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Rosie Spence

Originally from Auckland, Rosie trained at Middlemore Hospital, graduating in 1976
Rosie Spence

After she graduated she travelled to Rhodesia where there was a war on, and her work there as a hospital theatre nurse gave her plenty of experience treating gunshot wounds.

After travelling through the UK she returned to New Zealand and married a Gisborne farmer. As well as raising three children she kept nursing, first at Chelsea Hospital for 15 years, then at Kaiti Medical Centre and Three Rivers Medical.  “I love my job. I enjoy nursing and working with people."

A lot of the health problems here arise from obesity and people not taking responsibility for their own health, says Rosie.“People need to take responsibility for themselves  instead of saying they were not told something, or else not turning up for their appointments.”

After all this time in Gisborne Rosie has become acclimatised to the relaxed lifestyle here.“We went to Auckland recently and there were cars everywhere, people, traffic, it was such a relief to get home!”

When she’s not nursing Rosie loves playing golf and is a “mad cook”, who loves spending time with her husband, three children and one grandchild (so far!).