JohnTaitMr John Tait (Chair)

John has been a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in Wellington since 1986. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Capital & Coast DHB. Prior to this role he was the Executive Director Clinical, Surgery, Women’s and Children’s.

John is an active member of the ACC Neonatal Encephalopathy Taskforce, Chair of the National Maternity Monitoring Group (NMMG), and Co-Chair of the Maternity Morbidity Working Group (MMRWG). He is the Vice President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG).

As an obstetrician, he brings this perspective to the PMMRC.

Rose ElderDr Rose Elder (deputy chair)

Rose is an obstetrician and gynaecologist working in Wellington. Currently she is the clinical leader for obstetrics at Capital & Coast DHB. She has been a local coordinator for PMMRC for several years.

Rose also serves on the committee’s maternal working group.

R2.Cronin PhotoRobin Cronin

Robin is a midwife who works in a clinical role in the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) development and education service at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland.

She is also a PhD student researching modifiable risk factors for late stillbirth at the University of Auckland. She has a midwifery master’s degree and an extensive nursing and midwifery background. 

Robin brings the role and experience of Midwives to the PMMRC.

Claire MacDonald stands in a hospital room, smiling.Claire MacDonald

Claire is a midwife with experience in community, hospital, urban and rural settings, from home birth to complex tertiary-level care. Claire has also served in a number of positions as a regional and national midwifery representative, as a liaison midwife and has led the development of maternity clinical guidelines.

Claire works as a midwifery advisor for the New Zealand College of Midwives. She is a public health masters student and has a strong interest in working towards equitable health outcomes, not just outputs.

Claire brings a national midwifery perspective to the committee.

Kasey Tawhara photoDr Kasey Tāwhara (Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga, Ngāti Porou, Taranaki, Te Arawa)

Kasey is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist currently working at Rotorua Hospital, Lakes DHB.  She has long held roles that focus on Maori womens health and striving for health equity, and is a current committee member of He Hono Wāhine, RANZOG; and Te Roopu Whakakaupapa Urutaa.  Through MIHI (Maori Indigenous Health Institute, University of Otago, Christchurch) she has helped develop cultural competency and safety modules for both medical students and postgraduate RANZCOG trainees and fellows. 


Last updated 19/01/2022