Jan says farewell af­ter 29 years

Work-free life a daunt­ing prospect

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Jan New­man says con­tem­plat­ing life with­out work is scary.

The main­stay of Mana Med­i­cal Cen­tre’s re­cep­tion team will spend her last day be­hind the desk on De­cem­ber 20. It will bring to a close 29 years at the med­i­cal prac­tice.

Ms New­man started with a part-time po­si­tion in the for­mer of­fice in Pas­coe Ave af­ter years as a stay-at-home mother.

Her work grew into more than 30 hours a week. Since then the num­ber of doc­tors, nurses and re­cep­tion staff has quadru­pled as the busi­ness has flour­ished.

She said she would miss the peo­ple most.

‘‘I’ve en­joyed be­ing part of a busy team.

‘‘We’ve be­come a big fam­ily and I have made last­ing friend­ships,’’ she said. ‘‘I think they might miss the cakes I bring in.’’

The proe­spect of walk­ing out the door next week has her a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive.

‘‘It’s scary to think this is the end of my work­ing life, al­though I am avail­able if they [the med­i­cal cen­tre] need me to fill in.

‘‘I just thought if I don’t fin­ish up now, I never will. It’s go­ing to hit me the first day I don’t have to get up for work.’’

One in­ci­dent Ms New­man re­called clearly was the day a man suf­fered a heart at­tack in a busi­ness sit­u­ated above the med­i­cal cen­tre.

It was an ex­am­ple, she said, of the staff work­ing quickly to­gether to save his life.

With nine grand­chil­dren, the Rau­mati res­i­dent — who lived in Plim­mer­ton for 33 years — is likely to be busy.

She will have plenty of con­tact with Porirua in her re­tire­ment through friends made at the med­i­cal cen­tre and long as­so­ci­a­tions with Pare­mata- Plim­mer­ton Net­ball Club and Plim­mer­ton Ten­nis Club.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Re­tir­ing: Jan New­man, se­nior re­cep­tion­ist at Mana Med­i­cal Cen­tre, hangs up her jacket on De­cem­ber 20.

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