New Zealand nurses declare 'Day of Action', rallies taking place across the country

Nurses have declared a day of rallies across more than 20 locations in New Zealand on Thursday. 

Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) will be holding the rallies as part of a National Day of Action 2024. 

It comes just days after half the country's junior doctors walked off the job in what was a major 25-hour strike, stressing they are "understaffed, undervalued and underpaid." 

The strike involved around 2500 doctors from 7am Tuesday to 8am Wednesday, ranging from those fresh out of medical school, to those about to become specialists. 

On Thursday, NZNO announced they too are taking action after receiving information from Te Whatu Ora under the Official Information Act that reveals the extent of the country's staffing issues. 

From aged care to mental health, nurses and health-care assistants are calling for safer staffing ratios ahead of the Government's Budget, to be delivered later this month. 

Dunedin nurses in Meridian Mall on Thursday morning.
Dunedin nurses in Meridian Mall on Thursday morning. Photo credit: NZNO Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa.

When and where are the rallies happening?  

9 May 2024  

  • Dunedin Meridian Mall 9am-6pm 
  • Invercargill Elles Road adjacent to Kew Hospital 9am-11am 
  • Hastings Stortford Lodge corner 1pm-2.30pm 
  • Kawakawa Roundabout between State Highway 1 and 11 Kawakawa 1pm-2.30pm 
  • Hamilton Corner of Ohaupo Road and Lorne Street 1-2pm 
  • Tauranga Cameron Road outside Tauranga Hospital 1-2pm 
  • Palmerston North Ruahine St outside the main entrance 11.30am-12.30pm 
  • Whanganui Outside the Hospital Main Gate 11.30am-1pm 
  • Masterton Outside Wairarapa Hospital 11.30am-1pm 
  • Wellington Outside Wellington Hospital 11.30am-1pm 
  • Porirua Hartham Place North (Pedestrian area) at Cobham Court 11.30am-1pm 
  • Christchurch Hospital by the boat shed bridge 12.30pm-1.45pm 
  • Auckland Central Park Road outside Auckland City Hospital 2-4pm 
  • North Shore Outside North Shore Hospital 2-4pm 
  • Manakau Outside Middlemore Hospital 2-4pm 
  • Manurewa Outside Elmwood Village, 131 Hill Road Manurewa 2-4pm 
  • New Plymouth Tukapo St, Westown opposite CAMHs car park 2-4pm 
  • Whangārei Outside Theatre at Whangārei Hospital 1.30pm-4pm 
  • Nelson Sundial Square, Richmond 2.30pm-4.30pm 
  • Christchurch outside Bupa Parklands, Papanui Rd 2.30pm-3.30pm 
  • Dunedin Hospital main entrance 2-4pm 
  • Invercargill Elles Road and Tay Street intersections 2.30pm-4.30pm.