Media Releases

Entries for 2012

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10 December 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that, despite the Prime Minister’s previous assurances that the fundamentals of New Zealand’s drug buying agency Pharmac would be protected during trade talks, the opposite appears to be the case. This weekend th...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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29 November 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased to see the recommendations made in the ‘Status of Waikato DHB Women’s Health' report. NZNO professional nursing adviser, Kate Weston says, “The DHB needs to implement the interim measure of rostering...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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26 November 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says that extensive discussion between unions and Waikato DHB has failed to reassure nurses and allied health staff that their work is taken seriously by the DHB. The DHB is proposing to cut eight staff at a specialist rehabilitation car...

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22 November 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the 2011/12 Serious and Sentinel events report “Making our hospitals safer”. The report contains the serious adverse events that have happened in hospitals over the past year. This year’s report shows that the ...

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30 October 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says the Government’s announcement that it will introduce legislation before year’s end to amend the Employment Relations Act 2000 is a bad move that will be bad for workers. NZNO industrial adviser, Susan Stewart says, “...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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26 October 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that the Government is undertaking a sweeping review of the Act that regulates health professionals in New Zealand. The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA) sets in place independent Councils for the sole purpo...

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24 October 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the Service and Food Workers Union: Nga Ringa Tota (SFWU) are hopeful that quality care for older New Zealanders is a step closer today, after a successful select committee presentation. Last year over 11000 New Zealanders signed a ch...

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15 October 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is dismayed to learn of the closure of an important youth health Service. WAVES is a one stop youth health service that provides a range of health and social services to more than 3000 young people in New Plymouth. NZNO associate professio...

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11 October 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) strongly opposes the further recruitment of US physician assistants. NZNO professional services manager, Susanne Trim says, "We are disappointed that following a flawed and poorly evaluated 'demonstration' at just one District...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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11 October 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) believes the Government’s White Paper for Vulnerable Children is a good start but has serious concerns regarding its focus on the ‘problem’ and not on its prevention. NZNO is concerned that there is little mention of the ...

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  30 September 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has completed research into the experiences of Internationally Qualified Nurses (IQNs) working in New Zealand.   Dr Jill Clendon, NZNO’s Nursing Policy Advisor/Researcher; “The key findings were that discrimina...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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28 September 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) believes the role of drug-buying agency PHARMAC will change radically under the terms of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated between 11 Asian and Pacific-rim countries including the United States and...

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Posted in: Public Health
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31 August 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), the union and professional voice for nurses, is shocked that Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is considering removing the last after-hours health service in the Porirua area. The DHB made the decision to investigate the possibility of replac...

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30 August 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) took part in the Living Wage campaign launch in Wellington today. Attendees at the launch heard from workers who slave all hours and still don’t make enough to pay the bills. The minimum wage is not enough. As Dr Don Matheson said at...

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23 August 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation congratulates Health Ministers Tony Ryall and Tariana Turia on their firm stand on tobacco control in the face of British American Tobacco's (BAT) campaign to advertise and lobby against plain packaging of cigarettes which it claims is "a...

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16 July 2012: Close to 70 members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota (SFWU) employed at Aranui Home and Hospital start three days of industrial action on Tuesday 17 July. Union members have been negotiating since October last year an...

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12 July 2012: As one of the 80 organisations to contribute their submission to Unicef to collate, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) strongly supports the themes outlined in the ‘What will it take’ paper. It is essential that the government take note of the key messages in the d...

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5 July 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned about the findings of a University of Otago study that reports almost 20 per cent of women were likely to be deterred from accessing healthcare by money pressures. NZNO associate professional services manager, Hilary Graham-Smith...

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5 July 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO agree with Waipareira Trust statements today that Māori and iwi providers “get ‘second class’ treatment compared with non-Māori contractors”. NZNO has been working with Māori and iwi...

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02
29 June 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is celebrating Enrolled Nurses Day on Saturday 30 June. Enrolled nurses are a vital part of the health care team and are employed in health settings throughout New Zealand. “The right mix of registered nurses, enrolled nurses and healt...

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Posted in: Enrolled Nurses
12
12 June 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the Service and Food Workers Union today announced the settlement of a nine-month pay dispute with the Oceania rest home group. SFWU spokesperson Alastair Duncan said the settlement secured a 3.22% pay raise for 1500 union members employ...

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7 June 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased that the Health Research Council (HRC) is funding an important research project, “Māori nurses and smoking – exploring the context and opportunity for change”. The project is a joint venture between Te Runanga o Ao...

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03
3 June 2012: A New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) survey of members working at Auckland DHB has shown shortages of over 120 registered nurse positions, 48 alone at Starship Children’s Hospital. NZNO organiser Craig Muir says, “These shortages are shocking. NZNO members have been te...

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31 May 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is celebrating World Smokefree Day – a global event that draws attention to the effects of smoking, on Thursday 31 May.  NZNO kaiwhakahaere, Kerri Nuku is a member of Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa New Zealand (SNANZ) and is NZNO’...

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27 May 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) commends the Human Rights Commission (HRC) for its excellent report into conditions in the Aged Care sector and is very pleased with the report’s recommendations. The report sends a clear signal to the Government and all New Zealanders t...

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25 May 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) analysis of the health budget released yesterday shows that the Government has not prioritised a healthy New Zealand. NZNO CEO, Geoff Annals says, “The Health Minister’s figures for new health spending and those of independent ana...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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16 May 2012: The NZNO Cancer Nurses Section endorses the initiative announced on the 14 May 2012 by Prime Minister John Key and Health Minister Tony Ryall of employing more cancer care coordinators across New Zealand. NZNO Cancer Nurses Section chair Wendy Thomas says, “This expansion ...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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15 May 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says the changes to employment law announced yesterday will be bad news for workers and the economy. The changes include a change to the Employment Relations Act so that employers are not required to conclude a collective agreement, al...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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15 May 2012: A pre-budget announcement that the Government is funding extra co-ordinating nurses to support those receiving cancer care, that more money is going to elective surgery and that prescription charges are rising is sending mixed messages about health says the New Zealand Nurses Organi...

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11 May 2012: Nurses all around the country are preparing to celebrate International Nurses Day tomorrow (Saturday 12 May). This year’s theme is Closing the Gap: from Evidence to Action and acknowledges the role nurses can play in improving the health of all. International Nurses Day is mar...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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4 May 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) celebrates International Day of the Midwife tomorrow (5 May). NZNO is proud to represent over 700 New Zealand midwives who support thousands of women every year through pregnancy and birth. The organisation advocates for all women to hav...

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Posted in: Midwifery
03
3 May 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), currently being negotiated in secret, has the potential to limit the government's ability to make decisions that are in the best interests of the health of New Zealanders....

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Posted in: Public Health
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12 April 2012: The Government’s decision to put roads before children and families show where their priorities lie says the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO). The health and well-being of parents and babies has proven benefits for businesses and communities and should be the Governmen...

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Posted in: Health Policy
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11 April 2012: Concern about the standards of care being provided to elderly residents in their absence has caused union members to cancel strike action planned for 11 and 12 April. “Both unions gave extended notice of industrial action so Oceania would have plenty of time to make arr...

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Posted in: Industrial Action
04
4 April 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the announcement today that the Government is increasing investment in school-based health services by $10 million over four years. Decile three secondary schools will now have a nurse in every school. Currently, only decile ...

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Posted in: Health Funding
03
3 April 2012: Thirty Oceania run rest homes will take strike action this Thursday 5 April as the long-running pay dispute grows into heartland New Zealand. For the first time, eight rest homes in Gisborne, Whitianga, Pahiatua, Kapiti, Nelson, Stoke and Hawkes Bay will strike for four hours ...

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Posted in: Industrial Action
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30 March 2012: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that a proposal to shut down specialist maternity services in Whanganui and move them to Palmerston North will be a disaster for women, babies and their whanau who live in the area. The proposal also plans to move elective gy...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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22 March 2012: The number of Oceania rest homes taking strike action to achieve a fair pay settlement has grown. Workers at eight more sites have voted to strike, bringing the total to number to 30. Members of the Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU) and New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZN...

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Posted in: Industrial Action
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16 March 2012: Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota (SFWU) employed by Oceania have voted to continue their industrial and community campaign for a fair share of aged care with “picket-nic’s” (Auckland) and...

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Posted in: Industrial Action
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15 March 2012: Members of the Service and Food Workers Union Ngā Ringa Tota and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) from Oceania rest homes around the country voted overwhelmingly today to step up their campaign of industrial action. Hundreds of caregivers, nurses and service workers...

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Posted in: Industrial Action
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12 March 2012: Staff at Oceania rest homes around the country will decide at stopwork meetings on Wednesday whether to extend their nine-month industrial dispute. Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the Service and Food Workers Union, Ngā Ringa Tota (SFWU) will stop wo...

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Posted in: Industrial Action
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7 March 2012: Around 1500 Caregivers, nurses and service workers who are members of the Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota (SFWU) and New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) will escalate their strike action tomorrow  - Wednesday, 7 March. Last week staff in 20 rest homes took...

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Posted in: Industrial Action
07
7 March 2012: As hundreds of rest home workers across the country take strike action today for a fair pay rise the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the Service and Food Workers Union are raising questions about the quality of care delivered to residents during the strike. Union sp...

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Posted in: Industrial Action
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6 March 2012: Following failed mediation earlier today, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota (SFWU) announced a further round of strike action involving up to 1500 Oceania workers to take place this Wednesday, 7 March. Union spokespers...

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Posted in: Industrial Action
02
2 March 2012: New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) members working in all public hospitals have voted to accept a new multi employer collective agreement (MECA). This MECA covers more than 23,000 nurses, midwives and health care assistants. Members voted to ratify the settlement at meetin...

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A full-time, government-funded nurse in every early childhood centre and every school in the country is a central proposal in the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation’s (NZNO) submission on the Government’s Green Paper on Vulnerable Children. This would improve access to health car...

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Posted in: Health Policy
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A national strike by caregivers, nurses and service workers at New Zealand's largest rest home chain, Oceania, will go ahead on Thursday 1 March after mediation talks on Friday failed to produce a solution. The strike, involving up to 1500 members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZN...

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Posted in: Aged Care
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The alarming rise in infectious diseases in the last 20 years, particularly among Maori, Pacific people and the poor, as revealed in just-published research, is a clarion call to all in the health sector, according to New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) associate professional services manager Hil...

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Posted in: Public Health
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Whanganui District Health Board’s proposal to shift specialist maternity services from Whanganui to Palmerston North, is a serious concern, according to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO). The proposed changes would mean women from the Whanganui region requiring specialist maternit...

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The best way of improving quality and safety in New Zealand hospitals is to learn from the serious and sentinel events that occur each year, according to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO). The organisation has congratulated the Health Quality and Safety Commission on Making our Hospital...

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Posted in: Safe Staffing
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling on the government to explain how the cuts to nursing at Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOP DHB) will result in ‘better sooner, more convenient health care’ as the government has promised? BOPDHB has today signalled it has a ...

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Posted in: Health Funding
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There is a real threat to patient and staff safety at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, in light of proposed job cuts announced yesterday (February 17), according to NZNO organiser for the DHB Stephanie Thomas. In a memo to leaders in the DHB’s older persons, mental health and allied ...

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Posted in: Health Funding
02
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates low paid Australian workers in female dominated areas like aged care who will receive big pay rises after an historic equal pay decision by the Fair Work Australia workplace tribunal. The equal pay case was supported by the Gillard Governm...

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Posted in: Pay Equity
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Rest home workers employed by the Radius group will attend stopwork meetings tomorrow to vote on strike action. Meetings will take place in Dunedin, Christchurch, New Plymouth, Hawkes Bay, Hamilton, Auckland and Northland. The meetings follow six months of negotiations with Radius over a sta...

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Posted in: Aged Care

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