NZNO's vision is: Freed to care, Proud to nurse.
NZNO is committed to the representation of members and the promotion of nursing and midwifery. NZNO embraces te Tiriti o Waitangi and works to improve the health status of all peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand through participation in health and social policy development.
"Me haere tahi tātou mō te hauora me te oranga o ngā iwi katoa o Aotearoa"
"Let us journey together for the health and wellbeing of the people of Aotearoa"
~ Rev Leo Te Kira, 15 December 2005
"Kaua e Takahia Te Mana o te Tangata"
"Do not trample over the mana of the people"
~ Hone Te Ahu
Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa represents the concerns and interests of Māori members. It leads NZNO in the development of policy pertaining to Māori and provides advice about implementation. A priority is to ensure that essential Tikanga is upheld and that the wider kaupapa of the organisation reflects Te Rūnanga values.
With its increasing profile, it is represented regionally, nationally and internationally in various health forums. Te Rūnanga and the NZNO Board of Directors continue to engage in dialogue regarding partnership.