2022 Membership fees

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At NZNO's 2004 Annual General Meeting members agreed NZNO could increase fees annually in line with the consumer price index (CPI), a measure of the cost of living in New Zealand. This has proved an effective way to:

  • keep fees as low as possible without reducing core services
  • address rising costs of delivering core services to members
  • prevent significant increases once every few years.

2.3 percent membership fee increase from 1 April 2022

On October 12, 2021, the NZNO Board of Directors considered options for membership fee increases presented by the Acting Chief Executive.

The Board chose to approve an increase of 2.3 percent across all member fee categories.

This is in accordance with the NZNO Constitution (Schedule two: Subscriptions and levies clause 1.2) which limits fee increases to be no more than the CPI (Consumers Price Index). In dollar terms, these increases for full fee categories will range from $7.82 to $13.20 per year.

In deciding this, the Board noted: NZNO’s ongoing cost pressures; the budgeted deficits of prior years; the major programme of technology work; and the impending challenges of the new health sector structures. 

The Board acknowledged the costs incurred by internationally qualified nurses coming to work in Aotearoa New Zealand and the ongoing shortage of nurses. It asked the NZNO management team to find further ways to increase membership numbers. 

Fee increases are effective from 1 April 2022.

Free membership for first year BN or EN students from 1 April 2016

At their meeting on 17 February 2016 the Board of Directors approved that from 1 April 2016 students in their first year of study in the Bachelor of Nursing or Enrolled Nurse programmes are eligible for free NZNO membership.

Students in their second and third year of study in these programmes pay the usual student membership fee.Internationally qualified nurses or NZ trained RNs undertaking CAP (competency assessment programme/return to nursing) are NOT eligible for the first year of study free membership.

Benefits of NZNO membership

NZNO is both a professional organisation and a registered union committed to providing 'best practice' member support to you in all areas of operations. There is no other nurses' organisation like it.

One modest membership fee gives you access to all the functions of a registered union AND of a professional association, including first rate legal and indemnity insurance protection.

What you need to do

  • If your NZNO membership subscription is deducted by your employer, you don't need to do anything
  • If you pay your NZNO membership subscription by automatic payment or online payments, please change your payments to the new rate so as to take effect on April 2022.

If you have any questions please email the NZNO Membership Team at membership@nzno.org.nz


2022 membership fees

An increase to NZNO fees takes effect on April 2022.

NZNO Membership Fees effective 1 April 2022

Half Yearly
Twice Monthly


Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and Midwives, Health Professionals New Zealand members not affiliated to their professional bodies and not mentioned elsewhere:








Enrolled nurses, Registered Obstetric Nurses and College of Midwives members, Health Professionals New Zealand members with affiliations to their own professional bodies:








Caregivers, Health Care Assistants, Aides, Karitane nurses, Clerical, Non-Clerical Support workers and all other Support workers:







Reduced Fee Categories (not applicable to RNs/RMs or ENs)

Half Yearly
Twice Monthly


Caregivers, Health Care Assistants, Aides, Karitane Nurses, Clerical, Non-Clerical Support Workers and all other Support workers who have declared their income to be less than $26,000 gross per annum (*refer below):

Does not include RNs, RMs & ENs (*refer below )








Low income earners (if approved by NZNO); members (including students working part time) who have declared their income to be less than $19,000 gross per annum (*refer below):

Does not include RNs, RMs & ENs (*refer below)








Reduced fee earners (if approved by NZNO), those on full parental and full-time postgraduate study leave, members not in nursing practice/unwaged, students working part time, enrolled bridging students working part-time, members of another union affiliated to CTU.







* About reduced fees

Changes to reduced fee categories effective 1 April 2010 (remit passed at September 2009 AGM):

  • A new reduced rate was introduced for Members earning less than $19,000 gross per annum
  • The reduced rate for Members earning more than $19,000 and less than $26,000 gross per annum was increased
  • RNs, RMs and ENs were excluded from applying for reduced rates by the September 2009 remit. However the Board of Directors also set criteria for special consideration of a reduced fee option for RNs, RMs and ENs. Find out about applying for reduced NZNO subscription (PDF, 199KB)

Members who pay a reduced fee must make an annual declaration of income so as to continue to pay the reduced fee.


Student Membership Fees


Students in their first year of study in the BN, midwifery or enrolled nurse programme:



Students of nursing, midwifery or enrolled nursing in second, third and subsequent years of study and those retired from nursing but wishing to retain membership:



Retired from nursing but wishing to retain access to Kaitiaki Nursing New Zealand



Student Vaccinators



Students who are working part time in any of the membership categories (see 1, 2 & 3 in the NZNO membership fee table above):

  • Are required to pay the membership fee relevant to the work they do
  • Can apply for a relevant reduced fee (see 4, 5 & 6 in the Reduced Fee table above).


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