Media Releases

Entries for 2013

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20 December 2013 Unions representing thousands of aged care workers have begun legal proceedings under the Equal Pay Act against the countries’ major rest home chains. Unions claim that the very low pay endemic in the residential aged care sector is because of the gender of the workers in t...

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Posted in: Aged Care
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11 December 2013 The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is deeply disappointed with the report released today by the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee about the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. Government members of the committee have recommended that the Bill proceed with...

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4 December 2013 The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) National Student Unit and Te Runanga Tauira rōpū are concerned that newly graduated nurses all around the country are fearful of not getting a job as a registered nurse and feel powerless to change the situation. Student nurses and leaders...

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2 December 2013 The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has learned that the reason why all first year graduate doctors have found positions is because the Government has paid hospitals to take them. This year 24 new doctors were “surplus to requirements” until the Government stepped...

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21 November 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says the Serious Adverse Events report released today is a good way of learning from mistakes to improve the overall safety of healthcare delivery in New Zealand. The report demonstrates that there must be the right number of skilled an...

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Posted in: Safe Staffing
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19 November 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) thanks the Health Select committee for its inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse. “They have got it right,” says NZNO nursing policy adviser and researcher Dr Jill Clendon, “We commend t...

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1 November 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) believes there is no good reason for Waitemata DHB (WDHB) to move Waitakere Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit to North Shore Hospital. NZNO organiser Adam Craigie says, “All Auckland patients should be able to access to an appropria...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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22 October 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says that the provision of high quality healthcare relies on sustainable funding and adequate staffing – not “hotel-style” patient ratings. NZNO members are always looking for ways to improve and enhance the care their pa...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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Thursday the 17th of October is International Day for the Eradication of poverty and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling for action locally, nationally and internationally to eradicate poverty. 25 percent of New Zealand children currently live in poverty. Christchurch nurse and cha...

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11 October 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is joining thousands of other organisations and individuals in calling for the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), currently being negotiated in secret, to be made public. NZNO believes the Government should not sign a...

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1 October 2013: October the 1st is a special day for older people all over the world, and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is joining the celebrations. As well as being a day of celebration, it brings the issues of our ageing population and the care of our elders to centre stage. NZN...

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Posted in: Aged Care
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10 September 2013: Ranfurly Care Ltd and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) are pleased to announce that they have reached settlement on terms and conditions for all aged care staff working at the rest home and hospital. The agreement includes holding the wage rates for between one and...

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Posted in: Aged Care
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28 August 2013: Recent media reports highlighting ‘care rationing’ in two New Zealand hospitals are a cause for concern but not a surprise for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO). NZNO believes the practice is widespread as DHBs and the nursing team are forced to do more with fewe...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Kaiwhakahaere, Kerri Nuku and President, Marion Guy are pleased to welcome newly elected directors to its board.  Current board member and registered nurse, Karen Naylor has been elected Vice President.   Successful candidates for the board are Ch...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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23 August 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota on their historic win in the Employment Court. Aotearoa New Zealand is now one step closer to achieving equal pay for men and women who do similar work. N...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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15 August 2013: Staff at Ranfurly House residential aged care home and hospital have voted to take strike action over the callous actions of their employer. Ranfurly Care Limited are threatening staff with redundancy if they don’t accept the loss of conditions and holidays, and pay cuts of up...

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7 August 2013: Nurses all around the country are taking time out over the next couple of weeks to attend one of over 80 meetings to discuss what they can do about proposed employment law changes. NZNO industrial adviser, Lesley Harry says, “The stop work meetings will be held at every DHB in...

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6 August 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcomes the Government’s announcement that the General Medical Subsidy (GMS) will be extended to nurses and nurse practitioners. Pharmacists will also become eligible for the subsidy. The General Medical Subsidy is a per capita sum p...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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1 August 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is extremely disappointed and disturbed that Rymans is publically blaming nurses for failure of care in their Malvina Major facility in Wellington. NZNO industrial advisor for the aged care sector, David Wait says “All NZNO members wi...

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25 June 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased to support the case that could change the face of aged care, being taken by the Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota this week. Last year caregiver and SFWU member, Kristine Bartlett agreed to be the ‘test case&rsq...

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6 June 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is disappointed that a Bill that will remove important pay and condition protections for working New Zealanders passed its first reading last night. Nurse and NZNO delegate Grant Brookes says, “The changes proposed in this Bill are bad ...

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2 June 2013: NZNO strongly endorses the Green Party’s $30 million plan, announced in Christchurch today, to put a nurse in every low decile school in the country, as part of its strategy to eliminate child poverty. “There is abundant evidence that children’s health improves, if t...

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10 May 2013: Nurses all around the country are preparing to celebrate International Nurses Day on Sunday 12 May. This year’s theme is Closing the Gap: the Millennium Development Goals: 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, which are internationally recognised health related goals. International Nurses Day...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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3 May 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) celebrates International Day of the Midwife on Sunday 5 May. NZNO is proud to represent over 650 New Zealand midwives who support thousands of women every year through pregnancy and birth. The organisation advocates for all women to have acces...

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26 April 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says the changes to employment law announced today 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, allowing em...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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26 March 2013: Former chief executive of Whanganui District Health Board (DHB) and current senior adviser in the mental health improvement group at the Ministry of Health, Memo Musa, is the New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s new chief executive. Announcing his appointment today, NZNO president...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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19 March 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is extremely disappointed and disturbed that the High Court has overturned a Coroner’s decision and named individual health professionals. NZNO agrees with the ASMS that naming the individuals involved in his care sets a dangerous prece...

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18 March 2013: As part of its transition from a rules-based organisation to one governed by a constitution, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is pleased to welcome its joint heads who will work closely with the chief executive officer. Kaiwhakahaere, Kerri Nuku and incoming president, Mario...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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8 March 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is joining the residents of Blenheim as they fight for health services to remain in the area. The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board review of services at Wairau Hospital could result in only elective (planned) surgery being performed in...

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4 March 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that Government health targets plus demands to cut millions of dollars from their budgets is forcing DHBs to narrow their focus and sideline health equity for the populations they serve. The evidence this is happening is in a rep...

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19 February 2013: The Health Select Committee has released its report on the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota (SFWU) petition calling for proper funding of the aged care sector. NZNO is frustrated that the report does nothing more than suggest...

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14 February 2013: A living wage of at least $18.40 an hour for a family with two children and both adults working (one full time and one part time) must be supported by employers and the Government says the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO). NZNO industrial services manager, Cee Payne says, &l...

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24 January 2013: The country’s largest nursing organisation, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), has a new president, Tauranga-based practice nurse Marion Guy. She won a three-way contest to co-lead the 46,000-member professional and industrial body. Guy will be joined in the leadersh...

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Posted in: NZNO News
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23 January 2013: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is supporting the MANA party’s Bill which aims to set up breakfast and lunch programmes in all decile 1 and 2 schools. “Child poverty must be tackled’, said NZNO Nursing policy adviser/researcher Dr Jill Clendon. “M...

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