22 Feb 2012

Midwives collective settles in new home

6:40 am on 22 February 2012

The chairperson of Maori Midwives Collective Nga Maia, says the earthquake in Christchurch a year ago forced the organisation to start its administrative operations from scratch.

Aroha Rereti-Crofts says the collective had offices in a building in Hereford Street which was badly damaged and has since been demolished.

She says all the organisation's office equipment and many of the files were lost, which meant an anxious time for office staff.

Aroha Rereti-Crofts says the past year has been a time of moving on, looking to the future and deciding on a home somewhere else.

On Tuesday Health Minister Tariana Turia officially opened Nga Maia's new national premises in Hastings.

Nga Maia, which has a hundred 120 members is keen to build up numbers so it can better assist expectant Maori mothers.