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‘Maranga Mai!’ means ‘Rise Up!’

On International Nurses Day (12 May 2022), NZNO Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa launched its bold new campaign: Maranga Mai!

Watch a video of the online launch (members only)

‘Maranga Mai!’ means ‘Rise Up!’ and this campaign is a call for NZNO members, whatever sector they work in, to come together and take united action. We want to win the political and resourcing commitments needed to address the nursing shortage crisis permanently – and across the whole health sector.

We know nurses, midwives, health care assistants and kaimahi hauora are facing increasing demands and significant shortages in workforce supply. Systemic failure has meant moral injury/distress and burnout across all sectors, not just in the DHBs.  We all know, too, that Māori have relatively very poor health outcomes due to systemic racism and failures to honour te Tiriti in Health.

The campaign will be based on this simple charter of demands (or 'The Five Fixes'): We demand:

  1. te Tiriti being firmly upheld in all health settings so Māori have equal access to a health system that works for them.
  2. 4000 more nurses in place as quickly as possible.
  3. pay and conditions that value nurses right across the health sector and keep them in the job.
  4. training that is affordable and accessible so more people study and stay on to become nurses.
  5. more Māori and Pasifika nurses so people receive health care that fits with their culture.

Download our brief Maranga Mai! PowerPoint presentation.

Read about Maranga Mai! in Kaitiaki Nursing New Zealand.