About Meras

MERAS is the only union dedicated to representing midwives. We are a member-driven, democratic union – “by midwives, for midwives”.

MERAS was established in 2002 as a separate but associated organisation by the NZ College of Midwives (the College).

Around 90% of midwives employed by DHBs belong to MERAS and along with other midwives employed by non-DHB maternity hospitals and units, MERAS members provide a strong collective voice on workplace issues.

The Collective Agreements negotiated by MERAS with employers not only ensure best practice terms and conditions of employment for midwives, but also recognise the regulatory (Midwifery Council) and professional (the College) structures that oversee the midwifery profession in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We represent members in their employment issues and support the professional needs of employed midwives, encouraging opportunities for career progression and midwifery leadership.

MERAS is recognised in the health sector and by the wider community as the voice for employed midwives, ensuring the role of midwives is recognised and valued.

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