Kiwis’ Waitangi Day in Benin

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This Waitangi Day please join us in giving thanks for a beautiful koha of love and commitment that is simply changing lives. During 2016, 23 Kiwis travelled to Africa ‘on their own dollar’ to volunteer with Mercy Ships. They helped transform lives and bring tangible hope for the future to people in … Read More

Life’s simply joys

After five years as an intensive care nurse at Christchurch Hospital, Jess Doney is used to dealing with crises. Her acquired skills have been put to the test when she recently stepped into a new and extraordinary surgical environment. The 26-year-old signed on articles for a two-month tour-our-duty … Read More

Making essential surgery accessible

Lack of access to safe surgery results in more deaths worldwide every year than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). There is growing international acknowledgement of what theatre staffs have long known and advised: accidental trauma, birth complications and the lack of … Read More

Making a practical difference

Starship Health paediatric nurse Vivien Welsh always knew she wanted to work with children. She entertained both teaching and nursing as career options. But time with a Christian missionary organisation based in Brisbane and travelling in India and other parts of Asia convinced her nursing was the right … Read More

Physios play key role in mission of Mercy

Hannah Rutherford recently volunteered with the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. The Mercy Ship was docked in Madagascar, and Hannah describes how she was impacted professionally and personally as she worked alongside the international teams providing healthcare services to people in extreme poverty.   After … Read More

IT specialist serving the poor

West Africa is a completely different world to ours. It smells different, it looks different, the traffic is chaotic with motorbikes coming from all directions. One of the most significant differences, however, concerns the health system. It is basic and insufficient to serve the people of the country, … Read More

Volunteering with life experience

Transition from the intimate environment of Whangarei hospital’s Special Baby Unit to wards on the world’s largest civilian hospital ship is positively challenging for nurse Ellen Parker. The idea of volunteering her professional skills had been growing for years when she heard first-hand from an anaesthetist how compelling … Read More

Using his power for good

Approaching the end of his apprenticeship electrician Nathan Collis had a hankering to do some voluntary work overseas – something that involved using his industrial electrical skills. “I was going to be made redundant as Pacific Steel shut, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to go,” explains … Read More

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