> Governance - The National Committee
The New Zealand College of Midwives (the ‘NZCOM’) is an Incorporated Society with charitable status. It is a national membership based organisation, with over 3100 members comprising of midwives (both employed and self employed), consumers and consumer organisations. The NZCOM has a national office (based in Christchurch) and a regional structure of ten committees and five sub committees in smaller provincial centres. To download the NZCOM organisational structure click here.
The College is governed by a board (the ‘National Committee’) comprising a number of nominated and elected representatives from throughout New Zealand. Representatives include rural midwives, urban midwives, educators, students, consumers, Maori midwives and birthing women.
The College’s governance structure allows for extensive networking at regional and national levels, thus ensuring that the New Zealand College of Midwives is responsive to maternity service issues.
The National Committee meets approximately four times per annum. Between meetings, consultation and decision making occurs via formal and informal communication with management. In addition, a separate governance subcommittee (which also includes non National Committee elected representation) provides readily available advice and guidance to management.
The National Committee include regional representatives detailed here as well as the following National representatives:
Kuia Crete Cherrington
Elder: Sue Bree
President: Deb Pittam
Chief Executive: Karen Guilliland
Education Advisor: Mary Kensington
Nga Maia Maori Midwives Aotearoa: Kaniwa Kupenga
Pasifika: Tish Taihia :& Nga Marsters
La Leche League: Trudy Hart
Parents Centres New Zealand Limited: Nicola Mapletoft
Home Birth Aotearoa: Sharon Knightbridge
Plunket: Katrina Coleman
Schools of Midwifery Student Representatives: Dani Gibbs
For more information on the College regional activities click here
For more information on the Consumer Groups represented on the committee click here