DHB/NZNO MECA Negotiation Team: how to put yourself forward


Kia ora DHB Delegate,

We’ve just sent an email to all NZNO DHB members encouraging them to nominate delegates to become part of the DHB/NZNO MECA Negotiation Team. We are now contacting you as a delegate with more information about how you can put yourself forward for selection.

The nomination process

  1. You will have received resources and information about the bargaining process at delegate education meetings, including a nomination form.
  2. The expectation is that interested delegates will be proactive in arranging their own nomination and submitting it to NZNO.
  3. Delegates will submit their nominations to NZNO as early as possible, and no later than Midday on 27 March
  4. All nominations will be checked to ensure the nominee is an NZNO member, a delegate and has been nominated by two NZNO members.
  5. After the 27 March deadline for nominations local DHB delegate groups will meet to endorse nominations. Where such groups can’t meet, this will be done by the National Delegate Committee member or their alternate. This endorsement focuses only on whether the nominated delegate is an active member of the local workplace delegate group.
  6. The National Delegates Committee will select 12 of these nominations to become part of the Negotiation Team. National Delegates Committee members who have been nominated will not take part in the selection process to avoid a conflict of interest.
  7. Members will vote online to endorse the proposed delegates at the same time that they vote to endorse the claims we will take into negotiation.

There is a list of criteria at the end of this email that shows the sorts of attributes we want our team as a whole to have. You do not have to have all these attributes, but you should have some so we can build a strong team that can represent the diversity of our members.

Getting your nomination in

If you would like to put yourself forward, please download the nomination form and send it to NZNO once you have completed the two main sections and secured your two nominees – by Midday 27 March. Details of how to submit your nomination are on the form.

Thanks for considering being nominated and doing your bit to help ensure we assemble the best Negotiation Team possible.


Delegate selection criteria for Negotiation Team nominations

Note: these are the attributes we would like the team to share so you should have some of these.


  • Understanding of Tikanga and representative of Māori
  • Diversity representation
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to articulate complex issues
  • Able to ‘think outside the box’
  • Good problem solver
  • Prepared to commit significant personal time and energy
  • Will be responsible and accountable for any work assigned
  • Able to work in an open and honest manner.


  • Occupational and main member group representation (RN, RM, EN, Nurse Assistant, HCA/Hospital Aide, Senior Nurse)
  • Spread of representation by DHB type (large/small, rural/metropolitan)
  • Able to represent all members not just a particular interest/occupational/geographical group
  • Good knowledge of the workplace/national issues facing NZNO members
  • Involvement in local and national NZNO activism
  • Attended NZNO delegate training
  • Previous collective agreement negotiation experience (or similar)
  • Ability to represent all members interests
  • Prepared to commit personal time and energy throughout the process
  • Able to facilitate meetings and communicate with members on the issues.
  • Good working knowledge of the DHB/NZNO MECA/NZNO rules/Strategic Goals
  • Actively participate in and abide by collective decision making
  • Demonstrates activism in the workplace

Job description

  • Will attend all sessions of the negotiations as required
  • Will travel to Wellington/Auckland as and when necessary
  • Will be involved in education sessions and teleconferences as and when necessary
  • Will directly and actively participate in decision making and planning
  • Will be part of communication processes with NZNO staff, other delegates, members
  • Will undertake any analysis or research requested/assigned
  • Will work as a fully participatory team member
  • Will work to resolve conflict in a positive manner
  • Will use knowledge of professional issues to support the work of the Negotiation Team.


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