After a year of talks and 24 hours of strike action nurses have agreed on a deal with district health boards.  New Zealand Nurses Organisation members have approved the latest offer, bringing an end to threats of further industrial action. 

Cee Payne from NZ Nurses Organisation says the new deal is a significant win for nurses and midwives countrywide. 

“The ability to realise pay equity for nursing and midwifery in the public sector by December 2019 on top of the new negotiated pay rates is significant.”

DHBs say they'll now get started on recruiting more nursing staff to address shortages and increasing salaries. 

Jim Green, CEO of Tairāwhiti District Health says DHBs have listened to nurses.

“We have listened and have responded and now we need to work with them and their union to make sure that all of the things within the agreement are implemented.”

30,000 nurses voted by online ballot.