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HAWKES BAY EYE CENTRE
(formerly Dr Peter Bannister)
We are moving on the
27th January 2012 to
Unit 103, Shed 5 Ahuriri,
New Phone Number: 06 835 3328
Patients of Dr Bannisters who have been seen within the last
10yrs may pick up their notes at 209 Avenue Rd West Hastings
before the above date on Thursday or Friday mornings.
Chosen few for New Year's honours
What a blow: Hawke's Bay piper Kerry Marshall received a QSM for Services
to Pipe Bands.
Living legend: Hawke's Bay's Ian MacRae with his All Blacks Living Legends
jersey presented to him back in 2000. MacRae has been made an Officer
of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Shining star: Sharon Payne's
contribution to nursing has been
recognised with a New Year's
Photo: TIM WHITTAKER
Receiving a QSM for Services to
Pipe Bands was only just starting
to sink in for Napier piper Kerry
Marshall last week.
He was one of three Hastings
and Napier recipients named in
this year's New Year's Honours
List. I'm just amazed that people
would go to the trouble of
nominating me, and I'm very
honoured by that. But I believe
it's more a reflection on the things
that our band, the Drones and
Sticks, has achieved, particularly
in the last 12 months,'' Mr Marsh-
all said last week.
Playing since the age of 10, his
interest in piping came from his
family, starting with his grand-
father. He came out from
Scotland in the early 1900s he
was keen to keep his Scottish
heritage alive. He bought my
pipes, which are about 100 years
Highlights during the last 50
years included being in the
Hawke's Bay Scottish Pipe Band,
as a youngster, and winning the
B-grade competition. I particu-
larly enjoyed our band [Drones
and Sticks] playing at the Sound-
shell for about 30,000 people for
the millenium in 1999.''
Mr Marshall said listening to
the pipes could affect some people
at a deeply emotional level.
Often, after we've played tunes
that people request, tears are
streaming down their faces
because it is evoking some sort of
emotions in them.''
Mr Marshall admitted it was a
tricky instrument to learn and
players needed a good set of lungs.
Being awarded a QSM was not
something recipients achieved on
their own, he said.
Sharon Payne was another
Hawke's Bay resident recognised
in the New Year's Honours List.
Mrs Payne works on the front
lines of medical care as an emerg-
ency nurse, helping the drunk, the
sick and sometimes the dying.
She treated all age groups at
Hawke's Bay Hospital's emerg-
ency department, taking a special
interest in children. I like mak-
ing sure they are related to as a
child, and try to make the whole
experience positive, so they have
good memories rather than bad
Mrs Payne, 51, received a
Queen's Service Medal at New
Year to recognise her dedication to
healthcare. This included being on
call 24 hours a day, and being
called to the police station at all
hours to take blood samples from
Among her favourite work tools
is a simple bubble-making kit,
which she gives to frightened chil-
dren as a distraction. I got a
double set at Christmas because I
use them so much.''
One of her passions is making
sure children get enough pain
relief. In the past there had been
an attitude that children did not
feel as much pain as adults, or
that they should be stoic during
Mrs Payne had been nursing for
34 years and has reached the
upper echelons of her profession.
Last year she was judged Aus-
tralasia's top emergency nurse.
An extra six years of study on
top of her nursing qualification
made her one of just three nurse
practitioners, the highest level of
clinical nursing, in emergency
departments. A nurse practitioner
can diagnose, start treatment, dis-
pense drugs, refer patients to
specialists and discharge patients.
After the honour of being
elected vice-president of the New
Zealand Rugby Union and the
thrill of watching his beloved All
Blacks claim the 2011 Rugby
World Cup, Hawke's Bay rugby
legend Ian MacRae says his rec-
ognition in the New Year's
Honours List had capped an
amazing'' period in his life.
MacRae, who played 45
matches for the All Blacks includ-
ing 17 Tests, was made an Officer
of the New Zealand Order of Merit
(ONZM) in recognition of the 50
years he has given as a player and
administrator. It's been amazing
really. It's all sort of happened in
a year, capped off by winning a
Rugby World Cup -- probably the
most important thing that's
happened in my life,'' MacRae, 68,
Rugby has been ever-present in
MacRae's life since he was a
young boy growing up in Christ-
church -- a childhood he describes
as not altogether normal''.
His father died when he was 10
and his mother was confined to a
wheelchair when he was seven, so
MacRae and his brother were
raised by their elder sisters. I
remember there was lots of love.
We never wanted for anything,
but we never had anything
MacRae played for West Coast
in 1961 and Bay of Plenty in 1962,
before moving to Hawke's Bay.
He was a star of the province's
rugby glory days in the late 1960s,
when Hawke's Bay successfully
defended the Ranfurly Shield 21
times between 1966 and 1969.
After being selected for the
1963-64 tour of Britain and
France, MacRae had to wait until
1966 to make his test debut
against the touring British Lions.
He was made the All Blacks
vice captain on the tour of Britain
the following year, a position he
held until standing down from
international rugby after the 1970
tour of South Africa.
Playing at second five-eighth,
MacRae's midfield partnership
with his Hawke's Bay and All
Black teammate Bill Davis is still
regarded as one of the All Blacks'
greatest centre pairings of the
post-war era. MacRae played the
last of his 85 games for Hawke's
Bay in 1971 before becoming the
side's backs coach in the late
1970s. After serving on the
Hawke's Bay Rugby Union execu-
tive he is now a life member. In
2000, MacRae was named an All
Blacks Living Legends.
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