‘What’s really happening in our Mental Health Unit’ – Letter to Kai Tiaki

We write in response to an article about our service in the October issue of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand. Under the headline, “Acute mental health units being upgraded” (p8), it was reported that, “A new six-bed inpatient mental health facility at Wellington Hospital will be ready in 2021.”  Unfortunately, there is nothing in thatContinue reading “‘What’s really happening in our Mental Health Unit’ – Letter to Kai Tiaki”

‘No more pokies!’ – A submission on the City Council’s Gambling Venues Policy, on behalf of Unions Wellington

Unions Wellington is the Local Affiliate Council of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi (NZCTU), bringing together tens of thousands of union members in our city. Currently led by a committee of six members and staff from affiliated unions, we are the united voice for working people and their families inContinue reading “‘No more pokies!’ – A submission on the City Council’s Gambling Venues Policy, on behalf of Unions Wellington”

‘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”