About Us


The New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) is the professional organisation and recognised ‘voice’ for both employed ‘core’ and self-employed ‘community’ midwives. NZCOM represents over 2000 members and works in partnership with maternity consumer groups and individual women to ensure high quality maternity and midwifery services in New Zealand. NZCOM is made up of regional committees which function autonomously and have their own constitutions which align to the national NZCOM constitution and overall objectives of maintaining a quality maternity service, ensuring midwifery practice standards and supporting midwives to provide woman-centred care. Regional Committees are all volunteers and each region organises it’s own meetings and other activities. Each of the regional Chairpersons are part of the National Committee (the governance body of NZCOM) and have a key role in raising regional midwifery related issues at a national level and ensuring that items of national interest to midwifery are brought to the regions.


Sheryl Wright


(027) 282 4784


Hi. My name is Sheryl Wright and I’ve been a rural / remote rural community LMC midwife since 2003. I live and am based in Huntly covering the North Waikato region.
I completed my degree at WINTEC and have worked in primary care ever since. I am the mum of three and recently also became a “Grammy”. Besides midwifery my other passion in life is travel which I like to indulge as often as possible!

I am excited to be part of Waikato NZCOM and look forward to working on behalf of members to ensure that the Waikato midwifery voice is heard locally and nationally.


Karen Barnes


(027) 3938517


I’ve been a midwife for around 30 years, having worked in primary, secondary and tertiary level hospitals as well as a good number of years as an LMC in Christchurch. My experiences have led me to my current interest and passion in working with women who are experiencing more complex pregnancy journeys. I’m enjoying the challenge of working in the Delivery Suite at Waikato Hospital, where there is never a dull day!
I’ve lived in Canterbury all my life, until our move to Hamilton about 8 years ago, following my husband’s career interests. I’m enjoying the warmer weather here, but miss the beautiful Southern Alps that were always my compass point for travel, and a place of many adventures.
I am married and have four grown boys who are now out having adventures of their own around the world.

It’s been a privilege to take on a leadership role with our local branch of NZCOM, which has enabled me to gain a broader picture of Waikato and Taranaki midwives and the challenges and joys they face.


Samantha Coffey



‘m originally from Vancouver Island, Canada and moved to NZ almost 8 years ago now, with my Kiwi husband, three children, two cats and one large dog.

I became interested in becoming a midwife after the birth of our second child but that goal seemed unattainable while living in Canada, instead I spent some time volunteering at Vancouver Island Sexual Health and as a labour support companion for military families based at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

After our move to Hamilton, I enrolled at Wintec in 2012 and am now in my 3rd year of practice at Waikato Hospital. I’m looking forward to getting more involved with regional activities


Angela Kingi



Courtney Butler

Social Events Coordinator


Hey everyone, I am currently a core midwife at Waikato Hospital. I graduated from WINTEC in 2012 and worked as an LMC until 2015 when I started at the hospital. I moved to Hamilton from Whakatane to do my training and ended up staying!

This past year I have really felt the need to be involved more with NZCOM and the politics of midwifery – so I hope that having a role on the committee will help wet my toes.

Waikato NZCOM Regional Representatives

Breast Pump Coordinator

Julia Fransen – Phone (021) 069 8118

Find your Midwife

Fiona Hermann & Renee Millar

Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC) Maternity Morbidity Review Working Group


Midwifery Employee Representation & Advisory Service (MERAS)

Courtney Butler & Jo Simpson

Midwifery Standards Reviewers (Midwives)

Lucie Benard, Rachel Cassie, Angela Hindman, Sue Holdom, Annette Jellyman, Michelle Keen, Sarah Power

Midwifery Standards Reviewers (Consumers)

Lee Sanft, Marilla Swift, Cat Taylor



Resolutions Committee

Jo Simpson & Sally Poulgrain – Phone (07) 838 3196

Waikato DHB Maternity Safety & Quality Programme (MSQP)

Clare Barnett, Rebecca Clewlow, Kerri Houghton & Sallie Turner

Wintec Employer Engagement Group (EEG)

Member of the Waikato Regional Committee

NZCOM Representatives

Midwifery Council:
  • Board Member: Debbie Fawcett
  • Expert Witness: Fiona Hermann
  • Competency Reviewer: Rebecca Clewlow
Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme Technical Group:
  • Sheryl Wright