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 Māori, genealogical
research, anything to do with ICT, permaculture, reading,
counselling and photography. I also enjoy tramping, day-walks,
swimming in the sea and beach life.
Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei
Rehabilitation Coordinator (Physiotherapist)
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
Paul - Woodwork
my name is Paul. I was born and raised in Palmy, but deep down I
am a Ngāpuhi boy - from my Mum’s side, she’s from Dargaville.
After finishing school, I tried a few different jobs, then
became a builder for 8 years, then when work got scarce I went
to Polytec and studied IT (computers). I taught computing for 25
years, mostly as a lecturer at UCOL – 5 years of which were
teaching at Youth Justice.
I’m married with 4 adult kids, enjoy being part of my church,
listening to and playing music, watching and playing sport, and
spending as much of my spare time as possible mountain biking.
In the last few years I have been travelling around, overseas
and NZ in a motorhome with my wife, seeing and experiencing some
fabulous places. We’re back now, and enjoying Palmy life, and my
new job working at Strive Rehabilitation with wonderful people,
and creating new things with wood. Plus learning to play new
games – with the view to one day beating you guys at Strive.
Rehabilitation Coordinator (Clinical, RN)
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”
I’m Katie, it’s a pleasure to be working at Strive with such
incredible people. I come from Mash Trust where I previously
worked as an EGL support worker, working with adults with high
needs disabilities. I have also studied and worked in Mental
Health settings as well as many years working on dairy farms. I
came to Strive to challenge myself and to find a great working
environment. I am passionate about making a difference in the
lives of people who have faced many challenges.
I look forward to getting to know everyone and working alongside
a great team.
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.
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."