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FAQs: Membership

Making changes to your membership

Yes, once you receive you annual practicing certificate from the Te Tatau o te Whare Kahu | Midwifery Council, you need to advise the College that you are about to start practising and that you need to change your membership category. This ensures you have the appropriate level of Professional Indemnity Insurance cover.

Yes, your employment status dictates your membership fee and appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance coverage.  You need to email the Membership Administrator or phone (03) 372 9738, whenever you change your status, regardless of when this occurs during your membership year.

It is recommended that you change to the Non-practising membership for your maternity leave period. Please email the Membership Administrator or phone (03) 372 9738. Please note you cannot remain listed on the Find Your Midwife website as a non-practicing member.

It is recommended that you change to Overseas membership for the period you are away – additional information is required, so please email the Membership Administrator or phone (03) 372 9738.

NB: overseas membership is correspondence only, no indemnity cover is included with this membership. Alternatively, you can change to Non-Practising if you are going on an extended holiday. We recommend that you continue as a non-practising or overseas member of the College as this means that any claims that may arise in the future will be covered by indemnity insurance through the College. For more information please contact the Membership Administrator.

Money matters

Members in selected categories have alternative payment options. Please see the Annual Membership Fees page

New graduates are entitled to a 25% discount for their first year as a practising midwife. This applies from the date you are registered and have your Annual Practising Certificate.

You will need to provide evidence of your income by sending a copy of your IRD Summary of Earnings for the most recent financial year, or a letter from your accountant.


  • Internet Banking: for the full amount, lump sum, arrears or first instalment payments: New Zealand College of Midwives Membership, Account No: 12-3191-0008921-01, please use your membership number and your surname as a reference
  • Automatic payment: fortnightly or monthly instalments. You must set up payments with your own bank. Bank account details as above
  • Salary deduction: fortnightly or monthly instalments. Please request this through your own Payroll Office
  • Credit card: full amount only – Visa, Visa Debit and 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
  • Members Portal: You can pay be credit card or account-to-account through the Members Portal 

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

You automatically receive a receipt when you pay your membership fee in full by cash, online banking or credit card. If you pay by automatic payment or salary deduction, then you can print your own copy from the Members Portal.

Once you have logged into the Members Portal, click Your Details, then NZCOM/College Membership. At the bottom of the page click View all Payments. You can also print your membership receipt and indemnity certificate from this view.

No. If your membership category has not changed (and the membership fee is still the same) then you can allow the automatic payments to continue. However, you still need to complete and return the renewal notice with your current details.

Please email the Membership Administrator or phone (03) 372 9738 immediately. Missing payments may affect your Professional Indemnity Insurance and you may invalidate your cover.

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 email the Membership Administrator or phone (03) 372 9738.

This means your membership fees are in arrears. You will need to complete the renewal notice and return it to the College. Gaps in your payment history could affect your Professional Indemnity Insurance cover.

Return your renewal notice with the updated information. Alternatively, you can login to the Members Portal at any time and update these details yourself.


If you haven’t received an email confirming your membership application has been received and advising on payment options, please email the Membership Administrator or phone (03) 372 9738.

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

Yes, we will automatically send you a renewal notice six weeks before your membership is due to expire. You must complete the renewal notice and return it to the College before expiry.

Once you have logged into the Members Portal, click the Indemnity forms button. Select the relevant renewal period and click Print. Please note the indemnity is only valid if all payments are up to date.

Please check your email junk filters, particularly with hotmail and gmail addresses. If you continue to have problems please contact the Membership Administrator, or phone (03) 372 9738.

To resign your membership, you need to notify the College in writing as soon as possible.

You can only join MERAS if you are an employed midwife and also a current member of the College. To join MERAS, please email merasmembers@meras.co.nz or phone (03) 372 9738.

To be a member of MMPO you must be a current member of the College. For information on how to join, please see the MMPO website or call 03 377 2485.