New Zealand's District Health Boards (DHBs) have made a new pay offer to nurses in the hopes of avoiding strike action.
Under the offer, nurses' base salary will rise by 9 to 16 percent over the next 18 months - a raise that would see a nurse with five years' experience earn almost $200 extra a week by the end of 2019.
DHB Spokesperson Helen Mason joined Ryan Bridge on RadioLIVE Drive.
She says the offer is seen as a "significant increase going beyond the recommendations of the Independent Panel proposed by the Prime Minister".
The pay rise would be phased in in three stages over the next 15 months, and there would also be a $2000 lump sum payment.
It's hoped the offer will avoid strike action despite the nurses union already voting to take strike action for two days in July if its members do not accept this latest offer from the DHBs.
The union had previously rejected an offer of a 2 percent pay rise from DHBs.
Listen to the full interview with Helen Mason above.