Whānuitanga o Te Mahi | Scope of Practice

Te Tatau o te Whare Kahu, the Midwifery Council is required under the HPCA Act 2003 to prescribe the Scope of Practice of a midwife. The Scope of Practice statement provides the broad boundaries of practice across the profession. It is not specific to an individual, however, all care provided by midwives must sit within it.

The revised Scope of Practice statement, presented below for your feedback, positions midwifery practice to meet the contemporary needs of whānau across Aotearoa New Zealand. It is deliberate in honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi [i] in that it upholds Tangata Whenua [ii] and Tangata Tiriti [iii] as equal partners.

Dr Hope Tupara | Co-chair - Aotearoa Midwifery Project Reference Group

Dr Judith McAra-Couper | Co-chair - Aotearoa Midwifery Project Reference Group

View the Scope of Practice statement here


Feedback is currently closed

Deadline for feedback was: Friday April 29th 2022 5.00pm


Tā te Kahu pōkai hōkaitanga o te tikanga ako | Educational Resource

Midwives will need to engage in their own exploration of the concepts used within the revised Scope of Practice statement. The links below provide access to some initial texts that may assist midwives.

  1. Te Tiriti o Waitangi Māori text as translated by Professor I H Kāwharu, published in Report of the Royal Commission on Social Policy, Wellington 1988
  2. Tangata Whenua: Generic term for Māori comprising those with Mana Whenua responsibilities (Māori who are tied culturally to an area by whakapapa and whose ancestors lived and died there) together with Taura Here (Māori resident in an area, but who belong to waka and Iwi from other parts of Aotearoa)
  3. Tangata Tiriti: Generic term to describe people whose rights to live in Aotearoa derive from Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the arrangements that the Crown has established under the provisions of ‘Ko te tuatoru’ of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Māori text)