Dawn blessing for Wanganui Hospital's new information kiosk

14 March 2014

From left: WDHB general manager, strategic & corporate Brian Walden, Kaumatua John Maihi, Archdeacon Paul Kahukura and WDHB clinical administration manager Sandy McDougall at the blessing of Wanganui Hospital’s new information kiosk this morning.
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) community rose early this morning to attend a dawn blessing of the new information kiosk that now greets hospital visitors.
The kiosk is not only more visible than the previous reception area but it’s more welcoming WDHB Kaumatua John Maihi told those attending the blessing. Mr Maihi conducted the blessing with assistance from Archdeacon Paul Kahukura.
 “It is time for us to come together and share the load. The signage (tohu) we have here indicates that we are prepared and ready to do this,” Mr Maihi said.
“The koru design around the counter reflects our commitment to Whanau Ora by incorporating the essence of whanaketanga (development and moving forward); manaakitanga (care for and embrace); whakapapa (genealogy); aroha (love and embrace); kotahitanga (working together),” WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson said.
“When we introduced the WDHB’s new logo last year, it was important that our Kaumatua supported the design and the koru pattern within it because we visualised placing the koru in important sites such as the new information kiosk.
“It is also significant that the green chosen for the logo and koru pattern symbolises health and wellbeing which is what Wanganui Hospital and the WDHB is all about."