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It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 15th NZCOM Biennial National Conference, to be held in Rotorua, 24 – 25 August 2018.

This year, following feedback from the previous conference and our National Committee, we have looked to condense the conference programme to better enable midwives to find the time to participate.

The pōwhiri and welcome function will be held on the Thursday evening, allowing you to work the morning, and travel to Rotorua for the 5.45pm start. Then both Friday and Saturday will be full-day conference sessions. Allowing delegates to either make their way back home on Saturday evening or for a more leisurely pace on Sunday morning. Our aim was to reduce the nights away from home, but still offer the same amount of opportunities for midwives to connect and explore issues that affect them and their midwifery practice.

One Voice – Women and Midwives is the theme of the conference, this theme was confirmed over a year ago, but you can see it has real relevance today. We have some amazing speakers reflecting this theme. We are delighted to welcome back Dr Sally Pairman. Many of you would know Sally and her many previous roles within New Zealand midwifery, including NZCOM President. For the last 18 months, Sally has held the role of Chief Executive of International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). ICM supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives throughout the world.

Prof Hannah Dahlen will also be well known to many of you, as a prolific writer, researcher and midwifery advocate.

The programme and in particular the panels, have been designed to encourage discussion and debate as the different presenters provide their knowledge and varied viewpoints. This year following your feedback we have re-introduced workshops into the programme. Plus with over 40 concurrent sessions to choose from, there are many opportunities to learn and hear about the latest New Zealand research and practice innovations. We are extremely grateful to these presenters for sharing their knowledge and expertise with us at our conference.

The social events include a welcome function, following the powhiri and conference dinner on the second night which will give you plenty of time to reconnect with colleagues/friends and to make new acquaintances.

Midwifery has experienced some difficult years and the feedback we often receive following the conference, is that midwives feel the congeniality of spending a few days together, with an injection of knowledge and learning, this helps renew their professional energy.

Registrations are now open and we have set out an optional instalment plan to help spread the cost of conference. We encourage you to book early and make the most of the early bird fee. We look forward to seeing you in Rotorua at the end of August!

Message from our Kuia

I te timatanga, ka mihi kia Io Matua Kore, nana nei I homai, nana nei I tango.

Me maumahara nga mate puta noa te motu, te iti me te rahi.

E te whaea Mina, takahia te ara whanui a Tane, kua whakaritea mai mo nga rangatira, me te rawa kore. Haere koe kia Hawaiki Nui, Hawaiki Roa, Hawaiki Pamamao. Moe mai ra. Takoto.

Kia koutou te hunga ora, nga mātā waka, nga maunga whakahii, ko te whakakotahitanga I roto o te kaupapa to tatou oranga.

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa. Na Crete Cherrington (kuia)

Conference Theme

Women’s value in society, the work of mothers and midwives are all intrinsically linked. gender equality is an issue which affects all women in society and requires ‘consciously taken action to end this unfairness(1)’. Our theme One Voice – Women and Midwives acknowledges that midwives and women need to stand together knowing that they are stronger when united in their pursuit of gender equality.

1 World Economic Forum. The Global Gender Gap Report 2017. Geneva: World Economic Forum; 2017.


The New Zealand College of Midwives would like to extend their gratitude to the following organisations for their contributions to NZCOM 15th Biennial National Conference:

Principal sponsor


Supporting sponsors

Bayer Johnson’s SmartStart