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NZNO Conference 2019: Wednesday 18 September

Media advisory 16 September 2019

Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Leaving no one behind: Health for all

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Annual Conference will take place 18 September 2019 in Wellington. Once again it will be a showcase of pride and celebration around nurses’ and nursing’s achievements, as well as a major forum for discussing issues facing nurses, midwives and health care workers.

NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku said the conference theme: Leaving no one behind, Health for all, is fitting, given the inequalities and inequities our communities currently face.

“Growing inequalities can be attributed to apathetic politics that don’t address the issues or need for urgent change. This has led to many lagging behind and nurses need to be courageous and prepared to lead the change. This conference will be about inspiring collective action to ensure that as a union and professional organisation we leave no one behind.”

NZNO President Grant Brookes says the conference will be an opportunity to listen, debate, resolve differences and come together around new shared perspectives.

“I think sharing time together, celebrating our achievements and listening to cross sector leaders speak will help us raise our sights and embrace the vision: Leaving no one behind; Health for all.”

Keynote speakers:

8.40am: Dr Jamie Boyd – Opening address
Expanding historical nursing roles to include holistic healing practices in response to the health needs of communities

9.20am: Q&A with Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health

10:25am: Judge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner
Being Child-centred: Fad or Foundation?”

11:10a: Dr Sione Vaka, Senior Lecturer, AUT

11:45am: Annalyn Ulunga, Mercy Hospice
Hospice Nurses: Vital link in meeting cultural and palliative needs of terminally ill Tongan patients and their families

1:15p: Seletute Vave Patterson, Public Health Nurse, Auckland District Health Board
Starship Community: School-based health care through an equity lens

NZNO Awards

Three NZNO awards will be presented at the Conference dinner (Tuesday 17 September, 7pm, Te Papa):

  • NZNO Award of Honour
  • Service to Nursing and Midwifery
  • Service to NZNO.

Media releases about these awards (embargoed until 8pm) will be issued on Tuesday 17 September.

Media are welcome to attend and report on the conference. Please contact Rob Zorn, NZNO Media and Communications Advisor: 027 431 2617,

Direct Media Enquiries To:

Please send all media requests in writing to

NZNO communications and media advisors are:

Karen Howarth
027 725 2680  |  04 494 8242

Samesh Mohanlall
021 240 3420  |  04 494 6839

Support and member enquiries: 0800 28 38 48 or