Message to NZNO members from the Mental Health Nurses Section – Constitution Remit 2

Kia ora NZNO members

The Mental Health Nurse Section Committee would like to draw your attention to Constitution Remit 2 and the potential implications for our section.

The Remit Committee has provided more information for members to consider when voting on this remit.

Our Section is particularly affected by the MoU signed between NZNO and PSA which requires that mental health nurses in Waitematā, Auckland, Counties Manukau, Marlborough/Nelson and West Coast DHB areas join the PSA for industrial coverage. Those members have no choice of their primary bargaining authority. We are concerned that our members who have no choice in their selection of the PSA may be precluded from engaging in committee membership.  This would reduce the pool of members who might wish to be involved in section participation such as holding office.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Helen Garrick

Chair, MHNS Committee

• Re-posted with permission. A personal message from the MHNS Secretary is also available here. Text of the Remit is below.

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Kia ora! I’m Grant Brookes, a Nurse, Trade Unionist and NZNO past President now living in Pōneke Wellington, New Zealand with my partner and two children. Since graduating in 1996, I’ve practised nursing in five cities in three countries. I’ve belonged to four nursing unions – and been a rep in three of them. This is my personal blog. There’s more about me and my time as President at

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