News & Events

Midwives signing up for pay equity interviews

28th August, 2019

MERAS members are excited that interviews for the pay equity process for DHB-employed midwives will be underway from September. MERAS co-leader (industrial) Jill Ovens says midwives have been invited to indicate an interest in being…

Outgoing NRC Chair recognised for her service

26th August, 2019

Outgoing National Representatives Council (NRC) Chairperson KellyMcConville received Life Membership at the MERAS Annual General Meeting which took place in Auckland on 15 August. Kelly was a founding member of MERAS and has served two…

MERAS Annual General Meeting 15 August 2019

9th August, 2019

The MERAS National Representative Council (NRC) Annual General Meeting will take place at 11am on Thursday 15 August at Yarnton Lounge, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland and is open to all MERAS members.

Midwives Vote YES to DHBs MECA Settlement

14th April, 2019

Midwives employed by DHBs have voted overwhelmingly YES to a pay settlement.

The vote which closed on Friday 12thApril, will see a majority of members gaining increases of up to 17.5% from where they are now ($66,755 a year) to where they will be in August next year ($78,353 a year).

Midwives to Vote on Proposed Settlement

9th April, 2019

Finally a breakthrough and positive outcome for employed midwives.
Around 1250 midwives employed by DHBs who are members of the midwives’ union, MERAS, are voting on a proposed settlement of their multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) that achieves much of what midwives have been fighting for.

Canterbury Measles Outbreak

14th March, 2019

The College is liaising very closely with the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), Community and Public Health specialists and of course our member midwives.

International Women’s Day

8th March, 2019

The New Zealand College of Midwives has a very simple message for its members and women around the country today, March 8th – you’re awesome and be kind to yourself.

National Health Advisory Notification of MMR immunisation advice

8th March, 2019

National Health Advisory Notification of MMR immunisation advice for healthcare workers ADVISORY SUMMARY: The Ministry wishes to remind all healthcare professionals and other people working in health care facilities, who were born on 1 January…

Midwives Withdraw Nelson-Marlborough strike

13th February, 2019

MERAS, the union representing midwives, has withdrawn its strike for Nelson-Marlborough DHB in light of the continuing state of emergency.

Industrial co-leader Jill Ovens says the union recognises the stress that our members, women, and the community have been through and that this is continuing.

“We have heard from members who have been volunteering to help in the community, supporting those affected by the fires in practical ways, and they felt strongly that we should cancel the strike,” Ms Ovens said.