How to Join > Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join MERAS?

You can only join MERAS if you are a current member of NZCOM and employed in a hospital. Speak with your MERAS representative onsite at your place of employment in the first instance. Alternatively, you can download a membership form or contact the Membership Administrator, or telephone (03) 372 9738


I have just joined MERAS for the first time but haven't heard anything back

Memberships are activated once the first payment is received. If you pay by internet banking or installment automatic payment there will be a delay while your payments are processed.


I am a new graduate midwife, how much should I pay?

New Graduates are entitled to 50% discount for their first year as practicing Midwives.


My gross income is currently less than $25,000 per year. How do I claim the 50% reduction in membership fees?

You will need to provide evidence of your income by sending in a photocopy of your Summary of Earnings for the most recently financial year or a letter from your accountant.


I can't pay the full amount, what should I do?

You can pay by installments, either salary deductions or set up your own automatic payment (Bank details as below).

Employed

• Annual fee = $290.94

• Monthly = $24.25

• Fortnightly = $11.19

Employed - Low earner or New Graduate

• Annual Fee = $145.60

• Monthly = $12.13

• Fortnightly = $5.60


What Payment Methods are available?

• Cheque: full amount only, cheques payable to MERAS

• Internet Banking: for the full amount, lump sum, arrears or first installment payments: MERAS Membership, Account No: 12-3191-0008948-00, please use your membership number or surname as a reference

• Automatic payment: fortnightly or monthly installments. Payments must be set up by you with your own bank. Bank account details as above

• Deduction from Salary: fortnightly or monthly installments. Please request this through your own Pay Office. Click here to download a salary deduction form.

• Credit card: full amount only - Visa, Visa Debit or Mastercard. For electronic registrations please call us with your card details to process payment. For paper renewals; please enter details on the membership form - we will call you for the CVV code before the payment can be processed.

Please note we do not offer EFTPOS or Direct Debit facilities.


Will I get a receipt once I have paid my membership fee?

You automatically get a receipt when you pay your membership fee by cash, cheque or credit card. If you pay by automatic payment or salary deduction then you will need to request a receipt, or you can print one yourself via the Member's Portal.


Do I have to renew my membership each year?

Not necessarily. If you pay via salary deductions, or an installment automatic payment, we will assume that your membership will continue until you advise us that you wish to cancel your membership. If you pay annually in full each year, we will either post or email you a renewal form 6 weeks prior to your membership expiration date, which needs to be returned with your payment. NB: You can select how we notify you under "Your Notifications" in the Member's Portal


I am going on Maternity leave, what should I do with my membership?

Members can change the status of their membership for the maternity leave period. Please contact MERAS Membership Administrator, or telephone (03) 372 9738.


I have missed a few payments toward my membership, what do I do?

Please contact the MERAS Membership Administrator, or telephone (03) 372 9738.


I have just realised that I have been paying the wrong amount. What do I do?

It is a member’s responsibility to ensure they are paying the correct membership fee. If paying by automatic payment or salary deduction you will need to advise your bank or Pay Office to change the amount as we can not do this for you. If you think you are in arrears; or are concerned about your membership status please contact the Membership Administrator, or telephone (03) 372 9738.


How do I advise MERAS that I have changed my contact details?

You can update your own details via the Member's Portal, or contact MERAS on email - Membership Administrator, or telephone (03) 372 9738.


How do I resign from MERAS?

To resign from MERAS, please notify us in writing as soon as possible. You can email to Membership Administrator, or fax 03 377 5662, or post PO Box 21106, Edgeware, Christchurch 8143. NB: Please note that if you pay by Salary deductions, you also need to write to your own payroll to request these payments are stopped. Likewise for automatic payment installments, you also need to make sure these are stopped via your own bank.