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Background and interim pay equity changes
Te Whatu Ora reached a Pay Equity Agreement in Principle with the NZNO in March 2022, however the agreement has now been challenged in the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) and the Employment Court.
When it became clear the court and authority action could take until 2024 to resolve, Te Whatu Ora applied to the ERA to fix interim rates, based on the 2021 Agreement in Principle. The ERA provided Te Whatu Ora with the Order to pay the interim rates in December of 2022.
As a result the interim pay rates have been implemented (with the effective date of 7 March 2022) for around 34,000 registered and enrolled nurses and health care assistants in New Zealand.
Download: Download the ERA's decision - PDF, 1.2 MB
The Employment Relations Authority's Interim fixing determination dated 14 December 2022
Download: Download the Agreement in Principle and the new pay scales - PDF, 521 KB
Nurses pay equity bargaining Agreement in Principle 22 December 2021 between the NZNO, NZPSA, and DHBs
Download: Interim Pay Equity Payment Application Form for Previous Employees - DOCX, 96 KB
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Examples of Agreement in Principle pay rates
The table below sets out the top rates in the Agreement in Principle for the different nursing pay scales. A copy of the Agreement in Principle and this information can be found here.
How the new pay rates compare to Australia
The new pay rates will make NZNO pay rates for Te Whatu Ora-employed public hospital nursing staff comparable to the rates in Australian state-level awards or enterprise agreements.
For more information
Media statement 14 DecemberTe Whatu Ora has released a further media statement in regard to nurses' pay equity rates