Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Hon David Clark
Minister of Health
7 August 2018 PĀNUI PĀPĀHO
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark say they are delighted nurses have voted to accept the
latest offer from District Health Boards.
“Our nurses are dedicated, caring professionals and deserve decent and safe working conditions. This settlement rightly
delivers the biggest pay increase nurses have seen in a decade and will put 500 more nurses in our hospitals,” says
“There is no question that nurses have felt undervalued over recent years. We needed to listen to their concerns and
respond in the interests of both nurses and patients.
“This settlement will go a long way to addressing nurses’ concerns, but the Government accepts there is still more to be
done to better support them. While today represents a conclusion of bargaining it also marks the start of a long term
programme to rebuild our public health system and the status of the nursing profession.
“This Government is committed to nurses; we value the work they do and we look forward to working closely over the
coming years to build a better health system,” Jacinda Ardern said.
David Clark echoed those sentiments, saying today’s announcement of a ‘yes’ vote from nurses is great news.
“As Health Minister the one thing I hear over and over again from the public is just how good our nurses are.
“They are at the heart of so much that our public health service does and deserve a settlement that recognises the
particular challenges they face, including their limited pay scale and safe staffing issues.
“I know nurses will also welcome the commitment to pay equity and the ongoing commitment from DHBs and the Ministry of
Health to work on safe staffing through the Accord
signed last week.
“I commend the NZNO and DHBs for finding common ground after such lengthy, and at times, testing negotiations,” said