NAMOT Nominees announced

Toni Lexmond,

Nominations have been received for the Nurses and Midwives of Tairāwhiti (NAMOT) annual awards.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Evening on Saturday 20 July, 5 pm at the Cosmopolitan Club. Tickets are available from or phone 027 457 6745.

Nine awards will be presented to nurses and midwives who are going above and beyond to provide the best care to those who need them.  This is the 4th year the awards have been presented, says NAMOT Chair Natasha Ashworth. “The awards are a fabulous opportunity to reflect on what an outstanding group of people we have the privilege to work with. It is a chance to share a memorable night with other nurses and midwives from across the Tairāwhiti community.”

The Clinical Services Team at Te Wiremu House has been nominated for a second year in the Reducing Inequities category. They were the winners last year. Facility Manager Lynette Stankovich said winning made the team really focus on what else we can do to make a difference for those living here.

“We started our popular three monthly Cultural Extravaganza. We cook a variety of ethnic foods to share with residents and then all staff. Managers come in to help in the kitchen.  Last week the feast included boil up with puha, Samoan chop suey, fried bread, steamed pudding, and of course fish and chips.”

The day before the extravaganza we have a cultural training session. This time the focus was on supporting death and dying for different cultures.”

Kylie Morresey (Nurse Practitioner) nominated Te Wiremu House as one of many community organisations who respect the work the staff does.  “Te Wiremu has the highest proportion of Māori residents. While it is becoming a lot more acceptable for older Māori to be in a rest home now, whānau need to know that that it is a safe place culturally and that all will be welcome. Te Wiremu House goes above and beyond to make this happen. From providing financial advice on living in a rest home to taking residents to doctor or radiology appointments to providing amazing end of life cares, there is no job ever too big”

“I see every week the lengths that staff go to make all cultures feel at home. Nurses are leading this but the gardener, caretaker, and caregivers do whatever it takes. They are all there for the right reasons.”

Te Wiremu managers cooked a cultural feast

Te Wiremu House Manager Lynette Stankovich, Clinical Services Manager Terry Rickard and Clinical Charge Nurse Delores Woodcock unwrapping the steamed pudding.

Nurses and Midwives of Tairāwhiti (NAMOT) Award Nominees

Director of Nursing New Graduate 

  • Toia Murray - Ward 9
  • Ashleigh Tautau-McLeod - Planet Sunshine
  • Tara Gibson - Maternity

Gaye Hollamby (Heikell) Excellence in Clinical Practice

  • Christine Warrander - Ward 5
  • Michelle Scott- Tui te Ora
  • Simmy Taitapanui - Ward 9
  • Melissa Mulligan - Te Wiremu
  • Cero Jacques - Ward 5
  • Lesley Turnbull   - Maternity

Services to Nursing  

  • Teresa Fisher - Duty Nurse Manager
  • Jan Casey - Te Wiremu

Services to Midwifery  

  • Kendra McKay - Maternity
  • Carolyn White - Maternity

Innovation/Patient Safety

  • Andrea Seymour - Rehabilitation
  • Jacqueline Horsfall - Te Wiremu

General Practice / Primary Care Nursing

  • Rachel Ferkins - 3 Rivers

Reducing Inequities  

  • Richelle Tarsau - Planet Sunshine
  • Clinical Services Team - Te Wiremu         

Lifetime Services to Nursing   

  • Cynthia Colbert Ngāti Porou Hauora

EIT Student Support for Undergraduate Nurses

  • Danny Ryan – Te Kuwatawata
  • Tui te Ora


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