Te Whatu Ora members prepare to strike as call goes out for 4000 more nurses

July 27, 2023

Te Whatu Ora nurses, midwives, kaiāwhina and health-care assistants are preparing to strike next month, as NZNO calls for thousands more nurses to fill workforce gaps.

Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa-NZNO’s #thenurseweneed campaign is asking the public to show support to nurses and the upcoming strike by sharing social media posts, tagging nurses and their whānau — and creating a cut-out nurse to share on social media. Posters, cutouts and social media tiles can be found here.

The new campaign is part of NZNO’s Maranga Mai! strategy for a well staffed, fairly paid and equitable health system demands 4000 more nurses “recruited, trained and on the job”, including Māori and Pasifika.



It comes as nurses, midwives, health-care assistants and kaiāwhina around the country prepare to take potential 24-hour strike action from 7am on August 9, after 10 months’ collective NZNO-Te Whatu Ora bargaining.

  • Kaitiaki will be reporting more fully on the strike, Te Whatu Ora-NZNO collective negotiations and related issues such as the pay equity and back pay offers after member ballots have closed.