Mild winter greets adventurous orientation group

Date published
10 Jul 2016

Four overseas doctors who attended NZLocums three-day July orientation course, originally booked their trips thinking they would plunge from a northern hemisphere summer into a snowy southern hemisphere winter. Instead they were greeted by unseasonably mild Wellington weather.

Pictured from left to right are Fiona King, Stephen Botham, Lorraine Botham and Lars Madsen.

Lorraine and Stephen Botham travelled from England, leaving behind their adult children and much loved dog for three months, while they enjoy a working holiday at Tararua Health Centre in Dannevirke. They are planning to do short hiking and sightseeing trips during their weekends. They have already vowed to return to New Zealand for a longer stay in the future.

Fiona King also left her native England to undertake a permanent move to NZ, where she will need to forge new friendships, set up a new house, and everything else that comes with moving countries. Thankfully she is already settled in a beautiful location, on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, with her one year old son and Kiwi-born husband.

Lars Madsen has come from Denmark with his Australian-born wife, and three children, on a working visa for three years. He is based in Auckland, and working at Tuakau Health Centre, just south of Auckland. His children are learning to read and write English while attending school here. Lars’ wife has been practising as a doctor in Auckland Hospital’s ICU department, in-between exploring New Zealand with her family.

Lars kindly shared a beautiful picture he took on top of Wellington’s Mount Victoria while out for a morning run before orientation course.

Mount Victoria, Wellington