NSU Committee

National Student Unit

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The National Student Unit (NSU) exists to serve the interests of all student members of NZNO. 

The NSU committee aims to have 2 student representatives, from each school of nursing in Aotearoa New Zealand, 1 Māori tauira (Te Runanga Tauira, TRT) and 1 other student.  Student reps to the national committee must be enrolled in an undergraduate nursing/midwifery course or a programme leading to an initial New Zealand nursing/midwifery registration, this includes Enrolled Nurse students

Te Runanga Tauira (TRT) contribute a Māori student nursing perspective to the national student committee upholding the kaupapa and objectives of Te Rūnanga O Aotearoa, NZNO

National Student Unit representatives link into wider NZNO structures -

  • locally by attending NZNO regional council meetings and
  • nationally as members of NZNO Governance structures - Te Poari o Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa and the NZNO Membership committee 

The NSU is unique, as it is the only nursing student representative group in Aotearoa New Zealand and is the major political voice for nursing students today. 

To find out more on how the National Student Committee works, please take a look at the:

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FREE NZNO membership for students

Student Membership Fees

Full time students in the BN, midwifery or enrolled nurse programmes:


Students on Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) courses:


Student Vaccinators:


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Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE)


Ace Centre Contact details:
Phone: 0800 223 236 (from 8am – 430pm Monday to Friday)
Email: nursingace@kiwihealthjobs.com

ACE is the online application process for all NZ Nursing Graduates to apply for Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) or Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP – Mental Health and Addiction Nursing) graduate programmes nationwide.

If you have any queries about NETP/NESP and/or the ACE application process please contact your NZNO NSU Rep at your School of Nursing or ring NZNO 0800 28 38 48 to discuss with your Professional Nursing Adviser.

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National Nursing Student Survey 

National Nursing Student Survey 2023 

Survey 2023

The survey covered four areas of interest and concern selected by the NSU Committee, which were:

  • Student finances
  • LGBTQIA+ community needs
  • Challenges for Māori and Pacific tauira
  • Students’ mental wellbeing.

Previous results:

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Update for NZNO student members: The Voluntary Student Membership Act and how it will affect you.

Whakaora i a tātau mahi!

Why is it important to retain your membership of your student association?

The Voluntary Student Membership Act (officially known as the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Act 2011) has recently been passed by Parliament.

It will have a big impact on your life as a student and the support you can expect to get from your students association in future.

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