Committee members and meeting dates


Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku

The focus of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku is to promote equitable access for all women to health services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Explanation and meaning behind Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku and image

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

Te Kahui Oranga ō Nuku image was designed by Dave Burke in conjunction with He Hono Wāhine Kaumatua Luke Crawford.  The imagery is explained here:

Te Kahui o ngā whetū is a common Māori phrase which speaks of the constellation or gathering of stars. This concept was chosen ahead of many other ways of describing a committee because of its relationship in particular to the navigational aspects of stars and the prominence of the southern cross as a defining feature of location for peoples in the pacific and in particular Aotearoa New Zealand.

Oranga stems from the root word Ora which positions the gathering of people (the committee) in terms of its focus and function, namely, health and well being.

Ō Nuku is a term which stems from the primary name Papatuanuku meaning Earth Mother and in the context of the name it gives further focus for the committee toward the primordial female element particularly as it relates to obstetrics and gynaecology.

The image encompasses all three elements of the name Te Kahui Oranga ō Nuku which are clearly visible within the tapa toru (triangle shapes). Te Kahui is represented in the constellation of stars in the blue triangle with particular reference to Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific region where we are located. Oranga is within the red triangle, represented by the unfurling koru shapes which grow upwards. A central Manawa line representing Papatuanuku reflects the ō Nuku portion of the name. The upward and forward facing triangle shapes convey advancing and working hard to achieve positive outcomes in women’s health.

Mihi for opening RANZCOG meetings

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 4 winds
Greetings, Salutation, Acknowledgements to you all.

2022 meetings: 21 March, 20 June, 19 September, 5 December 

  • Sue Fleming – Chair, Board Member
  • Gill Gibson – Vice President, NZ
  • Philip Suisted – Councillor, Māori
  • Sue Belgrave – NZ Councillor
  • Emma Jackson – NZ Councillor
  • Celia Devenish – NZ SIMG Panel Chair
  • Leigh Duncan – He Hono Wāhine Chair
  • Sarah Machin – NZTAC Chair
  • Ruth Swarbrick – Elected member
  • Rachael McConnell – Elected member
  • Per Kempe – Elected member
  • Anand Gangji – Elected member
  • Meera Sood – Elected member
  • Astrid Budden – Co-opted: Private practice representative
  • Kara Okesene-Gafa – Co-opted: Academic representative
  • Sam Holford – Trainee representative
  • Karen Vaughan – Community representative
  • Catherine Cooper, Head of Aotearoa NZ & Global Health 
  • Katie McFetridge, Administrator, Aotearoa NZ & Global Health 

He Hono Wāhine 

The focus of He Hono Wāhine, a subcommittee of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku, is to improve health outcomes for wāhine Māori and their pēpi.

2022 meetings: 20 March, 19 June, 18 September, 4 December

  • Dr Leigh Duncan – Chair
  • Mr Luke Crawford – Kaumatua
  • Ms Wendy Dallas-Katoa – Kaumatua
  • Dr Sue Fleming – Chair of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku
  • Dr Phil Suisted – Councillor, Māori 
  • Dr Angela Beard – Fellow
  • Dr Olivia Stuart - Fellow
  • Dr Kasey Tawhara – Fellow
  • Dr Erena Browne – Trainee representative
  • Dr Sarah Te Whaiti– Trainee representative
  • Ms Tamara Karu – Ngā Maia representative
  • Dr Bev Lawton – Academic representative
  • Ms Kate McNabb – Community representative
  • Catherine Cooper - Head of Aotearoa New Zealand and Global Health
  • Bailey Parata – Hauora Wāhine Māori Advisor

RANZCOG New Zealand Training Accreditation Committee 

2022 meetings: 22 March, 21 June, 20 September, 6 December

  • Dr Sarah Machin – Chair
  • Dr Celia Devenish – Southern ITP Co-ordinator
  • Dr Philippa Davey – Committee member
  • Dr Narena Dudley – Committee member
  • Dr Deralie Flower – Committee member
  • Dr Sam Holford – North Island Trainee representative
  • Dr Fali Langdana – Central ITP Co-ordinator
  • Dr Tess Nagy –  South Island Trainee representative
  • Dr Sarah Tout – Northern ITP Co-ordinator
  • Jude Kaveney – Training Delivery Lead

New Zealand O&G Working Group

The purpose of the NZ O&G Working Group is to support future workforce planning initiatives by the College.  

  • Dr Gillian Gibson – Chair
  • Dr Kate Coffey – Member
  • Dr Astrid Budden – Member, Private Practice representative
  • Dr Angela Beard  – Member
  • Dr Emma Jackson – Member
  • Dr Jim Faherty – Member, Regional representative
  • Dr Simon Scheck – Member, Trainee representative

Expense Reimbursement

Expense reimbursement applies to Fellows and trainees undertaking work on behalf of RANZCOG. The NZ office processes expense reimbursement claims from NZ Fellows and trainees. Please submit your claim forms to [email protected].


More information

RANZCOG New Zealand Office 
Level 6, Featherston Tower
23 Waring Taylor Street
Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Phone: +64 4 472 4608
Email: [email protected]


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