Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


NZ Red Cross Nurse Receives Florence Nightingale Medal

New Zealand Red Cross Nurse Receives Florence Nightingale Medal


Gisborne nurse Janet Askew has today been invested with the Florence Nightingale Medal, in a ceremony held in her home town due to her terminal illness.

The investiture ceremony is usually held at Government House but Ms Askew is receiving treatment for cancer and is unable to travel.

The medal is awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and is the highest international distinction a nurse can receive.

New Zealand Red Cross secretary general Tony Paine says Ms Askew has demonstrated the personal qualities of courage and bravery many times in her career and the award recognises her outstanding commitment and devotion to duty.

“Janet is a highly motivated and dedicated professional who very much works for those affected by armed conflict or natural disaster. She shows a real willingness to understand the local context, and her sensitivity puts her at ease in every situation,” he says.

Ms Askew has worked for New Zealand Red Cross (seconded to ICRC and IFRC) for the last decade, and has completed missions to Sudan, Indonesia and Iraq. She was forced to retire from duty last year when she became ill while serving in Lebanon.

Ms Askew says an aid worker needs to be extremely resilient to cope with the travel, different climates, and challenging situations they work within. But despite all this she loved the job.

“It is with great sadness that I now cannot continue. I have never done this work expecting medals. In fact, I think the people who were suffering should have been getting the medals, not me. However, I think that the medal is making my family very proud of me and that only has to be a good thing.”

Today’s investiture was held at the Lawson Field Theatre, Vogel Street, Gisborne and was attended by Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon, New Zealand Red Cross national president Dr Jenny McMahon, New Zealand Red Cross Secretary General Tony Paine, and several other New Zealand Red Cross aid workers.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point.

By ‘some quarters’, I mean (a) RadioLive host Sean Plunket who called Catton a “traitor” and (b) Prime Minister John Key who dismissed her views as being those of a typical Green Party supporter, which is apparently almost as bad.

In context, Catton seemed to be talking about the mixed feelings she felt after what she had created suddenly becoming a kind of public property claimed by the entire country and its leaders. That must feel weird at any time, in any place. Catton evidently finds it particularly alienating when the government of the day has shown little interest in the arts beyond their promotional/economic value. More>>

 

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news