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Strong spirit of collectivism at regional conventions.

More than 500 delegates attended the 11 regional delegate conventions held around the country in May and June. Two extra conventions, one on the West Coast and one in Hawke's Bay, were added to the programme when sufficient numbers of delegates signed up to attend.

Organiser of the convention programme, NZNO educator Rob Haultain, said evaluations were overwhelmingly positive. A highlight this year was the far greater participation of aged-care delegates and other delegates from the private sector, she said. NZNO's board of directors had recommended that 30 percent of those attending should be private sector delegates. Haultain said around quarter of the delegates at most conventions were from outside the public sector. "At the Hawke's Bay convention there were many aged-care and primary care delegates and that was something I'd not seen before."

All conventions had shown strong support for NZNO's Fair Share for Aged Care and Pay Parity for Primary Health Care Campaigns. "My sense was that there was a good spirit of collectivism and a strong sense of unionism at most conventions," Haultain said. "I was really satisfied that the conventions raised members' awareness of the importance of participating in NZNO's democratic structures."

Part of the convention programme was discussion about regional delegations to NZNO's annual conference. Haultain said there was strong feedback from delegates asking about the possibility of some education geared at fostering active participation at annual conference, including understanding meeting procedure and inter-regional lobbying.

This year's annual NZNO conference will discuss a remit from the board of directors calling for the regional delegate conventions to become biennial.
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Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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