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Annual Conference Media Advisory



‘Nurses a Leading Voice’ 

Annual Conference 2017, Thursday 21 September Te Papa

Media Advisory 

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation Annual Conference is a showcase of nursing and nurses and is a celebration of achievement and pride in nurses’ contribution to the health system and well-being of New Zealanders. It also is a forum for discussion.

NZNO President Grant Brookes and Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku say the 2017 conference theme, Nurses a Leading Voice, will reflect the call for nurses to be recognised as leaders in health and to be included in decision making.

“Nurses are everywhere in healthcare but most often not at the top table, with limited ability to make decisions about resources required to meet the needs of patients they are caring for. But it is nurses who know the staffing levels and other resources on wards and in the community, so they should be leading and making these decisions too,” Grant Brookes said.

 “We have a Shout out Campaign to reallocate government funds that should be going into health but are not. Since Budget 2017 more DHBs are reporting there is nowhere to squeeze more efficiencies from, and this now risks unacceptable care rationing by nurses. New Zealanders deserve better,” Kerri Nuku said.

“The discussion around assisted dying policy and legislation is one nurses must be part of, with a view to being closely consulted during any government legislation drafting. It is nurses who would most likely manage this matter and will experience the personal and professional elements of it,” Kerri Nuku explains.

NZNO will release its animated storyboard product: ‘Nurses everywhere in Health’. It will be on You Tube on the day.



Media and photographers are invited to the following events. Please get in touch with Karen Coltman: 027 431 2617.



Media and photographers are invited to the conference to hear keynote speakers:


  • Public Health Association CE Warren Lindberg, (08.40 Thursday)
  • American Co-President of National Nurses United, Jean Ross (09.15 Thursday)
  • Nurse Practitioner, whānau ora primary care Pare O’Brien (10.25 Thursday)
  • Professor Innes Asher, Auckland University Child Poverty Action Group spokesperson (13.15-13.55 Thursday)

Media are invited to listen to the panel discussion on assisted dying

(Members of the media are not able to participate however.)

This discussion is facilitated by Manager Professional Services, Jane MacGeorge. Panellists are: Helen Rook, Pam Oliver and Kerri Nuku. (11.00-12.30)


Media are invited to the launch of the visibility of nursing animated clip:

‘Nurses Everywhere in Health’ (1030-10.55 Wednesday 20 September)


Media are invited to NZNO Shout Out for Health campaign event:

Thursday 21 September at the Wellington waterfront - the display of the Open Letter for better health care.



Two Awards will be announced at the Wednesday conference dinner:

The NZNO Award of Honour and the Young Nurse of the Year. Media releases will be issued on Wednesday 20 September under embargo for Thursday morning.


Visit: for the conference programme.






Direct Media Enquiries To:

Rob Zorn
Communications and Media Advisor
027 431 2617  |  04 494 8242

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