Celebrating International Nurses’ Day and International Midwives’ Day

April 1, 2021

2020 was designated the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization. It was meant to be a time to celebrate our kaimahi hauora. Instead, COVID-19 unleashed across the world. We saw health-care workers doing extremely risky, essential work, while continuing to be under-protected, underpaid and understaffed.

International Midwives’ Day – May 5
International Nurses’ Day – May 12

E ngā apuhi kaitiaki o Aotearoa, ka nui te mihi ki a koutotou.


This International Nurses Day (IND), we have made it a priority to celebrate nurses not just with words and gestures but by striving for meaningful change.


We know you are heroes. We know how hard you work, and the many things that stand in the way of you doing your jobs. It shouldn’t be like this. So with that in mind, I thank you and take time to celebrate you this IND. I want to emphasise that our thanks are matched by our support for you.

No matter the year, or the kaupapa, we will continue striving to make change for all NZNO members.

Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.
My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective.


Acting NZNO chief executive, Mairi Lucas

Waitematā DHB says thank you. At Whānau Āwhina Plunket we are proud of our nurses.

Pro Care - we are proud to be on your team. Comprehensive Care - thank you to our heroes!

South Canterbury DHB - it is truly an honour to be a nurse or a midwife.

Bay of Plenty DHB - you belong here. West Coast DHB - thank you for your ongoing commitment.

Evolution Healthcare - thank you.

New Zealand Blood Service celebrates and congratulates their nurses. Auckland DHB says thank you to all our nurses and midwives.

New Zealand Family Planning - nurses: a voice to lead

Nurse Maude - going above and beyond... every day. Taranaki DHB - we salute our amazing nurses.

Bupa - thank you to all of our nurses for your dedication, care and support

Across Evolution Healthcare we are proud to celebrate our Birthcare Midwives

Hawke's Bay nurses and midwives show such compassion and care in their work every day. Southern DHB says thank you!

Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHBs would like to acknowledge all the nurses and midwives that work across our communities and in our hospitals.


Nelson Marlborough Health says thank you to our nurses.

Happy International Nurses Day from Summerset.