News & Events

Union Feeling Positive After Facilitation Today

1st February, 2019

The midwives’ union, MERAS, is cautiously optimistic following a positive session of the full negotiating teams in facilitation today. MERAS industrial co-leader, Jill Ovens, says a counter-offer to their proposal has been made by the…

DHB-employed Midwives to Strike Again

30th January, 2019

DHB-employed Midwives to Strike Again The midwives’ union MERAS has issued strike notices for 12-hour strikes from 9am-9pm, on 11-14 February. At issue is the DHBs refusal to acknowledge the responsibilities and skills of midwives,…

New Chief Executive at the New Zealand College of Midwives

24th January, 2019

The New Zealand College of Midwives President, Deb Pittam, is delighted to announce the appointment of Alison Eddy as the next Chief Executive for the College. Alison will start in her new role on the 23rd January 2019. The position was widely advertised and attracted a high calibre of applicants.

“The profession is privileged to have a midwife of this calibre who is willing to keep supporting and leading the profession to maintain its special role in the lives of New Zealand’s women and their families,” says Deb.

Q & A with MERAS Midwife on Strike

3rd December, 2018

Why are you striking? MERAS midwives are striking because our MECA expired almost 18 months ago. In that time our union has tried to engage with the DHBs to negotiate the terms and conditions of…

A Rock and a Hard Place

3rd December, 2018

Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Midwives on Strike Anna Fielder – Mother of three. Midwives on Strike Need Our Support You may have heard that midwives in the MERAS union are taking…

Midwives Striking and DHB Game Playing

30th November, 2018

Statement from the NZ College of Midwives. To be attributed to Chief Executive, Karen Guilliland. The New Zealand College of Midwives is extremely disappointed in the actions of the Bay of Plenty DHB demanding more…

Maximum disruption for DHBs and minimal disruption for women and their babies!

22nd November, 2018

Jill Ovens, MERAS Co-Leader, talks to Radio New Zealand – see the written story here https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/376502/striking-midwives-promising-maximum-disruption

Midwives Kick Off Two Weeks of Strike Action

21st November, 2018

21 November 2018 Midwives Kick Off Two Weeks of Strike Action More than 1150 DHB-employed midwives will begin strike action tomorrow (Thursday, 22 November). Employed midwives are striking for two hours, twice a day, over…

Midwives Join Call For Better Postnatal Resourcing

21st November, 2018

Media Statement 20 November, 2018 Midwives Join Call For Better Postnatal Resourcing Midwives agree that access to high quality care for 48 hours after birth is vital to the wellbeing of mothers and babies and…