Just what the Doctor Ordered
Rawiri Paratene takes us to the Hokianga, his home – to discover the spirit of this place in Just What the Doctor Ordered. Rawiri attends a fundraiser to buy beds for the old people’s ward. He looks at unemployment and poverty and what is happening to cope with those problems. He also looks at their local hospital – Rawene Hospital perched above where he was born and discovers a fresh approach to health in the unique Hokianga district.
Rawene Hospital where families can stay with you and cook and share your meals and local clinics are run. Rawiri meets up with Ann Morgan, their local health nurse who is on duty pretty much day and night. Ann is on the road a lot of the time and it is all free of charge as she visits families and patients at home. Dr Tony Birch who arrived for a 3 week locum and is still there 21 years later.
Pioneer, Dr George Smith set up the free health service in the Hokianga and that same service is still going strong 50 years later and has been copied around the country by other communities.
The Hokianga tackle the sigma of being unemployed and Rawiri finds a unique sense of community – not a lot of money but a great wealth of things that money can’t buy – the harbour, the bush, the ocean and the land and finds that it is not just the free health service that keeps the people healthy but the place itself.
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Producer: John Harris
Network exec: Geoff Steven
Director: Martyn Sanderson
Writers: Martyn Sanderson, Rawiri Paratene
Researcher: Mark Derby
Online editor: Paul Hamilton
Offline editor: Tim Woodhouse
Production manager: Kirsty Cooper
Production assistant: Mandy Harris
Camera: Mike Hardcastle, Fred Renata
Sound: Ruth Kaupua
Narrator: Rawiri Paratene
Music: Stephen McCurdy
Financial controller: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: TV3, NZ On Air