At October’s AGM the College of Nurses Aotearoa launched an online timeline tracing its history – the culmination of a project that commenced last year to celebrate the 25 years since the College was established.

The foundations of the College go back to May 1991, when the editorial board of Nursing Praxis in New Zealand raised the possibility of establishing a ‘College of Nursing’ and formally invited nurses to attend a two-day discussion forum on 10–11 August 1991. Over the following 10 months, the College was established as a professional organisation for registered nurses and on 24 June 1992, the first enrolment packs were circulated. In the years since, the College has been a strong advocate for registered nurses and for health policy change, plus a consistent leader in the initial and ongoing development of the nurse practitioner role.

The history timeline provides an overview of the many contributors to the College’s development, including the numerous people who have generously given their time as College Board members. The main events in which the College has taken leadership or has played a significant part are detailed, plus a number of documents and publications have been uploaded, including the very first edition of  Te Puawai, the College magazine. The collation and archiving process will continue and more documents, photos and information will be added.

To view the College history timeline, go to


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