An empowering and uplifting day.
This is how an Auckland nurse is describing a day of protests as nurses around the country took industrial action.
Nurse Danni Wilkinson is outside Waitakere Hospital and says [told Andrew Dickens] it's not just about pay but also about creating safer working environment.
"It's not that we are wanting money because we are being greedy, we are wanting money for the good of the health care system as we are losing people going into nursing training as a career option."
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters is urging nurses to accept the offer on the table.
He says understands their frustration given they've been largely ignored over the past nine years, but the Government offer is final.
"That's why we have offered you $500 million. That's dramatic compared to what was offered in the last nine years."
Nurse Freya Head has been picketing outside Wellington Hospital and says nurses are in this for the long haul.
She told Andrew Dickens they won't budge until they get an offer they're happy with.
"We have made the decision to reject this offer, and we will need to stand strong together."
LISTEN TO DANNI WILKINSON AND FREYA HEAD TALK WITH ANDREW DICKENS ABOVE