Nature is key

Date published
12 Oct 2017

NZRGPN and NZLocums staff took a break from the office on October 10 as part of the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week “Lock out” with a coffee break in Wellington’s Botanic Garden. A short uphill walk over the urban motorway and through the historic Bolton Street cemetery, the gardens provided the perfect setting for staff to “unlock their wellbeing” amongst nature. The weather turned on a bright face for the occasion which was repeated nationwide throughout the week. 

Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly said the outing was a chance for staff to “get some fresh air, have a coffee and a chat together and unwind”.
“We wandered through the old cemetery on the way back to our Terrace office; the combination of the fresh air and light exercise really takes you out of the work situation long enough to clear your mind. It’s something I will be encouraging staff to do collectively more often.”

Pictured from left in the garden’s Begonia House are: Network communications manager Rob Olsen, Jenny Butt, (NZLocums Relationship Manager), Sarah Fearon, (NZL Relationship Manager), Sarah Maguire, (NZL Senior Relationship Manager), Esther Maxim (Network Executive Support Officer), Dalton Kelly (Chief Executive), Jason Ng (NZL Recruitment Co-ordinator), Linda Reynolds (Deputy Chief Executive), Jacinta Sanders (NZL Team Leader), Saloni Pandey (NZL Project Co-ordinator, Relationship Manager). Absent: Network accountant Judith Burnett and NZL Relationship Manager, Tamzyn Luafalealo.