BPW Tamaki’s next meeting will be on Wednesday 13th March 2019

Good Afternoon,

At last please find the notice for our meeting on Wednesday 13th March. I have already sent out details for the AGM on the same date.

Following is a profile of the speaker Sandra Hewlett who is currently Practice Manager at Bakerfield Medical and Urgent Care..

“Sandra Hewlett – Speaker Profile for March Meeting

My family originate from the North of Scotland and came to live in NZ in 1946. I was Born in Papatoetoe in 1947 and left the country at six weeks of age and returned to Scotland to live in Edinburgh, returning when I was four. Most of my early life was spent going back and forth to Scotland as my mother did not settle well in NZ. I spent most of my life in what is now called South Auckland but was originally a collection of villages and small towns such as Otahuhu, Papatoetoe, Hunters Corner, Manurewa and Papakura.

I initially trained as a shorthand typist at business college after leaving school.  I hated this as I found it extremely boring.  I would see advertisements for positions as Secretary to ‘look after’ 2x executives and thought, if they need to be looked after, why are they the executives and not me, after all, I would be expected to do both their work.  So I never applied.

I went to Middlemore Hospital and booked myself an interview for Nursing Training.  I had previously discussed my desire to be a Nurse with my parents and they were adamant that this would not be a suitable profession for a young lady of my class.  (Ho Hum!! Good old prejudice raised its head again).  They refused to sign the application papers, so I signed their names myself and was accepted for training.  By the time my parents found out what I had done I had passed my prelims and was about to embark on my nursing career.

Father, I think was secretly proud but Mother was mortified.  The embarrassment to the family of my actions was weighed up against keeping quiet and saying nothing.  Nothing was said, and I graduated 3 years later.  Father’s comments were along the lines of “You have made your bed, and now you will have to lay in it”.

Nursing was the best bed I ever laid in!

I joined the Royal NZ Army Nursing Core (Tricore) and was sent to the RNZAF at Base Auckland which comprised both Whenuapai and Hobsonville bases. A stint in Vietnam made me grow up a lot.

I later married and had three children, and now I am a Grandmother to 7 and am awaiting my first great grandchild, but none of my older grandchildren are being very obliging on that matter.

After nearly 25 years, my marriage ended and I decided to go back to nursing.  (this is another story).

Since 1993 I have worked in various Countries, Canada, USA (travel Nursing) UK, Ireland, Syria, Africa, India (lots of stories here).  I returned to NZ in 2012 and have worked at Bakerfield Medical & Urgent Care since that time, as a Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse and for the last three years as Practice Manager.”

We seem to have some confusion again about the timing of our meetings.

WE meet at 6pm for a meet and greet and then go into the Restaurant at 6.30 to 7.30 for dinner then proceed at 7.30 to the meeting room where tea and coffee are served. Our President will welcome those present and move the acceptance of the Apologies at approximately 7.45 our speaker will be introduced  and after she has spoken and thanked the Raffle will be drawn. Visitors are welcome to leave before the business session.  We follow this by our business session  and close hopefully at around 9pm.

Ernie has said that we are out of raffle prizes so we decided at our last meeting that each member would bring a wrapped prize to the value of between $5 and$10. I will bring the first one on Wednesday night and ask those of you who can to bring a raffle prize on Wednesday night.

Because this notice is so late I have returned the date for replies until Monday but I am supposed to have my reply in by 3.30 to the hotel.

Date: Wednesday March 13th 2019

Venue: Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre

Time: 6 pm for 6.30pm dinner

Cost: $32.00 Members Guests/Visitors $35.00

I look forwards to seeing you at the meeting. Please reply to by Monday 11th  as to whether you are able to attend.

  • Regards
  • Joan Bielby
  • Secretary
  • BPW Tamaki

Monthly Meetings:

We meet at 6pm for dinner at 6.30pm and ask you to  leave the dining room at 7.30 sharp and make your way to the meeting room, which will be the Terrace room to get your tea and coffee, pay for your dinner if you have not paid on line and buy your raffle tickets to be ready for our guest speaker at 7.45pm  We then have our business meeting afterwards, hopefully finishing between 9pm and 9.30pm

Dinners may be prepaid at 01 0235 0023936 00.  Reference is your name.