About 30,000 nurses, midwives and other health workers went on strike today to protest pay and working conditions.
Marches, rallies and pickets took place across all of New Zealand District Health Boards.
The strike comes after failed negotiations in which nurses voted on Monday to go ahead with the strike, rejecting a revised pay offer from district health boards.
The strike mean that all non-urgent surgery and outpatient clinics were cancelled.
Emergency services still ran and those with urgent medical needs were still able to attend hospital or dial 111.