Multi Employment Collective Agreement

The current STONZ MECA was implemented on the 14th December 2021. 

This MECA will be in place from 14 December 2021 to 13 December 2023. We have created a quick view highlights and summary document for those who do not wish to read the entire new MECA.

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MECA Highlights & Summary

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Our MECA at a glance

The MECA is valid from the 14 December 2021 - 13 December 2023.

  • Click here for a PDF copy of our MECA

STONZ MECA Comparison

  • Click here for a comparison of the current STONZ and NZRDA MECAs.


  • Click here for a PDF of the most frequent STONZ MECA questions

Moving DHBs?

  • Click here for STONZ Transfer Expenses Flow Chart to see which clauses you might be entitled to.

STONZ MECA successes

A few of the 2021 negotiation highlights:

  • Flexibility of Transfer expenses - increased access
  • The new MECA now includes that RMOs who write/manage rosters should be remunerated
  • PGY1s in the first 2 quarters can observe RDOs in schedule 10 rosters
  • Acknowledgement that Registrars should have sufficient time to complete administrative work
  • Ability to request to have no long days in first month of returning from Parental Leave
  • Best Practice Guidelines for Psychiatry Trainees working in the community
  • Easier access to discretionary sick leave. The first 5 days approved like normal sick leave.
  • We’ve added miscarriage or still-birth under the definition of bereavement leave

Training at our heart

In recent years we have seen restrictive working hours introduced to the New Zealand health system for junior doctors.

Although these were done with the best intentions and under the guise of "Safer Working Hours", they have not proven to be safe and they have resulted in some major implications for the training of many junior doctors. Unfortunately, we are not the first group of junior doctors to tread this path. This has occurred in both the USA and the UK. In both cases to the detriment of junior doctor training. Our MECA is designed as an alternative to these restrictive hours and protect our training. This ensures that all junior doctors have the opportunity to train without compromise to themselves, or their patients.

The true cost of restrictive working hours

  • Rostered week days off following weekend work leads to complicated handovers, dilution of training and loss of team structure.
  • Dilution of training has a detrimental effect on the quality of training and length of time required to complete training
  • Increasingly complex and frequent handovers putting patients at risk and costing the hospitals time and money
  • The loss of team structure and team dynamics, a cornerstone of medical and surgical training
  • Hour restrictions increase the demand for relief role RMOs which can be dissatisfying for RMOs and dangerous for patients.

Finding the right balance

“Safer” working hours need to be proven to be safe for both patients and those working the rosters. 

What our members and TI’s have told us is that it takes about 6-months to find your feet and that the role of a new House Officer is changing to what it was even 5/10 years ago. We’ve recognised that there are different needs at different stages of training so, in order to help the transition to House Officer and better support our new RMOs we have negotiated that new PGY1s will work 10/4 rosters for their first 2 quarters.

At STONZ we agree junior doctors don’t have the best work life balance and our commitment is to continue to work with our employers to improve working conditions overall for our members as well as continuing to work towards creating rosters that are collaborative, adaptive and safe for both doctor and patient.

Supporting all Specialties

Our aim is to work towards a MECA designed to drive change and provide greater benefits that supports all junior doctors across New Zealand. 

The more we continue to grow, the more voices we represent and the more we can change. For a fresh take on RMO support, consider becoming part of STONZ today.

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PO Box 22656, Christchurch 8140

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