Maternity stakeholder information sessions

Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 and Maternity Data Standards/New Zealand Perinatal Spine projects

The Ministry of Health is hosting a series of stakeholder information sessions across Aotearoa New Zealand.

These sessions will give people working in the maternity sector the opportunity to find out about the changes to the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021, to learn about the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) Maternity Care Summary Standard and the New Zealand Perinatal Spine projects.

These sessions will provide midwives, GPs, obstetricians and other stakeholders with relevant practical information and guidance on how the upcoming changes to the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 will affect them, including what services they will be able to claim for, and how to claim for them.

Attendees will also be updated on important changes to the HISO Maternity Care Summary Standard which are helping to standardise the collection of maternity clinical information with the aim of improving maternity care in New Zealand. The HISO Maternity Care Summary Standard is also an enabler for other primary or secondary compliant solutions to integrate maternity information nationally to the Perinatal Spine.

Primary Maternity Services Notice

The Ministry of Health undertook a public consultation on proposed changes to the existing Primary Maternity Services Notice last year from September to November.

Implementing the Budget 2020 allocation of $85 million (over four years) requires amendments to the Primary Maternity Services Notice in order to deliver this funding for additional primary maternity care to women with complex needs, and to women living in rural areas.

Stakeholder feedback was crucial to this review process and we received 944 individual submissions during the consultation process. The insights arising from this consultation are incredibly valuable and we have carefully considered all feedback as we finalised the changes to the Primary Maternity Service Notice.

The Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 has been gazetted, with the changes coming into effect on November 29, 2021. 

Members of the Ministry’s Maternity Team will give a presentation and answer questions about what these changes mean for you. See Session dates and locations below.

Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO 10050.2:2020) Maternity Care Summary Standard and New Zealand Perinatal Spine

To provide high-quality maternity care in New Zealand, we need to underpin midwifery and medical practice with information that supports the care of women, babies, their families and whānau; continuity of care; best practice; and analytics.

The HISO Maternity Care Summary Standard ensures that information related to maternity care is consistently recorded and contributes to high-quality care of women and babies. The dataset can be shared to support continuity of care between providers and communication with whānau and family. It will also offer opportunities for data analysis and improvement of service design.

Following a consultation process last year, the latest standards are available at HISO 10050.2:2020 Maternity Care Summary Standard and will be finalised later this year.

The Perinatal Spine is a database (based on the standard) for storing and exchanging national maternity data in real-time. The purpose of the Perinatal Spine is to store all encounters and events relating to a woman's pregnancy, wherever they occur in the country, in a single, shared record.

A representative of the Ministry’s Data and Digital team will give an update on what the latest changes to HISO mean for the sector, and guidance on how these standards can be incorporated into clinical care.

Session dates and locations

Members of the Ministry’s Maternity and Data & Digital teams are visiting locations across the country from Invercargill to Whangarei.

Dates and venues for all the Stakeholder Information Sessions have been finalised. Please see the RSVP details below to indicate your intention to attend a session.

Should there be any changes to the COVID-19 Alert Level, these events may be postponed in accordance with the guidance issued for gatherings and events.

Stakeholder Information Sessions - dates and venues






Wednesday 30th June

11:00am – 3.30pm


University of Otago,
71 Frederick Street,

Lecture Theatre G.10

Monday 5th July

11:00am – 3.30pm


Hauora Tairawhiti,
421 Ormond, 


Wednesday 28th July

11:00am – 3.00pm


St John Ambulance,
112 Water Walk RoadGreymouth

St John Ambulance
Meeting Room

Thursday 29th July

10.30am – 3.00pm


The Hotel Nelson
40 Waimea Road,

Brougham Room

Thursday 5th August

11:00am - 3:30pm


Palmerston Nth


MidCentral DHB
50 Ruahine Street,
Palmerston North

Education Centre Hall

Thursday 12th August

12:00pm - 4:00pm




Waikato DHB
Pembroke Street,

Waiora Waikato Centre
Level 4

Tuesday 17th August

10:30am - 3:30pm


Middlemore Hospital
100 Hospital Road

Lecture Theatre

Monday 13th  September
To be rescheduled to Thursday 4th or Friday 5th November TBC

10:30am - 3:00pm




Rarakau: Riccarton Centre
199 Clarence Street Riccarton

Kahikitea Main Hall


Tuesday 14th  September

9:30am - 2:00pm




Southland Hospital
Kew Road

The Education Centre
Seminar A&B

Tuesday 28th September

10:30am to 3:00pm


Lakes DHB
Arawa Street



Thursday 30th September

11:00am - 3:30pm




Hawke’s Bay DHB
398 Omahu Road

Education Centre
1st Floor

Friday 15th October

10:30am - 3:00pm




Northland DHB
Maunu Road

Tohorā House
Whangarei Hospital Campus
Tangihua meeting room

Monday 18th October

10:00am - 3:00pm


Ratonga Rua-o-Porirua Campus
Upper Main Drive,

Te Papa Building
Moa Room

Friday 22nd October

11:30am - 4:00pm


North Shore Hospital
124 Shakespeare Rd

Whenua Pupuke

Ground Floor

Tuesday 26th October

11:00am - 3:30pm

New Plymouth

Taranaki DHB
David Street
New Plymouth

Special Services Block
Level 3
Education Centre
Lecture Theatre

*Please note that the Auckland Stakeholder Information Session has been scheduled with the assumption Auckland will be at Alert Level 2 at the time of this session. It will not be able to be held if Auckland remains at Alert Level 3.


To RSVP for one of the scheduled events, please email [email protected] and provide the following information:

  • your name
  • contact email address
  • your role
  • your usual location of work
  • the date, time and location of the Stakeholder Information Session you would like to attend
  • any dietary requirements.

A light lunch will be provided for each Stakeholder Information Session.


Places are strictly limited due to the country’s current COVID-19 Alert Level 2 status (apart from the Auckland region). People will not be admitted to the session if they have not booked a place.

There are several measures in place for the sessions under Alert Level 2 as per the guidance for events issued by the New Zealand Government. Read more on the Unite Against COVID website.

  • No more than 100 people will be present at these indoor events.
  • You need to scan the NZ COVID-19 Tracer app QR code when you enter the venue building.
  • Please sanitise your hands on arrival and regularly throughout the day.
  • You will also need to sign the attendance sheet when you arrive at the Stakeholder Information Session.
  • You need to maintain a 1-metre physical distance from other attendees.
  • Even if you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you still need to keep 1-metre apart from others.
  • You need to wear a mask or face covering during the Stakeholder Information Session, except when eating or drinking.
  • A light lunch will be provided and this must be eaten while seated. No drinks will be provided so please bring your own drink bottle.

Please do not attend the Stakeholder Information Session if you are unwell. Stay home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice.

Should there be any further changes to the COVID-19 Alert Level, these events may be postponed in accordance with the guidance issued by the New Zealand Government.

Additional online resources are also being prepared to update you on the changes.

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