Contact the National Student Unit

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Strengthening your future

National Student Unit

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:

NZNO Support for Students

NZNO Services for Student Members

Accuro Free Health Insurance for NZNO Undergraduates

FREE NZNO membership for 1st year students

Membership flyer

Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE)

Ace Centre Contact details:
ACE Centre Phone: 0800 223 236 (from 8am – 430pm Monday to Friday)
ACE Centre Email:

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.

National Nursing Student Survey 2019

Tēnā koe– Greetings/Hello – Talofa – Namaste – Ni Hao

On behalf of the National Student Unit (NSU) of NZNO, I invite you to participate in the 2019 Nursing Student Survey. This survey aims to gather information from nursing students from across New Zealand about areas of interest and concern identified and selected by the NSU Committee.  These topics are bullying, Kawa Whakaruruhau/Cultural safety, student financial difficulties and knowledge of nursing study entry requirements.

The survey should only take about ten minutes, and we welcome your views.  The survey is available online at the link below between 4 March and 12 April 2019:

There is a chance to win one of three $100 Prezzy® cards for participating in the survey. To enter the prize draw, complete the survey and enter your email address at the box provided at the end of the survey.  Responses for this question are separated from the survey answers to maintain participant anonymity.

Share this survey

Please feel free to forward the survey link to fellow students who may not be members of NZNO.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the survey.

Jinny Willis

Principal Researcher NZNO

Previous results:

National Nursing Student Survey 2017 Results
Read the survey report

National Nursing Student Survey 2015 Results
Read the survey report

National Nursing Student Survey 2013 Results
Read the survey report

Update for NZNO student members

Information about the Voluntary Student Membership

Read the update:

Whakaora i a tātau mahi!

Update for NZNO student members

The Voluntary Student Membership Act and how it will affect you.

Why it is 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.

Download the update for NZNO student members (PDF)