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Objective One: Purposefully and continuously develop and maintain a strong autonomous midwifery profession in New Zealand

• Women and New Zealand society in general have a well-developed understanding of midwifery and the benefits of the midwifery care and the New Zealand maternity model

• The midwifery scope of practice and professional autonomy is maintained and reflected within all maternity service frameworks and relevant documents

• Increase and strengthen the capacity of midwifery leadership throughout New Zealand

• Align midwifery professional and employment frameworks

• Increase number of Maori and Pasifika midwives in New Zealand