Jade Ranui - Receptionist
AS the child of a hard-working mother Jade Ranui has always valued her own work and says her current job, as a receptionist at Three Rivers Medical, is her best yet.
And it is not just the job that is new. Though of Ngāti Porou descent, Jade had never lived in Gisborne until she, her son, and her two sisters relocated from Australia at the end of 2020.
“Because of the Covid-19 pandemic we had to quarantine in Auckland for two weeks, all four of us crammed into one room,” she says. “It wasn't bad – it was just what we had to do – but we sure spent a lot of time on our devices!”
The move was prompted by Jade's papa's illness and though he died before the quartet landed, she says they don't for a moment regret their decision.
“My mother is from here and we used to come for holidays so we have those memories of running around Tolaga Bay in our bare feet, just being kids.
“Because of that we still have lots of whānau connections and it's turned out to be great for all of us.”
With her son well settled at school, Jade spends her working days taking calls, making appointments, and greeting patients as they come through the doors.
“It might not be the best day of their lives but you are here to help, and the entire staff is here to help you,” she says.
“We all start the days by singing together in the mornings so there is a really wonderful culture at Three Rivers, and I love being a part of that.”