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Regional conventions to focus on NZNO campaigns.

NZNO LEADERS are hoping at least half the organisation's delegates will attend this year's regional conventions, which begin next month and will explore the theme "Striking the balance".

The major aim of the eight conventions is to increase knowledge and understanding of the Fair Pay, Safe Staffing and Aged Care Campaigns, and to assist delegates develop a work plan for 2004 for these activities. Delegates who attend will represent nurses and caregivers from district health boards, private hospitals, primary health and the aged care sector.

"NZNO regional conventions are an opportunity for delegates and NZNO representatives to meet, discuss issues of importance and decide future strategies," said organising services manager Laila Harre. "This year is set to be a vital year for our members. The conventions are an opportunity to develop strategies around our major Fair Pay, Safe Staffing and Aged Care campaigns, with each sector being able to explore what strategies they will use to progress them."

Other topics to be presented are a review of NZNO work to date, amendments to the Employment Relations Act, including the controversial section 100D, the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act and guidelines for using the media. NZNO president Jane O'Malley, chief executive Geoff Annals and/or Harre will attend the conventions, with input from other relevant NZNO staff.

The convention schedule is:

* March 22: Canterbury/West Coast

* March 23: Southern

* April 6: Top of the South

* April 27: Wellington

* April 28: Palmerston North

* May 5: Hamilton

* May 10: Northland

* May 11: Auckland

Abbreviated session may be offered in three other areas: West Coast, Hawke's Bay and Taranaki. Delegates are able to apply for Employment Relations Education Leave where this applies. For further information, contact Jo Duffy on 03 366 0186 or email jod@nzno.org.nz.
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