‘Time for NZNO to be honest’ – Message from 2020 NZNO Award Winner

Last week, Ann Simmons received a National Award for Service to NZNO at the 2020 NZNO AGM. She had prepared a short acceptance speech, but was not given the opportunity to deliver it. In recognition of a career spanning more than 50 years, I am very honoured to be able to publish Ann’s speech notes, below. Continue reading “‘Time for NZNO to be honest’ – Message from 2020 NZNO Award Winner”

Can we vote to end NZNO’s woes?

Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation have until Friday, 11 September to cast their vote. For the fifth time in three years, we’re being asked to elect people for positions on the NZNO Board. Voting on remits (proposed alterations to NZNO’s Constitution and policies) is taking place at the same time. As Board resignationsContinue reading “Can we vote to end NZNO’s woes?”

Book review: ‘Our Revolution – A Future to Believe In’, by Bernie Sanders

Our Revolution – A Future to Believe In is the book written by Bernie Sanders at the end of his campaign to be the 2016 Democratic Party nominee for president of the United States. For his supporters, the months leading up to his eventual loss to Hilary Clinton in July that year were a time ofContinue reading “Book review: ‘Our Revolution – A Future to Believe In’, by Bernie Sanders”

What Unions Wellington is up to – Interview on Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM

“Educating for a Social Change” is a weekly show on Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM, produced by the Wellington Workers’ Educational Association. WWEA supports adult and community education that promotes a just and equitable society in accordance with Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Their show brings you social comment, community and union news, and look at whatContinue reading “What Unions Wellington is up to – Interview on Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM”

Why has the Board downgraded the NZNO AGM? – Letter to Kai Tiaki

The Board of Directors has decided not to hold an NZNO Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Wellington this September, and to press on instead with preparations for a shorter and smaller meeting via Zoom. The reason given is “uncertainty around COVID-19 alert levels and travel restrictions” (‘NZNO plans for online AGM’, June Kai Tiaki). ButContinue reading “Why has the Board downgraded the NZNO AGM? – Letter to Kai Tiaki”