D O W N L O A
Terry - Service Manager
Kia ora koutou
is a total privilege to support people as they journey through the
challenges of brain injury.
I am passionate about growing a quality
rehabilitation service that is evidence-based and cutting edge.
I am particularly interested in the theory and practice of
community-based rehabilitation in the Aotearoa, New Zealand
My personal interests
include learning Te Reo Maori, genealogical
research, anything to do with ICT, permaculture, reading,
counselling and photography. I also enjoy tramping, day-walks,
and beach life.
Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei
I am a New Zealand registered
Physiotherapist with a background and interest in neuro-rehabilitation.
I am also active in the work of international Tai Chi for Health
Institute as an instructor and Master Trainer.
Within the creative aspect of my life I am an artist with
particular interest in movement, texture and light, illustration
and three dimensional work.
At the centre my health professional field blends with personal
interests. This blend brings a lot of enjoyment to my role at
Bruce - Workshop
Having worked with wood for 25
years my passion has been to produce unique and interesting
furniture items. By using different timbers and traditional
woodworking techniques, I developed an ability to design and
create products for specific purposes.
I hope to be able to share these
skills with Strive Rehabilitation Manawatu, to help clients find
their own level of workshop competence so that they too, can
create special craft products.
Rehabilitation Coordinator (Clinical)
Having worked as a Registered Nurse
in the UK & NZ, I have always been drawn towards
rehabilitation, especially neurology.
To be part of others’ experiences
and journeys is a privilege; which I am happy and grateful
to share in.
I believe in the saying “Live for
the moment’, and I try to make good of everything life can
throw at you!! Most people who know me will understand that
I like to make people smile and feel happy – a very
important aspect of feeling good and we should all do more!
uniquely individual, and the need to consider providing a
holistic, unifying service is an exciting challenge to me.
Fortunately, we have a great team here that can do that ...
“Today you are you! That is truer
than true! There is no-one alive who is youer than you!" (Dr
Teresa - Programme Coordinator
Prior to me coming to Strive
Rehabilitation I spent 8 years with Mid Central Health, the last 5 years
of that in Star 3 Rehabilitation Unit. Working primarily
with clients under 65 years of age who have been affected by
either a stroke or a head injury. I am always up for a
challenge and the clients that attend the Centre certainly
provide this for me. Working alongside the "great" staff
and clients at the Centre certainly gives me job satisfaction.
“Life is about falling – Living
is about getting back-up”
Angela - Rehabilitation Coach
It is an honour and privilege to be part of the Strive
family. My background is in caregiving, education, sports
coaching and coordinating. I previously worked in high school
education as a Teacher Aide for 7 years. I have a passion for
working with people who have differing abilities. Outside of
work I enjoy coaching and coordinating gymnastics and canoe
polo, crochet, reading and cross stitch. I look forward to
combining all of my skills and hobbies together in my role here.
Claire - Rehabilitation
Kia Ora. I have held various and
varied job positions during my working life but have always
returned to those that are people oriented. I have
qualifications as a Diversional Therapist as well as the health
and wellbeing certificate.
Having employment at Strive
Rehabilitation suits me well as I enjoy working alongside people
and find this gives me both personal and professional
Hutia te rito o te harakeke,
kei hea rā te kōmako e kō?
Kī mai ki ahau, he aha te mea nui o te Ao?
Māku e kī atu, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
If you were to pluck out
the centre of the flax bush, where would the bellbird sing?
If you were to ask me, "What is the most important thing in the
I would reply, "It is people, people, people."
Kia ora koutou
katoa. Firstly I would like to acknowledge Strive Rehabilitation Manawatu (Te Whare Mō Te Whakaoranga) who completely embrace the
proverb above and the reason I am so pleased to be a part of the
I have a background in
Early Childhood teaching but as the years started creeping up on
me I decided to throw in the nappy changing and nursery rhymes
and switched to teaching Māori Language to adults instead. I
have a passion for my language and meeting people from all walks
of life which eventually led me to being here. My favorite
past-time is spent dabbling in music and honing in on my mean
guitar and ukulele skills, reading, drama and anything to do
with arts and crafts. Looking forward to the next journey of my
Nō reira tēna koutou katoa
Norma - Office Manager
Ko Kahuranaki te maunga
Ko Waipawa te awa
Ko Rangitane raua ko Ngati Kahungunu nga iwi
Ko Parakiore te hapu
Ko Tepairu te marae
Ko Norma Moran toku ingoa
Hi I’m Norma. I moved to Palmerston North from Marton last
year. I have been an office administrator for the last 18
years and before that I worked in garden centres and
nurseries for 13 years. I am very happy to join the
diversely talented team here at Strive Rehabilitation
Manawatu, in this lovely garden setting.
Terry - Tai Chi Master
Terry Richardson, was born in Scotland and moved to New
Zealand in 1965. He was teaching Te Reo at Whanganui High
School when he sustained a serious head injury after falling
through a sky light. In 1996 he was introduced to Tai Chi &
Qi Gong. Terry says Tai Chi has helped him to regain much of
his short-term memory, and keeps him relaxed and calm.
Since 2007, every Tuesday morning
and Friday afternoon you will find Terry here at the Centre
taking Tai Chi classes' which are very beneficial to the clients and staff.
" I'm a great believer in kindness, gentleness,
compassion and joy. To do all those things you need courage."