Coming up

Our next public meeting is 29 September with Chris Finlayson and then we have Annette King on the 13th of October. All at the Central Library mezzanine room at 2pm

Past events


Planning in place for New Zealand Nurses Organisation strike

Planning in place for New Zealand Nurses Organisation strike

Official notice has been received that nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) will undertake strike action in July.

The strike action will be in the form of a complete withdrawal of labour, from all DHBs around the country, for 24 hours from 7am on 5 July. Notice for a second 24-hour strike from 7am on 12 July is expected next week.

“Patient safety and wellbeing remains our highest priority and focus during this time,” said Hospital & Healthcare Services general manager Chris Lowry.

“However – like all DHBs – we will experience staffing gaps and will need to prioritise essential and acute services over others. We will also be assessing our inpatients to see whether it is clinically appropriate to discharge them. If not, they will remain in hospital.”

Non-essential services – including outpatient appointments, and elective and non-urgent surgery – will be deferred. Patients can expect to hear from CCDHB by 27 June about whether they are affected.

“The Emergency Department (ED) at Wellington Regional Hospital will remain open during the strike, and people can rest assured that anyone who requires urgent and life-saving care will receive it.”

People are, however, asked to remember that ED is for emergencies only. People with non-urgent injuries or illnesses should see their GP or after-hours service in the first instance.

Wellington Regional Hospital’s delivery suite and maternity ward will remain open.

“If you are booked for birth at Kenepuru Community Hospital or the Kapiti Health Centre, or are in labour on a strike day, contact your midwife early as you will need to travel to Wellington.

“Your lead maternity carer has been informed of what services are available, and we also have a number of midwives who are not NZNO members and will be working during the strike action.”

The CCDHB website has information about how to find a GP or an after-hours service.

Patients uncertain about their appointments or procedures should wait to be contacted, or call (04) 806 0992 from 8am-8pm or 0508 4 CCDHB (0508 4 22342) after hours.

Anyone unsure about whether they need ED care should contact their GP or call Healthline (0800 611 116) for free advice from a registered nurse.

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Was on 5th May 2018 at the Seniors Room in the Central Library



Held several times throughout the year – we invite people who can tell us about things that interest us.


Enquiries to secretary Pat Hubbard, Ph 384-2646, or email:



At Malvina Major, Johnsonville, on the 5th of April.  10am for morning tea and then commencing at 10:30 running to 12. Alistair McDonald will talk about sustainability of health services.


The next Speaker’s Meeting was held at Malvina Major, at 1pm, on Thursday, 1st September 2016.  Each candidate gave a short speech, then we asked questions – seeking answers to our burning concerns.





March 2016 meeting was held at ANVIL HOUSE, 138 Wakefield St, at 10:30am, on Thursday 31st March, 2016.     (Level 2 – ie. 1st Floor)

The speaker was Dr Russell Tregonning, recently retired orthopaedic surgeon and medical school teacher.  He is an executive member of Ora Taiao:  The New Zealand Climate & Health Council.  He is also a member of Wise Response, a group of New Zealanders calling for a national risk assessment of the future, and pushing for transformational action on climate change.

Russell belongs to a group of Wellingtonians called FIT WELLINGTON, who are advocating for a climate-friendly, all-electric public transport for our city, including light rail.   “FIT” stands for Fair Intelligent Transport.



August 2015 meeting was held at ANVIL HOUSE, 138 Wakefield St, at 10:30am, on Thursday 27th August 2015.  (Level 2 – ie. 1st Floor)

The Speaker was a representative from Kiwibank, who spoke to us about privacy issues, and Kiwibank’s relationship with Grey Power.


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The 2015 luncheon was held in Chalk Coffee House & Bistro on 26th November at 12 noon.  Chalk is at 3/22 Herd St.  The luncheon cost will be partly subsidised for members – please RSVP to Caroline at:, or phone 384 2646.







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