Tena koutou katoa.
We are currently in the process of moving to a co-governance structure with two Co-Chairperson Tangata Tiriti & Tangata Whenua. The Co-Chairs are supported by the core committee members who are voted in by the regional membership each year at the Annual General Meeting.
The Wairarapa sub regional chair is Lu Read and wherever possible is supported by the core committee.
As a region that spans two Districts Te Whatu Ora – Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley and Te Whatu Ora – Wairarapa (this includes Wellington Hospital, Hutt Hospital, Wairarapa Hospital and two primary birthing units at Kenepuru and Paraparaumu), we have a diverse range of midwives practising in homebirth, primary, secondary and tertiary facilities. The multiple perspectives these midwives contribute make our monthly meetings lively and informative.
Meetings for the Wellington region are held on the second Tuesday of the month, 7pm-9pm alternating between in-person and zoom, and are usually very well attended with up to 40 midwives coming along regularly. We are currently exploring different in-person venues. Meetings often include guest speakers, followed by general discussions about local reasons to celebrate or issues to resolve.
Student midwives are welcome to attend, and say they enjoy the opportunity to meet local midwives, participate in policy discussions e.g. ratification of consensus statements etc., and we have a strategy in place to support our local students which includes financial support for membership and a buddy system to give some extra support!
Our consumer members continue to add their vital voice to our proceedings and help us to keep our partnerships alive within our communities.
So come along if you are new to the area, or just passing through. We look forward to meeting you.