Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Official Opening of NZ College of Midwives Christchurch


Official Opening of NZ College of Midwives Christchurch National Office



The new building emerges

Around 160 invited guests will next week attend the official reopening of the newly built New Zealand College of Midwives' head office on its original site in central Christchurch.

The College is one of the first organisations in the city to have completely rebuilt and moved back into the central city following the 2011 February earthquake.

NZCOM CEO Karen Guilliland says the official opening will be an opportunity to show off the new two storey building which is very different to the single story 100-year old brick villa the College for several years.

“We are delighted to be ‘home’ again in the centre of Christchurch and we are proud of what we have achieved in the relatively short time since February last year,” she says.

After damage from the September earthquake, the College was planning to repair the historic villa but Ms Guilliland says the February quake and subsequent aftershocks forced it to rethink.

“Repair and restoration was our first choice but as we looked at the costings it became clear we couldn’t make that work. We are a not-for-profit membership funded organisation and don’t have unlimited resources. We consulted our national committee who decided to rebuild, and importantly took a very firm decision to support Christchurch by keeping our national office here. We are very pleased with the result, which is a national office designed for the next century,” she says.

The new building houses the College, its sister organisation, the Midwifery and Maternity Provider Organisation (MMPO - which provides management and practice support for self-employed midwives), and also clinic rooms for Christchurch midwives and mothers. The building has been constructed to the highest specifications for earthquake resistance. Clinics have been held at a nearby motel for the last 18 months.

Appropriately, UNDP Director Helen Clark, the Minister of Health who championed midwifery autonomy in 1990, has sent words of congratulations which will be read at the opening. Ms Clark says,

“Midwives and women are often noted for their fortitude under pressure. Their determination to support Christchurch in its rebuild to provide midwifery services for women and their babies, and a strong and reliable office base for the College, is commendable”.

Dame Sylvia Cartwright, currently in Cambodia engaged in the Khmer Rouge trials, has also sent her personal congratulations, expressing regret that she is unable to attend. Dame Sylvia says,

“It would have been a great honour for me to support what the College of Midwives has achieved particularly in Christchurch but also in your day to day work which is so vital for New Zealand women. I am disappointed as I admire so much of what you did for the women of Christchurch and the spirit that drove rebuilding against enormous obstacles”.

Karen Guilliland says it is important to have a celebration around opening the new building rather than a formal unveiling, and everyone with an interest in midwifery and community health services has been invited.

“There’s a variety of speakers to share the occasion with us, and newly elected College President Sue Lennox will preside over the event,” she says.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Labour: Healthy Homes Bill Passes First Reading

Some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and families are on their way towards safer living conditions with the passing of the first reading of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill in Parliament last night, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Home, And A Way

The one thing even more popular than an Auckland house is offering advice on how to afford an Auckland house. So, on the grounds it can’t be worse than some of the stuff that’s out there, here’s my three cents* worth. [*Up 50% since 2013!] More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news