Liz James

Liz James

​Team Manager, Midwifery
Centre for Health and Social Practice


+64 7 834 8800 extension 8620


Physical Address:

D Block, Level 2, City Campus, Tristram St, Hamilton 3240


  • Master of Education (First Class Honours), University of Waikato, 2011.
  • Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education, Wintec, 2008.
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies, University of Waikato, 2005.
  • Registered Midwife, Wintec, 1984.
  • Registered Nurse, Christchurch Polytechnic, 1981.

Industry Experience, Affiliations and Achievements

  • 32+ years working as a midwife in hospitals and in domiciliary settings, and as a Lead Maternity Carer in the community.
  • Experience in nursing roles within Operating Theatre and Plunket.
  • Worked in midwifery education for 9 years, initially teaching and now as a team manager.

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Coordination of the Bachelor of Midwifery.
  • Development of short courses for midwives.
  • Quality improvement including audit processes.
  • Provision of teaching sessions to midwifery students.
  • Midwifery relationships.
  • Primary maternity care.

Research Activity

Development of a PhD proposal exploring how midwives understand professional boundaries in an intimate relationship.

‘Growing midwifery leaders’. Presented at the New Zealand College of Midwives Conference, Hamilton, 2014, with Roodt, C.

‘Māori midwifery student retention – beyond the numbers’. Presented at the Joan Donley Research Forum, Queenstown, 2013, with Keelan, K.

‘Leadership enabling midwives (LEM) programme survey’. Unpublished final report, 2013, with Miskelly, P., and Roodt, C.

‘Growing the next generation: Developing strong midwifery students’. Presented at the 7th International Research Conference: Normal Labour and Birth: Learning from each other, Hangzhou, China, 2012.

Co-facilitated short course ‘Leadership Enabling for Midwives’ with Roodt, C., 2012.

‘Experiences of midwives working with third year midwifery students’. Presented at the New Zealand College of Midwives 5th Biennial Joan Donley Research Forum, New Plymouth, 2011.

‘Intrepid journey-using blended delivery in midwifery education’. Presented at the International Confederation of Midwives, Durban, South Africa, 2011.

Select Publications

Gilkison, A., Pairman, S., McAra-Couper, J., Kensington, M.  & James, L. (2015). Midwifery education in New Zealand: Education, practice and autonomy.

James, L. (2013). Nurturing the next generation: Midwives’ experiences when working with third year midwifery students in New Zealand. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 47, 14-17.