WDHB introduces new chaplain
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6 March 2015
 
Auckland-based Anglican minister Reverend Amail Habib is to join the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB), replacing Whanganui Hospital’s retiring ecumenical chaplain Reverend Graham Juden.
 
Based in Auckland, Mr Habib is currently employed in a transformational ministry at Henderson Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, and as Waitakere Hospital’s locum chaplain with special responsibility for mental health chaplaincy.
 
Mr Habib’s previous roles have included chief executive of Migrant Support Services in Onehunga and principal of a large secondary education institution in the Middle East.
 
He has a strong background in ethnic affairs having served as deputy chair of the Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel to the Auckland mayor for three years and as chair of the Waitakere Ethnic Board.
 
Mr Juden says he’s sure Mr Habib and his wife Reba will receive a warm welcome when they move to Whanganui where Reverend Habib will begin work on 16 March.
 
Meanwhile, Mr Juden will end his 16 years with the WDHB when he conducts his last service in the hospital chapel on Easter Sunday.
 
Earlier this week, Whanganui Hospital Ecumenical Chaplaincy Committee chair Reverend Clive Chandler paid tribute to Mr Juden’s quiet, gentle approach and thoughtful manner, his sensitivity to those of other faiths and the way in which he worked well cross-culturally.
 
“Graham is well thought of in the wider Inter-church Council for Hospital Chaplaincy and in the New Zealand Healthcare Chaplain’s Association where he held active leadership roles,” Mr Chandler said.
 
WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson said patients, staff and families will miss Mr Juden greatly.
“Graham has helped many through difficult times while also being there to celebrate our successes and achievements. I extend my warmest thanks to Graham and wish him and his wife, a very happy retirement. I look forward to welcoming Mr Habib.”