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We are excited to welcome you to Christchurch / Ōtautahi, for our 16th Biennial National Conference to be held at Te Pae (Christchurch Convention Centre).

Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 October 2020

Embracing diversity – growing stronger together

Our conference theme brings together the concept of diversity with strength and growth. Woman and midwife are individuals, with diverse beliefs and expectations relating to culture, ethnicity, spirituality etc. and that by recognising, understanding and embracing these differences we can become stronger and work together.


This conference is created and designed for New Zealand midwives, but is inclusive to all those involved in maternity care.

October in Christchurch is special. When the daffodils begin to bloom and the blossoms line the avenues, it’s a sure sign warmer weather is on the way. Fondly renowned for hundreds of parks and gardens, Christchurch is the perfect place to visit and explore throughout Spring.

Diary the dates, plan to attend, learn, network and most of all have fun with colleagues within the midwifery sector.

Plenary speakers will be announced in the upcoming months, as well as Call for Abstracts opening, so be sure to check back or join our mailing list.


Venue – Te Pae, Christchurch

Te Pae, is the world-class purpose-build venue for the New Zealand College of Midwives 16th Biennial National Conference. Centrally located in the city (within easy walking distance to accommodation options), opening to the river on one side and a central city park, there is plenty to do outside of the conference venue, but still appreciate the connection with nature. We are thrilled to be hosting the conference, within Te Pae opening month.

‘Te Pae’ draws inspiration from:

Te Pae Maunga – Our Mountain views. The source of our origin and central to our land and people, Mountains are a key element on the Southern landscape, just as Te Pae is a central point within our city.

Te Pae Whenua – The vast plains we inhabit. With our strong ties to mountains and the rivers and plains they create, it is only natural this influence can be found in the building’s design, where shapes and lines represent the contours of our Southern Alps and braided rivers of Canterbury.

Te Pae Tangata – A Place to Meet and Converse. To talk, to be hosted, to share, entertain and inform… for Christchurch, Te Pae is a gathering place.