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MERAS celebrates election of midwife and union activist to Parliament

19th October, 2020

Sarah Pallett, newly elected MP in the Christchurch seat of Ilam, is the only current midwife in Parliament and brings the total number of union MPs in the Labour Caucus to 15. Sarah is a…

MERAS Members Quiz Politicians

9th October, 2020

MERAS organiser Karen Gray (left) and ARA Midwifery lecturer Sarah Pallett (right) enjoyed a night of politics hosted by Canterbury Unions on Wednesday, 7 October. The event gave workers the opportunity to ask questions of…

Critical shortage of midwives in Palmerston North needs urgent action

5th September, 2020

Palmerston North Hospital’s delivery suite is struggling to put enough midwives on duty to look after women giving birth. As reported by Stuff on 5 September, the hospital is using extra nurses and health care assistants…

Midwives’ Union Calls For Labour To Fully Fund Midwifery Students

28th August, 2020

DHBs are looking to the United Kingdom to recruit midwives in the face of a severe shortage of midwives which is exacerbated by falling numbers of students studying midwifery. Jill Ovens, co-leader of MERAS, the midwifery…

30 Years Since Midwives Gained The Right To Practice Autonomously

24th August, 2020

“It was like we had little control over our own bodies.” That’s how one Auckland woman describes her experience of childbirth in the 1970s and 80’s That all changed 30 years ago (22 August 1990),…

Cutting the ties: 30 years of autonomous midwifery

14th August, 2020

Saturday, 22 August, marks the 30th anniversary of the Nurses Amendment Act 1990, providing statutory recognition for midwives as “safe and competent practitioners in their own right.” In addition, midwives won the statutory right to…

MERAS lawyer may be next union MP in Parliament

27th July, 2020

The unexpected resignation of Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye has put a spotlight on the contest between Helen White, MERAS lawyer, and Chloe Swarbrick, who is a Green MP and highly placed on the Green…

Budget Recognises Importance of Early Years, Says Midwives’ Union

12th May, 2020

Government announcements today have been applauded by MERAS, the midwives’ union. However, Co-leader, Jill Ovens, is urging politicians not to stop there. She says the 9.6% increase in the starting salary for Early Childhood Education…

Happy International Midwives Day

5th May, 2020

Today provides an opportunity for midwives to celebrate being a midwife and the value of our role. We hope that you all have the chance to do something special as part of that celebration at…