Crew Stories

Find out more about the Kiwi crew members on board. Uncover the stories behind the story, and what motivated these New Zealanders to volunteer their skills and experience for Africa’s under-served poor.
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Destination : Africa

At a time when many were hesitant about travelling overseas, 19-year-old Riva Gunn from Thames was preparing for the do-good…

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Looking to the future:

 New International Chief Medical Officer. Mercy Ships is excited to welcome a new International Chief Medical Officer to the helm…

Being a guest on board the Global Mercy for the inaugural sail to our first field service was filled with…

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DR NEIL THOMPSON

Surgeon from Nelson. Surfer, botanist, ENT surgeon. After volunteering four times with Mercy Ships in West Africa, Dr Neil Thomson…

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Robyn Ferguson

Ward Nurse from Lower Hutt. To the long term crew onboard Robyn is affectionately known as a ‘repeat offender’. This…

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Esther Harrington

Receptionist from Napier. At home she’s a commercial pilot and flight instructor, onboard she works in reception where, under the…

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Miriam White

Radiographer from Epsom Miriam White had dreamed about volunteering for five years. She heard about Mercy Ships while at university….

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Emma Lattey

Physiotherapist from Hawkes Bay As a sports therapist with 17 years’ experience, Emma has many high profile clients including an…

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Janine Boyes

Purser from Matamata. We meet Janine as she drives Dr Neil Thomson from the Mercy Ship to Alya’s village. She had…

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Steph & Jonny Clark

Wound Care Nurse and IT Specialist from Mt Eden. Steph’s previous experience serving onboard the hospital ship as a ward…

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Lindsey Sun

Operating Theatre Nurse from Glendene. She was still in nursing school when the Mercy Ship bug first bit Lindsey. ‘I…