Nico’s travelog day 7: Blenhiem

On the final day of the south island leg of the Yes We Care Roadshow, we said goodbye to our fantastic cameraman Rico as we headed to Blenheim. But don’t worry, he’ll be re-joining us in Wellington on Sunday. We took the scenic route along highway 6, with a fantastic swim in the Pelorus river. Steave had an unfortunate tumble off the bridge however, meaning we had to spend a little more time re-enacting this exciting tumble, much to the amusement of the many tourists stopping for photos. Stay tuned for the video…

Blenheim turned up the heat for us, as we sweltered during set up. The heat has really been turned up for local health workers also, as increasing patient numbers has meant that they are struggling to keep up with the need. One health worker I spoke to who often has to do home visits, talked about the fact that they are often unable to get vehicles for these visits, and so on the days they can get one, they need to cram as much in as possible, or use their own private vehicles, in effect subsidising the health system. “I didn’t study four years to be frustrated in my job because of underfunding”, was their final comment.

This brought our south island leg of the Yes We Care roadshow to a close. I hightailed it to Picton to get the ferry across to Wellington for a much needed day of rest. The level of need out there has been really difficult to hear. And the stories from people who work in health paints a picture of just putting your head down, and doing what you can to stay afloat. This is not what healthcare should be like, and we deserve better, both as patients, and for those working in health trying to provide a world class health care service. Watch out for us in Wellington on Sunday, as we launch the north island leg of the Yes We Care roadshow, we’re going all the way to Cape Reinga!


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