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New Zealand Nurses Organisation



Contact: 0800 28 38 48 | Level 3, 57 Willis Street, Wellington 6022

As the largest and most powerful nursing and health union, only NZNO offers true support, solidarity and opportunities for collective bargaining action for nurses. Join us as we work together through our overarching Maranga Mai! campaign to improve wages and working conditions for members and fix the failing health system.

Which industries/sectors are covered?

  • Nurses and midwives of all descriptions in all sectors
  • Health care assistants
  • Care givers
  • Kaimahi hauora
  • Nurse aides
  • Enrolled nurses
  • Private sector occupational or physical therapy aides
  • Nursing students.

Membership info

In 2023 NZNO has a membership of 58,000. Of these, 77 percent are registered nurses, three percent are enrolled nurses, four percent are care givers, nine percent are health care assistants, 0.5 percent are midwives and five percent are nursing students.

Membership benefits

  • Building power to win for Members: The collective will and purpose of NZNO works for the betterment of members, the profession and patients.   
  • Services including professional development, workplace protection and more 
  • Professional indemnity insurance underwritten by QBE 
  • Trained organisers and delegates on the ground and in your workplace 
  • Professional, industrial and legal services when you need them 
  • On the spot help and advice from the Member Support Centre 
  • Negotiation of around 130 collective agreements across the professions 
  • Strong alliances with leading nursing bodies both locally and internationally 
  • 23 special interest Colleges and Sections to provide professional leadership, support, advice and advocacy 
  • Education: conferences and workshops to support your career development 
  • Student support and help for those new to the profession 
  • A wide range of scholarships and grants.   
  • NZNO also offers a range of other tangible benefits harnessing the collective buying power of our members to obtain some special deals for members including with companies such as Accuro Health Insurance, ANZ, ASURE Accommodation, Hertz, Union Plus Financial Services and Allianz travel insurance.   
  • Find out more here.

Cost of membership

  • NZNO annual fees range from $368.17 for lower paid member categories through to $617.14 for those in higher-paid roles.
  • We also have adjusted the thresholds for entitlement to lower fees. There are also lower threshold fees for members earning less than $19,000 and less than $26,000 per annum who are entitled to different special discounts.
  • Find out more here.

Employers represented

Our members are employed primarily by the following employers:

  • Te Whatu Ora
  • more than 430 Primary Health Care employers
  • Private Hospitals
  • Aged Care facilities.

Leadership people info

  • Chief Executive: Paul Goulter
  • Industrial Services Team Manager: Glenda Alexander
  • Manager Nursing and Professional Services: Mairi Lucas
  • Director of Operations and Member Support: Andrew Casidy
  • Director of Organising: Karene Walton
  • Director of Campaigns: Tali Williams