Nursing Matters NZNO Manifesto

In election year NZNO publishes a manifesto “Nursing Matters”, to profile for members and other voters, health related election issues from the perspective of this member led organisation. 

Please respond with issues that you believe need to be included in NZNO’s manifesto.  There will be a second round of consultation in March that asks for member feedback on a draft manifesto before it is finalised and published.

Please send feedback to by Fri February 21st.

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Taumata Arowai - Water Services Regulator Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on the above Bill which, if passed, would create a regulatory body to oversee, administer, and enforce a new drinking water regulatory system.

Taumata Arowai–the Water Services Regulator (Taumata Arowai) would be established as a new Crown agent dedicated solely to drinking water.

It would also provide for its governance arrangements, including the establishment of a board and Māori Advisory Group. 

A dedicated drinking water regulator was recommended by the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry as necessary to oversee the entire drinking water system, help prevent tragedies such as the Havelock North campylobacter outbreak, and ensure New Zealand communities have access to safe and acceptable drinking water.

Please see link for the Bill

Posted in: Consultations

Draft Disability Employment Action Plan

NZNO welcomes your feedback on a draft action plan specifically for disabled people and people with health conditions because they often face barriers to getting and staying in work.  In particular, we would like feedback on whether the action plan includes the right actions to improve outcomes for disabled people and people with health conditions. 

Drawing on previous consultation and evidence, the draft action plan proposes a set of actions to tackle the employment gap based around two overarching goals:

1. disabled people and people with health conditions have an equal opportunity to access good work and 

2. employers are good at attracting and retaining disabled people and people with health conditions.

Please see the action plan link.

Please send feedback to by 14 February 2020.

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Options to reform the Burial and Cremation Act 1964 and related legislation

NZNO welcomes your feedback on a consultation that sets out a range of options for modernising the legislation relating to death, burial, cremation and funerals in New Zealand. This consultation will help inform the development of a modern, fit-for-purpose legislation for death, burial, cremation and funerals.

Please see the link for the Consultation document and survey.

Send feedback to by 3 April 2020. 


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Urban Development Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the above Bill which aims to provide Kāinga Ora with powers to improve the social and economic performance of Aotearoa New Zealand’s urban areas through complex development projects.

The Bill would enable Kāinga Ora to facilitate these projects, which are called specified development projects (SDPs). SDPs are intended to improve urban development outcomes through a mix of housing types, transport connections, employment and business opportunities, infrastructure, community facilities, and green spaces.

Please see the Bill below:

Please send feedback to by 7 February 2020.

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Protection for First Responders and Prison Officers Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the above Bill which aims to create a new offence in the Crimes Act 1961 for intentionally injuring a first responder or prison officer. It would provide for a minimum six month period of imprisonment for this offence. The bill would also expand the definition of a first responder in the Summary Offences Act 1981 to include emergency service workers.

Please see the Bill below:

Please send feedback to by February 5 2020. 

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Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (No 2)

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the above Bill which would make it clear that the unplanned end of a pregnancy by miscarriage or still-birth constitutes grounds for bereavement leave for the mother and her partner or spouse for up to 3 days.

Please see the Bill below:

Please send feedback to by 7th February 2020.

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Crimes (Definition of Female Genital Mutilation) Amendment Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the above cross-party members’ Bill which would amend the Crimes Act to change the definition of “female genital mutilation” to ensure all forms of this practice are illegal and all women and girls are adequately protected.

Please see the Bill attached here:

Please send feedback to by 22 January 2020

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Consultation on Nursing Council’s Proposed Policy on Publication and Naming of Nurses Subject to an order or Direction

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the above policy which has been drafted in response to requirements under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. The policy aims to enhance public confidence in the nursing profession and the Council’s disciplinary procedures (and thereby improve the safety and quality of health care) by providing transparency about its decision-making processes.  The policy states that nurses whose conduct has not met expected standards and are subject to an order or direction under the Act may be named where it is in the public interest to do so.

Please find the draft policy attached here: Proposed Policy on Publication and Naming of Nurses

You are welcome to make your own response to the Nursing Council survey, and/or send your comments to,nz to be included in a submission made on behalf of NZNO. Please send your feedback by 23 January 2020. 

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ANZSRC (Australia New Zealand Standard Research Classification) Review Steering Committee (including MBIE, Statistics NZ, the Australian Research Council and the Australian Bureau of Statistics)

NZNO seeks your feedback on this review which aims to ensure that the ANZSRC reflects current practice and is sufficiently robust to allow for long-term data analysis.

Feedback is sought on:

• Whether the revised classifications accurately capture the current Australian and New Zealand research landscape

 • Whether any errors or ambiguities have been introduced in the drafting process

• Concordance between the old and revised ANZSRC classifications, including

  • where codes have been deleted, where would that research be classified in the revised ANZSRC?
  • where new codes have been created, where would that research have been classified in ANZSRC 2008?

If you identify issues with the draft, please provide specific suggestions as to how they could be resolved.

Please see the attached document:


Please send feedback to by 3 February 2020.

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Sexual Violence Legislation Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on this Bill which aims to reduce the re-traumatisation of sexual violence victims during court proceedings through increasing the variety of ways complainants could give evidence in court.  It would also improve sexual violence complainants’ experience of the court process by allowing:

  • the cross examination process to be pre-recorded
  • for victims to give their impact statement without the public being present
  • judges to intervene if questioning is inappropriate or excessive
  • judges to tell the jury about any common myths surrounding sexual violence cases

Please find the Bill attached here:  sexual-violence-legislation-bill.

Please send to by 24 January 2019.

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ACC Cost of Treatment Regulations Consultation

NZNO is seeking your feedback on a review of how ACC purchases health services through the CoTR (Cost of Treatment Regulations)

This review aims to adjust prices for inflationary factors, recognise distinct allied health groups to reflect differences in future reviews, and remove provisions that reduced ACC’s contribution to dental treatment.

Proposed changes

  • A general increase of 2.05% for regulated treatment payments, and an increase of 1.72% for payments to Radiologists and providers of Hyperbaric Oxygen.
  • Create individual profession groups from the group currently known as ‘Specified Treatment Providers’ and specify payment rates for each (physiotherapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists etc.). These rates will remain identical for the current period, but future pricing recommendations could specify different payment rates for each profession, if appropriate.
  • Remove provisions that reduce ACC’s contribution for dental treatment on teeth that have had previous non-injury related work.

Please find the consultation document attached here:

Please send to by 6 December 2019.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill

NZNO is interested to hear about what you think about the establishment of a Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. The aim of the Commission is to contribute to better mental health and wellbeing outcome for people in New Zealand. It will also contribute to improving equity for Māori, Pacific peoples, disabled people, rainbow communities, and other groups that experience poorer mental health and wellbeing outcomes.

Please find the Bill attached here:

Please send to by 5 December 2019.


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Proposed draft revision to Guidelines to the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992

The inquiry into Mental Health and Addictions He Ara Oranga identified the Mental Health Act (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 as needing urgent revision.

The attached draft of a revision of the Guidelines to the Mental Health Act attempts to address the following issues identified in stakeholder consultation during September:

  • Section 7A family/whanau consultation
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Clarification of statutory roles
  • Significant figures including Duly Authorised Officers and ‘principal caregiver’

In addition supported decision making, the NZ Bill of Rights, te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and respect for gender identity are covered.

Feedback is now sought on the revised guidelines, with publication planned for March 2020.

Please use the following questions to framework your responses:

  1. Are there practical issues with the proposed changes?  What suggestions do you have to resolve these?
  2. Is cultural responsiveness sufficiently addressed
  3. Are te Tiriti o Waitangi principles appropriately applied
  4. Is gender identity appropriately described?

Do provisions in the Act sufficiently take account of mental health and addiction experiences?

Please see link for document.

Please send feedback to by December 13, 2019.

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