The Council


Sections 120-122 of the HPCA Act outline the requirements of Council membership. As the Midwifery Council has eight members, there is a requirement that two are lay people.

Council appointments are made by the Minister of Health. Appointments processes are managed by the Ministry of Health who advertise when vacancies become due. Individuals can be appointed to a board for a maximum of nine consecutive years. However each must reapply for a new appointment when their current appointment ends. 
Further information can be found on the Ministry of Health website

Chris Mallon

Chris was appointed to the Council in December 2015 for a three year term. She is currently Chief Midwife at Counties Manukau Health. Chris has extensive experience as an LMC, a core midwife and in midwifery leadership. She has a particular interest in collaborative work environment and how services work together. Chris is based in Auckland.


Kerry Adams
Deputy Chair

Kerry was appointed to the Midwifery Council in December 2015. Kerry is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Midwifery at Otago Polytechnic where she teaches across the three years of the undergraduate programme. Kerry currently has a small LMC practise to retain her midwifery competency and is currently a MFYP mentor and is the midwife member of the national Screening Unit's, Newborn Metabolic Screening Advisory Group. Kerry has in the past been the Otago Regional Chair for NZCOM, an Expert Advisor for the HDC and a member of the Processional Conduct Committee for MCNZ and has worked in all maternity settings both in Wellington and Dunedin. Kerry lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two children.


Debbie Fawcett

Debbie has been a midwife for over 20 years, emigrating with her family from the UK in 1998. Since her arrival, she has lived and worked in the Waikato. She first worked at Waikato Hospital as the Clinical Midwifery Leader and then for a time as an educator. Since 2000, she has worked as a community-based midwife and also supervises and supports 2nd and 3rd year midwifery students in their clinical placements. Debbie has been an active member of the NZ College of Midwives at regional and national level and has been both a member of th4e board and chair of the NZ Brestfeeding Authority. She is a past member of the Waikato DHB Midwifery Strategic Advisory Group and the chairperson for the Midwifery and Maternity Provider Clinical Reference Group.


Melanie Tarrant

Lay member Melanie Tarrant lives in Christchurch where she and her husband operate a New World supermarket. Melanie has had extensive experience of the maternity services, having 4 daughters aged between 10 and 3. Two other babies died un utero at 20 and 27 weeks and it was these experiences that led to Melanie becoming involved in SANDS. She set up a SANDS group for the Hokitika/Greymouth area and is a member of the National Board. Melanie has previously worked in education as an economics teacher.


Mahia Winder

Mahia has iwi affiliation to Ngati Tuwharetoa, Nagi Ruakawa and Ngai Tahu. Since qualifying as a midwife in at AIT in the mid 9's, Mahia has practised across the midwifery practice environment, including home birth and DHB core midwifery. In June 2015, she became the Team Leader of the Maori midwifery team which focusses on ensuring that Maori women receive clinically and culturally appropriate midwifery care. Mahia's current role is working at AUT as Maori Midwifery Liaison Midwife.


Ngarangi Pritchard

My whanau is my world. My husband is Boyd and in our whanau we have three sons, their partners, and four beautiful mokopuna. I am the person/ midwife today due in part to their never-ending support. My journey into midwifery began in 1974. Registered as a midwife in 1995. I worked as an LMC for 22 years, caring for mainly Maori and Pacific women. I now work in the womens clinics Wellington Hospital as an antenatal clinic coordinator.


Jude Cottrell

Jude has been a practicing lead maternity carer for nearly thirty years. Her key area of interest is natural birth and the dynamics that enable women to take responsibility for their choices. She worked as a midwifery educator for twelve years and the clinical director of physiological birth for three years at Auckland Hospital. Recently she has worked with The International Confederation of Midwives creating workshops and resources to address respect in maternity settings. Jude has appreciated the model of midwifery care in New Zealand and is also aware of the challenges that the 21st century brings. She is committed to bringing equity to the maternity setting and also realistic, and sustainable parameters so that our profession can thrive