Nurses rally around NZ for better working conditions

Hundreds of nurses took to the streets on Saturday in 14 rallies around New Zealand to demand better working conditions.

Organisers wanted to raise awareness for the situations they say nurses have to go through in order to serve the health system.

"New Zealand nurses deserve more," hundreds of healthcare workers chanted at Auckland's Aotea Square from midday.

Healthcare assistant Joel, who asked for his last name not to be used, says there is strength in numbers.

"We're hoping to send the message to the New Zealand people that nurses have been radically underfunded over the last century, basically," he told Newshub.

"We've never really been valued for what we're actually worth."

The marches were held from as far north as Whangarei, down to Dunedin.

Saturday is International Nurses Day.