If you haven’t already seen it, I’d like to draw your attention to this article which featured in the Manukau Courier last week about the retirement of our very own laboratory manager, Nigel Yeates, after a staggering 49 years working at CMDHB.
We held a farewell celebration for Nigel a week and a half ago, and it was a huge, huge honour for me to be able to speak at that event and acknowledge his retirement after 49 years working at Middlemore Hospital. It was clear to me that Nigel is one of our real heroes and truly embodies the DNA and character of Team Counties. He has been a stalwart throughout his time with us, committed to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. As a result, he is hugely respected by everyone he’s come into contact with.
In a world that changes very, very quickly, having the reliability and consistency of a first class professional like Nigel over 49 years is exceptional. It’s probably bittersweet to say that it will be rare to see his like again.
It was a real honour to pay tribute to all Nigel has done during his time with us and to see so many of his family, friends and colleagues there to join him at his farewell celebration. I’m sure you all join me in wishing Nigel all the very best for his retirement and hoping that we will see him again from time to time.
Ka kite ano,