Aotearoa New Zealand

Te Rautaki Māori me te Ara Whakamua

RANZCOG recognises the special status of Māori as tangata whenua in Aotearoa New Zealand and is committed to meeting its obligations as te Tiriti o Waitangi partners.

Te Tiriti requires the health system to work towards eliminating health inequities between Māori and non-Māori. Te Rautaki Māori me te Ara Whakamua is the foundation for our equity journey and pae ora for all wāhine and pēpi.

Hauora wāhine Māori

RANZCOG is committed to a sustainable and diverse O&G workforce that can meet future hauora wāhine needs and will strengthen relationships with Māori organisations to support health equity for wāhine.

Education and training is central to our mahi and our strategy includes expanding the scope of advanced training to better suit the needs of our trainees and the community.

RANZCOG continues to proactively engage with Aotearoa New Zealand government to facilitate and improve outcomes for wāhine and whānau as well as members and trainees.

Our equity journey

Te Rautaki Māori me te Ara Whakamua is RANZCOG’s Māori strategy and action plan.

Our equity journey

RANZCOG established an O&G-specific cultural competence course which is mandatory for RANZCOG trainees in Aotearoa New Zealand. All RANZCOG Fellows are encouraged to attend the course. 

Through He Hono Wāhine we provide annual hui for trainees and Fellows, Māori medical students and PGYs. 

Two Māori positions have been established on the RANZCOG Council: Chair of He Hono Wāhine and a Māori Fellow (elected by Māori Fellows)

RANZCOG now has a Kaitohutohu Hauora Wāhine Māori  

Te Ara Whakamua – the pathway forward 

Advocacy for wāhine Māori and pēpi

Focus on equity in RANZCOG submissions and guidelines 

Māori O&G workforce grows to reflect the population 

Māori O&G leadership and governance is prioritised  

Culturally informed engagement with our members, stakeholders and communities 

Continue our support of RANZCOG Māori Fellows and trainees 

Increased research into hauora wāhine Māori  

Valuing and celebrating te ao Māori  

Advocacy in Aotearoa New Zealand

Me mahi tahi tātou mō te oranga o te katoa | we must work together for the wellbeing of all.

Cultural competence and cultural safety

RANZCOG supports the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) statement and definition of cultural safety.

training-topics 24 May 2022

Application of Hui Process/Meihana Model to Clinical Practice

Compulsory for trainees, and highly encouraged for members, this Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) course promotes positive engagement, appropriate care, treatment and health advocacy that supports Māori health equity.

Visit our Workshops page to view all the courses we offer not only as part of our training programs, but for continuing professional development and health professionals more broadly.


Hui-ā-tau, hosted by He Hono Wāhine, is held each year for RANZCOG Fellows, trainees and whānau at marae to engage, reflect and korero around hauora Māori in a relaxed but focused way.

He Hono Wāhine provide a supportive environment for attendees to learn about the Māori world view, share their clinical experiences, and contribute to the mahi of Te Rautaki Māori me te Ara Whakamua.

Contact Hauora Wāhine Māori Advisor, Bailey Parata if you’d like to know more:

NZ member and trainee support

Wellbeing and support

Here to support you

We support trainees and members to continue to practice during periods of personal difficulty and hardship.

Early career Fellows

An annual forum is held to engage RANZCOG early career Fellows* about the scope of work RANZCOG is involved in and the support and mentoring available.  

The forum is both a networking and professional development opportunity for RANZCOG early career Fellows with Fellows and external health stakeholders available to provide information and share personal experiences. 

To find out when the next forum is being held, email

*Up to 5 years since elevating to RANZCOG Fellowship is considered an early career Fellow. 

New Fellows

Congratulations on your elevation to Fellowship! Figuring out your opportunities and responsilities within the College can be challenging.

To assist you as you begin this journey, we’ve created a digital New Fellows Resource Guide.

Practice visits

Practice Visits provide confidential and collegial peer review of specialists within their work environment as part of their continuing professional development. Peer review ensures an understanding of the context and challenges of working in practice. 


Visit our Workshops page to view all the courses we offer not only as part of our training programs, but for continuing professional development and health professionals more broadly. The below courses/workshops are specific to Aotearoa New Zealand members.

Application of Hui Process/Meihana Model to Clinical Practice
Compulsory for trainees, and highly encouraged for members, this Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) course promotes positive engagement, appropriate care, treatment and health advocacy that supports Māori health equity.
Excellence in Report Writing and Expert Witness Training Workshop
This one-day workshop focuses on how to write reports of facts in response to patient complaints. Upon completion, Fellows can apply to participate in the RANZCOG Expert Witness Register.


Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku Pānui is a regular e-newsletter for Aotearoa New Zealand members and trainees highlighting the mahi of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku and topical hauora wāhine issues including sector consultations, latest research and guideline updates. 

Members are automatically subscribed to this newsletter.

Committees and leadership

The Aotearoa New Zealand office and committees are dedicated to equitable access to health services, and equity of health outcomes, for all wāhine in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Aotearoa New Zealand committees meet quarterly to advance Te Rautaki Māori me te Ara Whakamua and the College’s Strategic Plan. The committees are responsive to the needs of our members; please get in touch if you need to communicate with a committee or our office.

Your committees

New Zealand Training Accreditation Committee

Chair: Dr Sarah Machin

Deputy Chair: Dr Celia Devenish


22 March, 21 June, 20 September, 6 December


Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku

CHAIR: Dr Susan Fleming

Deputy Chairs: Dr Rachael McConnell and Dr Per Kempe


21 March, 20 June, 19 September, 5 December

COORDINATOR: Katie McFetridge

He Hono Wāhine

Chair: Dr Leigh Duncan

Deputy Chair: Dr Phil Suisted

KAUMATUA: Luke Crawford and Wendy Dallas-Katoa


20 March, 19 June, 18 September, 4 December


COORDINATOR: Bailey Parata

Your trainee representatives

Trainee Representative

South Island Aotearoa

Dr Vanessa Bowden

Trainee Representative

North Island Aotearoa

Dr Steven Knights

Our taonga

Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku logo

Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku

The name Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku means an assembly of people with a focus on health pertaining to women. 

The image encompasses all three elements of the name Te Kahui Oranga ō Nuku which are clearly visible within the tapa toru (triangle shapes).


He Hono Wāhine has provided the following mihi for opening RANZCOG meetings: 

Kia ora tātou 
E ngā maungā kōrero 
E ngā wai tapu o te motu 
E ngā hau e whā 
Tēnā koutou (x3) katoa 

Greetings everyone 
To those assembled from various parts 
To those from all parts of the country 
To those who have come from all over the land 
Greetings, Salutation, Acknowledgements to you all. 

Be well everyone 
To the speaking mountains 
To the sacred waterways of this land 
To those from the four winds 
Greetings, Salutation, Acknowledgements to you all. 

Taku pā harakeke e

The waiata, Taku pā harakeke e, was gifted to Te Kahui Oranga ō Nuku for use at RANZCOG NZ hui and events. Taku pā harakeke e was written with the help of Aotearoa singer/songwriter Maisey Rika at He Hono Wāhine’s Hui-ā-tau at Ōnuku Marae in October 2018.

The waiata, Taku pā harakeke e, was first sung at the opening of the 2019 RANZCOG NZ Annual Scientific Meeting in Kirikiriroa by Kiara Paul.


Taku pā harakeke e

Ko te oranga o te iwi
he wāhine he Atua
te tapu o te whare tāngata
he oranga, he oranga

Ko te taonga nui o te ao
he mokopuna, he kākano
i ruia mai i Rangiātea
he taonga, he taonga

Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku e
he waipuna ora e
mai i te po ki te ao mārama

Taku pā harakeke e

My village my family

The wellbeing of humankind
From Women and Gods
And the sacredness of childbirth
It is life it is life

The greatest gift in the world
A child and seed
Sown in Rangiātea
A gift and a treasure

The NZ Committee of RANZCOG
A wellspring of health
‘ab umbris ad lumina vitae’ ‘from shadows to the light of life’

My village my family


Grants and scholarships

UroGynaecological Society of Australasia (UGSA) Research Scholarship
Early-career Fellows and FRANZCOG trainees undertaking a research project in the field of urogynaecology can apply for funding of up to $20,000.
Robert Wrigley Pain Research Scholarship
Early-career Fellows and Advanced FRANZCOG trainees can apply for $12,000 of funding per year over two years ($24,000 total) for projects that contribute towards the improved treatment of pelvic pain.
Brown Craig Travelling Fellowship
Early-career RANZCOG Fellows and Advanced FRANZCOG trainees can apply for one of two $5,000 travel Fellowships for study or presentation of a scientific paper in O&G.
Mizuno-Ratnam Young Gynaecologist Award
RANZCOG Fellows and FRANZCOG trainees under 40 years of age can apply to be funded to attend the biennial AOFOG Congress.
Mercia Barnes Trust research grants
Each year, the Mercia Barnes Trust invites applications from Aotearoa New Zealand researchers for research fellowships in the area of women’s and reproductive health, up to a value of $35,000 each.

Funding opportunities

View all our grant and scholarship opportunities for your next research or travel career goal.

Specialist International Medical Graduates


Trained overseas? Find out how you can qualify to practice as a Specialist International Medical Graduate in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Contact us

Get in touch with our Aotearoa New Zealand and Global Health team.

Phone: +64 4 472 4608
Global Health:

RANZCOG Aotearoa New Zealand office
Level 6, Featherston Tower
23 Waring Taylor Street
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

PO Box 10611
Wellington 6140, New Zealand

Executive Director, Aotearoa New Zealand and Global HealthCatherine Cooper
Training Delivery LeadJude Kaveney
Global Health LeadCarolyn Poljski
Events and Professional Development LeadLaura Collins
Hauora Wāhine Māori AdvisorBailey Parata
Communications and Global Health CoordinatorLynn Gestro
Training and SIMG CoordinatorJanna Young (Libby Hamlyn: parental leave)
Office and Projects CoordinatorKatie McFetridge
AccountantGerry Westhuis


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