GUEST BLOG: Grant Brookes – The never-before-told, inside story of NZ’s 2018 Nurses strike


In 2018, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants went on strike for the first time in 29 years. They won significant concessions from the DHBs, but their ultimate goal of addressing the chronic understaffing was promised and not delivered. At the start of the bargaining there was no campaign, and members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, NZNO, built one themselves, against the wishes of their union leadership.

We spoke with;

  • Erin, a nurse based in Wellington

  • Grant Brookes, member elected President of the NZNO @grantbrookesnz

  • Georgia Choveaux, who started the campaign as an NZNO organiser

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