WDHB hosts Kiwiana lunch for new clinical staff

20 November 2012
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The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has hosted its first ever sit-down Kiwiana BBQ lunch to welcome Wanganui Hospital’s newest clinical staff and their families to the WDHB and the Whanganui community.
Rain and wind failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the close to 50 guests who gathered in the Wanganui Hospital cafeteria on Saturday 17 November for a lunch boasting all things Kiwi.
Thanks to the generosity of Settlement Support NZ (a division of the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment), guests were seated at tables groaning with barbecued sausages and meat patties; fish and chips served from newsprint parcels; miniature pavlovas; bowls of sweets with New Zealand favourites including jaffas, pineapple lumps and minties; fresh strawberries and cans of favourite New Zealand soft drinks - L&P among them.  
As WDHB board chair Kate Joblin and her husband cooked the BBQ food, hospital and community guests noted the effort that Settlement Support NZ had made to introduce overseas guests to New Zealand food and items such as buzzy bees and jandals.
During their formal welcome, WDHB senior medical officer recruitment advisor Wayne Thompson and Settlement Support NZ settlement support coordinator Shannon Simpson encouraged the guests to meet and mingle with the mix of community representatives who were there to explain how they could help the new staff members familiarise themselves with Whanganui and the services on offer.
Mr Thompson says he was delighted that Mayor Annette Main was able to attend. He was also pleased to see copies of the recently published ‘New Settlers Guide’ out on the tables. These guides are available at www.settlementsupportwanganui.co.nz
“Given the success of Saturday’s lunch, we’re hoping that the WDHB and council might join forces to host similar events on an annual basis,” Mr Thompson says.