The New Zealand College of Midwives have played a role in the re-birth of the quake-shattered Christchurch central city by becoming one of the first organisations to move back to new offices there.
College chief executive Karen Guilliland says its new head office building is on the original site of their old office, which was demolished after the earthquakes.
She says the new building will also house a midwifery and maternity provider organisation, and clinic rooms for self employed midwives, who have been based in motels for over a year.
United Nations Development Programme director and former prime minister Helen Clark sent congratulations which were read at the opening.
Miss Clark says midwives and women are often noted for their fortitude under pressure and their determination to support Christchurch is commendable.