Notice to members: 2020 membership fee increase deferred until 1 October 2020

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At NZNO's 2004 Annual General Meeting members agreed NZNO could increase fees annually in line with the consumer price index (CPI), a measure of the cost of living in New Zealand. This has proved to be an effective way to:

  • Keep fees as low as possible without reducing core services
  • Address rising costs of delivering core services to members
  • Prevent significant increases once every few years.

1.9 per cent membership fee increase from 1 October 2020

At its first meeting on 24 October 2019, the newly elected board of directors considered proposed options from the chief executive to increase membership fees. At the 2019 annual general meeting (AGM), members rejected a board proposal seeking a fee increase above the consumer price index.

Taking this into account, the new board carefully considered the impact an increase would have on the various member fee categories. The board also asked whether NZNO management had looked to reduce areas of spending so fees could be more affordable for members. Chief executive Memo Musa briefly described areas of spending in which costs had been reduced in previous years and in the current budget for 2019/20, and said a process was underway to further review areas of spending in the 2020/21 budget.

The board recognised the impact a fee increase has on the lower income earner category. This includes caregivers, health-care assistants, aides, Karitane nurses, clerical, non-clerical support workers and all other support workers whose income is less than $26,000 gross per annum.

The board approved a fee increase limit of one per cent for this category and the reduced fee earners category. It also approved including “those on maternity leave” in the reduced fee earners category.

The board chose to approve an increase of 1.9 per cent for all other member fee categories in accordance with the NZNO constitution (Schedule two: Subscriptions and levies Clause 1.2) to limit that increase in line with CPI, unless agreed at the AGM. In deciding this, the board noted the major proposed programme of infrastructure work and on-going resource pressure due to increased membership growth.

The Board then chose to defer the membership fee increase for six months from 1 April 2020 to 1 October 2020. They did this noting the impact of COVID-19 on the sector and in particular Primary Health Care, Māori and Iwi Providers likely to face financial pressure, and to show sensitivity to members who are stretched in all accounts as they contribute to a nationwide response to COVID-19, whilst at the same time caring for their families/whānau and communities.

Fee increases are effective from 1 October 2020.

Free membership for first year BN or EN students from 1 April 2016

At their meeting on 17 February 2016 the Board of Directors approved that from 1 April 2016 students in their first year of study in the Bachelor of Nursing or Enrolled Nurse programmes are eligible for free NZNO membership.

Students in their second and third year of study in these programmes pay the usual student membership fee.Internationally qualified nurses or NZ trained RNs undertaking CAP (competency assessment programme/return to nursing) are NOT eligible for the first year of study free membership.

Benefits of NZNO membership

NZNO is both a professional organisation and a registered union committed to providing 'best practice' member support to you in all areas of operations. There is no other nurses' organisation like it.

One modest membership fee gives you access to all the functions of a registered union AND of a professional association, including first rate legal and indemnity insurance protection.

What you need to do

  • If your NZNO membership subscription is deducted by your employer, you don't need to do anything
  • If you pay your NZNO membership subscription by automatic payment or online payments, please change your payments to the new rate so as to take effect on 1 October 2019.

If you have any questions please email the NZNO Membership Team at membership@nzno.org.nz

 

2020 membership fees

An increase to NZNO fees takes effect on 1 October 2020.

NZNO Membership Fees effective 1 October 2020

Category
Annual
Half Yearly
Quarterly
Monthly
Twice Monthly
Fortnightly

1.

Registered nurses and midwives, Health Professionals New Zealand members not affiliated to their professional bodies and not mentioned elsewhere:

$563.76

$281.88

$140.94

$46.98

$23.49

$21.68

2.

Enrolled nurses, registered obstetric nurses and College of Midwives members, Health Professionals New Zealand members with affiliations to their own professional bodies:

$450.24

$225.12

$112.56

$37.52

$18.76

$17.32

3.

Caregivers, Health Care Assistants, aides, Karitane nurses, clerical, non-clerical support workers and all other support workers:

$336.24

$168.12

$84.06

$28.02

$14.01

$12.93

Reduced Fee Categories (not applicable to RNs/RMs or ENs)

Category
Annual
Half Yearly
Quarterly
Monthly
Twice Monthly
Fortnightly

4.

Caregivers, Health Care Assistants, aides, Karitane nurses, students working part time, clerical, non-clerical support workers and all other support workers who have declared their income to be more than $19,000 and less than $26,000 gross per annum (*refer below):

Does not include RNs & ENs (*refer below )

$264.24

$132.12

$66.06

$22.02

$11.01

$10.16

5.

Low income earners (if approved by NZNO); members (including students working part time) who have declared their income to be less than $19,000 gross per annum (*refer below):

Does not include RNs & ENs (*refer below)

$211.44

$105.72

$52.86

$17.62

$8.81

$8.13

6.

Reduced fee earners (if approved by NZNO), those on full parental and full-time postgraduate study leave, members not in nursing practice/unwaged, students working part time, enrolled bridging students working part-time, members of another union affiliated to CTU.

$211.44

$105.72

$52.86

$17.62

$8.81

$8.13

* About reduced fees

Changes to reduced fee categories effective 1 April 2010 (remit passed at September 2009 AGM):

  • A new reduced rate was introduced for Members earning less than $19,000 gross per annum
  • The reduced rate for Members earning more than $19,000 and less than $26,000 gross per annum was increased
  • RNs, RMs and ENs were excluded from applying for reduced rates by the September 2009 remit. However the Board of Directors also set criteria for special consideration of a reduced fee option for RNs, RMs and ENs. Find out about applying for reduced NZNO subscription (PDF, 210KB)

Members who pay a reduced fee must make an annual declaration of income so as to continue to pay the reduced fee.

 

Student Membership Fees

7.

Students in their first year of study in the BN, midwifery or enrolled nurse programme:

FREE

8.

Students in their first year of study in the BN, midwifery or enrolled nurse programme who wish to receive their own copy of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand:

$44.80

9.

Students of nursing, midwifery or enrolled nursing in second, third and subsequent years of study and those retired from nursing but wishing to retain membership:

$46.41

10.

Students of nursing, midwifery or enrolled nursing in second, third and subsequent years of study and those retired from nursing but wishing to retain membership with their own copy of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand:

$91.21

Notes:

Students who are working part time in any of the membership categories (see 1, 2 & 3 in the NZNO membership fee table above):

  • Are required to pay the membership fee relevant to the work they do
  • Can apply for a relevant reduced fee (see 4, 5 & 6 in the Reduced Fee table above).

 

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