National Nursing Consortium: Practice Standards Endorsement


In April 2011 the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, College of Nurses Aotearoa, Te Ao Maramatanga (NZ College of Mental Health Nurses) and Te Kaunihera O Nga Neehi Māori  o Aotearoa (National Council of Māori  Nurses) formed a consortium to provide for a national endorsement process of professional standards and specialty knowledge and skills frameworks (KSF).

Specialty nursing groups seeking wider national recognition of their standards or KSF may make application to the consortium for this recognition.  The consortium assesses applications against criteria determining specialties of practice, content requirements and process for development.

NZNO’s representatives are Maureen Morris and Maureen Ager.  The College of Nurses Aotearoa holds the secretariat role and Catriona is the contact person;


The information repository for the consortium is the HIIRC website.

It contains the following:

  • Consortium membership, terms of reference and memoranda of understanding
  • Application information, criteria and process
  • Approved standards and knowledge and skills frameworks
  • Sector updates