News & Events

Leadership Development Scholarships for Women in Government

19th July, 2023

Women & Leadership New Zealand has announced a new round of scholarships to enable more women in the public sector to undertake career-enhancing leadership development programs. By combining cutting-edge leadership theory with practical application, and a flexible part-time…

Midwives Vote In Favour Of Interim Pay Equity Deal

7th July, 2023

On the back of Tuesdays confirmation of the critical midwifery shortage, 97% of midwives employed by Te Whatu Ora who votedwere in support of an interim pay equity deal. The interim agreement increases the base…

Midwives angry over pay inequity

13th March, 2023

“Completely outraged.” That’s how midwives are feeling after a breakdown in talks with health body Te Whatu Ora. Now, they are threatening action. MERAS Co-leader Jill Ovens told Breakfast’s presenter Jenny-May Clarkson on 7 March…

Midwives’ Union Says Investment in New Zealand Midwives Absolutely Critical

12th December, 2022

Statement from Caroline Conroy, Co-leader, MERAS Whereas we acknowledge recruiting midwives from overseas will assist in alleviating the immediate shortage we are facing, there is a world-wide shortage of midwives because of a lack of…

Southern district well-placed to bounce back from midwife shortage

5th September, 2022

The Southern district is one of the few districts well-placed to bounce back from its midwife shortage, MERAS Co-Leader Caroline Conroy told Stuff reporter Louisa Steyl in an article published on 2 September 2022. But things…

Midwives Welcome Increase In Paid Parental Leave Payments

20th June, 2022

Midwives are celebrating the $40 a week increase in Paid Parental leave entitlements from 1 July as they see daily, new parents struggling to meet rising costs. From Friday 1 July, the maximum weekly rate…

Midwifery sector in downward spiral

8th June, 2022

New Zealand is hundreds of midwives short and there are concerns a new healthcare recruitment drive in New South Wales could make the staff shortage problem worse. On Sunday, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet…

St George’s Midwives Relieved By Decision to Continue The Maternity Service

31st May, 2022

St George’s Hospital midwives breathed a collective sigh of relief after today’s announcement that the maternity service is to continue at least until the new central city primary maternity unit opens in the middle of…

Jill Ovens speaks to Magic Talk about the risks of an Omicron outbreak

9th February, 2022

MERAS Co-Leader Jill Ovens spoke to Magic Talk on 8 February about the risks posed by an Omicron outbreak to our health service. You can listen to the interview below (approx 7 minutes long)