Midwives in Auckland and Northland were the first to walk off the job on Monday as consecutive days of rolling strikes around the country kicked off, NZ Herald reports. About 1500 hospital midwives will down tools across the country in the coming weeks, in rolling eight-hour strikes following failed negotiations over pay increases last week. The midwives’ union declined DHB’s latest offer to members, saying it was worse that two previous offers already rejected by members.