Primary Maternity Services Notice Review 2021 - Health professionals

Closed 13 Nov 2020

Opened 4 Sep 2020


This consultation is seeking feedback on the Ministry of Health’s proposed changes to the Primary Maternity Services Notice pursuant to Section 88 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 (the Notice).

The Ministry of Health is making these changes to increase the flexibility of community maternity services to better meet the varied needs of women and their whānau.

The Ministry is proposing both administrative and structural changes to the Notice.

This consultation survey is aimed at health professionals. 

We have a separate survey for consumers of maternity services (women and whānau).

Discussion document

You can download the discusion document:

You can also download the Draft of the new Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021.

How to have your say

The Ministry of Health has contracted Thinkplace, an independent third party, to carry out the collection and analysis of feedback received throughout this consultation process. We invite you to read the discussion document and provide your feedback using the options below. We have also included questions seeking your thoughts on the future of maternity services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Verbal feedback sessions

We are offering verbal feedback sessions (either one-on-one or as a group) as an alternative to the survey if this is more suitable for you. 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at to discuss the possibility of scheduling in a verbal feedback session. If there is high demand for these sessions, we will need to prioritise who we speak with. We apologise if your feedback session cannot be accommodated.

Prioritisation list:

  • those health professionals who currently claim from Section 88
  • those with a disability making it difficult to access the survey
  • those who are Māori and/or Pasifika
  • those health professionals where Māori and/or Pasifika clients make up roughly half your caseload
  • those health professionals where roughly half of your clients live rurally.

Complete the online survey

Complete the online survey to leave feedback directly on the discussion document.  See Give us your views below.

Download and complete a feedback form

Return feedback forms to us via:



Section 88 Consultation
ThinkPlace limited
PO Box 23229 
Wellington 6041

The closing date for feedback is 13 November 2020.


  • Health sector


  • Maternity