The ERA interim order means Te Whatu Ora can:

  • pay the pay equity rates at the level of the Agreement in Principle
  • make 7 March 2022 the effective date for the increased rates – the date originally agreed
  • pay a lump sum payment of $3,000, which is in addition to $7,000 pay equity lump sums already paid to nurses in 2021.

Download: Download the ERA's decision - PDF, 1.2 MB

The Employment Relations Authority's Interim fixing determination dated 14 December 2022

Download: Download the Agreement in Principle and the new pay scales - PDF, 521 KB

Nurses pay equity bargaining Agreement in Principle 22 December 2021 between the NZNO, NZPSA, and DHBs

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Examples of Agreement in Principle pay rates

The table below sets out the top rates in the Agreement in Principle for the different nursing pay scales.  A copy of the Agreement in Principle and this information can be found here.

A table of three columns showing current rates, Agreement in Principle rates, and percentage increase between the two, for the top pay rates relating to nurses. A table of three columns showing current rates, Agreement in Principle rates, and percentage increase between the two, for the top pay rates relating to nurses. A table of three columns showing current rates, Agreement in Principle rates, and percentage increase between the two, for the top pay rates relating to nurses.

The table below sets out the top rates in the Agreement in Principle for the different nursing pay scales.  A copy of the Agreement in Principle and this information can be found here.

How the new pay rates compare to Australia

The new pay rates will put NZNO pay rates for Te Whatu Ora-employed public hospital nursing staff on a par with the rates in Australian state-level awards or enterprise agreements.

A table with four columns showing rates paid in Australian states New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, compared to the Agreement in Principle PE Rates, across the nursing job scale. A table with four columns showing rates paid in Australian states New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, compared to the Agreement in Principle PE Rates, across the nursing job scale. A table with four columns showing rates paid in Australian states New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, compared to the Agreement in Principle PE Rates, across the nursing job scale.

The new pay rates will put NZNO pay rates for Te Whatu Ora-employed public hospital nursing staff on a par with the rates in Australian state-level awards or enterprise agreements.