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

Vice Chairperson

(027) 282 4784


Hi. My name is Sheryl Wright and I’ve been a rural / remote rural community midwife since 2003.  After many years working in the Waikato region I am now living and working on the beautiful north western Coromandel Peninsula.  I completed my degree at WINTEC and have worked in primary care ever since. I am the mum of three and am enjoying my new role as “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.


Tracey Williams



I am a Hamiltonian born and bred although I escaped off on my great OE in my youth like so many others but didn’t end up coming back for 15 years! I originally trained as a teacher but my interest in midwifery was piqued after the birth of my three children who were born in England, Germany and Northern Ireland. Whilst each of these experiences were so different I can hands down say the New Zealand model of care is definitely something to be proud of.

I did my midwifery training at the University of the West of England in Bristol qualifying in 2009. I spent the next 2 years consolidating my skills at the Royal United Hospital in Bath before we packed our bags and returned home to my roots. For the last 7 years I have been employed by Waikato DHB, for the first 2 years as a fulltime core midwife on delivery suite, and the last 5 have been in my current role as Perinatal Clinical Midwife Specialist. I find my role very rewarding and I am passionate about providing a good service to women and their whanau.

I am keen to continue to raise the positive profile of midwives in the community , to champion our collective cause and above all else I am very proud to be a Waikato midwife.


Samantha Coffey



I’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


Kia Ora Kotou

Ko Pirongia tōku maunga
Ko Waikato tōku awa
I whanau mai ki Pārāwai (Thames)
Ko Kirikiriroa enoha ana
Ko Brent tōku hoa tane
Ko Sannah-Rose taku tamāhine
Ko Kaia taku tama
Ko Ange Kingi tōku ingoa

Nō reira
tenā koutou tenā koutou tenā koutou katoa

I am an LMC midwife and work in suburban Hamilton and the wider Waikato. During my degree I sat on the National Committee as the Student Representative and I really enjoyed being involved at a National level. Joining the Waikato Regional Branch as the Treasurer has given me the chance to be involved again. I am grateful for the work our National & Regional Committee does for our profession and I look forward to contributing to this through my role as Treasurer.


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.

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Liz James

Committee Member

Tēnā koutou katoa.   I have been a midwife for over 30 years. My work experience has included tertiary, a brief stint in a private hospital in Australia, many years in the community, initially as a homebirth midwife and in education.  I have three adult children who are a delight.  I am completing a thesis focusing on the professional relationship between caseloading midwives and the women they care for. It is a slow process and is teaching me to be patient! I do contract work for Midwifery Council and I am part of the NZCOM education team. I also have a very small caseload. I am thrilled to be part of an amazing team working for the College membership.


Fiona Hermann

Committee Member

Tena koutou katoa.  I’ve been a midwife for thirty years and I’m still amazed by birth and breastfeeding.  I started my midwifery career in the UK where I did my education after nursing training in NZ. I was a founding member of  the Waikato branch of the College of Midwives in 1989 and have worked as a core midwife, an LMC, as a midwifery lecturer at Wintec and now back to the DHB where I’m currently in a role as the associate midwifery director. I am humbled by how hard midwives work, and also by how many pies the College has it’s fingers in nationally. I’ve been chairperson of our region, and am pleased to continue to have involvement with the committee.   I have three adult sons  and out of work love my garden, all sorts of crafts and walking my “daughter”, cavoodle Stella.


Committee Member

Karen Barnes

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 a community midwife 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.

Waikato NZCOM Regional Representatives

Breast Pump Coordinator

Julia Fransen – Phone (021) 069 8118

Find your Midwife

Fiona Hermann

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

Currently vacant

Midwifery Employee Representation & Advisory Service (MERAS)

Jo Simpson & Sam Coffey

Midwifery Standards Reviewers (Midwives)

Rachel Cassie, Angela Hindman, Sue Holdom, Annette Jellyman, Michelle Keen, Rachel Taylor

Midwifery Standards Reviewers (Consumers)

Lee Sanft, Marilla Swift, Cat Taylor

Resolutions Committee

Sabine Weil & Sally Poulgrain – Email : waikatoresolutions@gmail.com

Waikato DHB Maternity Safety & Quality Programme (MSQP)

Kerri Houghton & Anita Bain

Wintec Employer Engagement Group (EEG)

Leanne Mackie

NZCOM Representatives

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