparing to go into negotiations next week with the two biggest residential aged care providers in New Zealand, Oceania and Bupa. NZNO and SFWU represent over 3000 health workers in 101 aged...

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Posted in: Aged Care
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that the Green Paper on vulnerable children released by the Government yesterday may not do enough to raise children out of poverty or stop child abuse. NZNO welcomes the opportunity to be consulted on this important issue but is disappointed a...

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26
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the Health Minister’s announcement today of an extra $800,000 over two years to support the implementation of Care Capacity Demand Management programmes in DHBs. NZNO associate organising manager, Glenda Alexander explains why this funding is so i...

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29
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is celebrating national Enrolled Nurses Day tomorrow (30 June). Chair of NZNO’s Enrolled Nurse section, Robyn Hewlett, explains why there is a lot to celebrate “Last year the Health Minister announced a new broader scope of practice for enrolled nurses. Th...

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Posted in: Enrolled Nurses
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes a bill, launched in Parliament today, that will allow employees to have access to wage and salary information. NZNO Industrial Services Manager, Cee Payne says, “Making information about pay rates public is a good way to ensure fairness. Employers...

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21
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) supports the protest by PSA members working in mental health units across the Auckland region. PSA members are staging a protest in support of workers at the Auckland District Health Board’s, Te Whetu Tawera Mental Health facility who are facing unacceptabl...

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20
Multi-national drug companies must not be able to jeopardise Pharmac’s great work say a raft of health professional groups, including the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, the College of Midwives, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and the New Zealan...

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13
New Zealand’s 1400 strong district nursing workforce has an extensive range of qualifications and skills, has adapted well to changes in the health system and is well placed to meet the challenges facing the health sector in the future, according to just released Ministry of Health-supported researc...

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01
A wide range of New Zealand health professional organisations have voiced their opposition to any changes to current intellectual property and patent provisions concerning medicines being included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). New Zealand and six other countries are currently ne...

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19
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) believes today’s budget will widen the gap between rich and poor in New Zealand. “Already, one in four New Zealand children live in poverty. This zero budget means more New Zealand children will fall below the poverty line and fewer will be able to partici...

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11
Closing the gap: increasing access and equity in health is the theme for International Nurses Day tomorrow 12 May – Florence Nightingale’s birthday. New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) president Nano Tunnicliff said the links between poverty and ill health were fundamental nursing issues. “Nurse...

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11
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the College of Emergency Nurses are very concerned to hear comments made by Dr Branko Sijnja that emergency departments should “start turning people away if they turn up at the emergency department with minor ailments”. NZNO professional nursing adviso...

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05
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the Government’s announcement that an extra $32 million is being spent on maternity services. $21.3 million will be spent on increasing the number of WellChild visits for first time mothers. NZNO professional nursing advisor, Kate Weston says, “W...

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04
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) celebrates International Day of the Midwife tomorrow (5 May). Over 340,000 women worldwide die each year, with millions more suffering infection and disability, as a result of preventable maternal causes, with 90 percent of those deaths occurring in develo...

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13
The New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation (NZNO) acknowledges the Government’s concern about child abuse, with its proposed legislation creating a new offence for failing to protect a child or vulnerable adult. But NZNO believes the Government’s proposals are an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff appro...

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07
NZNO has given a cautious welcome to today’s (April 7) Ministerial announcement that a group of registered nurses working in diabetes health will be able to independently prescribe medications for their patients. Minister of Health Tony Ryall said specialist diabetes nurses working in Auckland, Haw...

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31
New laws that allow employers to sack any worker in their first 90 days in a job, without any reason and without the right of appeal, and limit union access to worksites come into force tomorrow. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota (SFWU) urg...

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30
NZNO has welcomed the expansion of the voluntary bonding scheme for nursing and other health graduates to include mental health and aged care. Minister of Health Tony Ryall this week announced that graduates wanting to join the scheme would get priority if they chose to work in either of these speci...

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15
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates the Government on its response to the bold Māori Affairs Select Committee report that calls for a Smokefree New Zealand / Aotearoa by 2025. NZNO kaiwhakahaere, Kerri Nuku says the report’s recommendations are victory for all New Zealanders. ...

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14
More than 40 percent of nurses aged under 30 say the realities of nursing differ from their expectations, in particular the emotional challenge of nursing is more than they expected and the pay progression less. More than half of young nurses feel they are not appropriately paid for their roles and ...

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09
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), Māori nurses, emergency nurses and mental health nurses have all called on the government to get much tougher on New Zealand’s “disastrous drinking culture”. Speaking on the Alcohol Reform Bill at the Justice and Electoral Select Committee today [March 9]...

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07
NZNO president, Nano Tunnicliff and kaiwhakahaere, Kerri Nuku have sent a message of support to Christchurch women who have lost or are likely to lose their jobs in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake. “On International Women’s Day [March 8], we want to acknowledge that working women have ...

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17
Cancer nurses have endorsed associate professor John Carter’s call for greater use of nurse practitioners (NP) in cancer care. Speaking on Morning Report this week, associate professor Carter, who is also clinical leader of Capital and Coast’s Blood and Cancer Centre, talked of a severely stretched...

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15
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) warns that the “mega-treaty”, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), is a potential threat to New Zealand’s health system and urges the government to release the text of the agreement. NZNO president Nano Tunnicliff is critical of the secrecy surr...

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11
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) believes the Prime Minister’s speech to Parliament today (February 8) is a thinly veiled agenda for privatisation and cuts to services. “His speech is long on rhetoric but short on real action to address the growing inequalities in our society,” says NZNO ...

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03
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) sends it congratulations to Horowhenua’s newest health clinic, the “Waiting-List Clinic”, which opens its door today. Central Primary Health Organisation (PHO) clinical director and director of nursing at MidCentral DHB, Chiquita Hansen says that a shortag...

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