Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Te Tatou o Te Whare Kahu, the Midwifery Council is fully committed to Te Tiriti O Waitangi as a foundation for our governance, our organisation, in how we undertake our statutory functions to support the midwifery profession and the public. 

To meet our commitment, the Council starting in 2021 will develop a Te Tiriti honouring framework and workplan. A Te Tiriti led framework enables equal partnership, power sharing, and agreements to occur by consensus.

Cultural safety is a priority for the Council. Tangible measures include  clear expectations and standards to ensure that cultural safety is embedded in midwifery pre-registration programmes of education, the competence standards, recertification programmes and programmes for international midwives entering practice in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The Council expectation is for all midwives in Aotearoa to  demonstrate culturally safe practice.

The Council Board and secretariat are committed to working in a way that is Te Tiriti honouring and enables  equity for whanau.


Iris Pahau appointed Tikanga Advisor

The Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Whaea Iris Pahau as Tikanga Advisor to Te Tatau o te Whare Kahu the Midwifery Council. Iris is the Director of AWE Consultants Limited and, along with her late husband, Wereta Wairakau Pahau, developed a Te Tiriti Relationship Governance Framework and Te Wairua o Te Tiriti Model.
Both these practices advocate for organisations to work within the spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi where our tupuna/ancestors, both Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti sought to establish a true partnership where dreams and aspirations of all New Zealanders can become a reality without prejudice or discrimination.



Ka titiro ake au ki Te Taitokerau me ngā Iwi o Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa me Ngāti Kurī, me ōna awa, me maunga kōrero
Ka huri ake au ki Mōtītī te Motu o Ngāti Awa, ka tangi ake, ki a rātou
Ka huri ake au anō ki Taranaki maunga, ka mīharo ake
Ka tōmuri ake te titiro ki te Wanui-a-rua ki Taumarunui e noho ana au ināianei
Ko Iris Pahau ahau
Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.