Bloomfield regifts Fiji trip to refuge legend

Published date01 October 2022
Publication titleWhanganui Chronicle
The holiday was a retirement gift for the former director general of health, which he insisted on passing on to a deserving Kiwi — Trish McMurtrie

She is the Southern Tauiwi representative on Te Taumata o Te Kōwhai Core Group for Women’s Refuge, and her work has been hailed by her colleagues as “legendary”.

McMurtrie was unaware of her nomination when Bloomfield and her colleagues surprised her with the trip at the Women’s Refuge national office in Wellington this week.

“The workers at Women’s Refuge work tirelessly every day to protect and care for vulnerable women and children, and there is one woman in particular who really deserves this holiday,” Bloomfield said.

“I couldn’t be happier to surprise Trish with a relaxing trip to Fiji where she and a friend find some well-deserved happiness which Fiji is so world famous for.”

McMurtrie will be treated to a five-night tropical escape at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa.

Women’s Refuge chief executive Dr Ang Jury, ONZM, said: “Trish was chosen for this amazing trip to Fiji because of her unconditional commitment to women and children, particularly during the [Covid-19] pandemic.

“Trish kept the safety of her team paramount and she did all the face-to-face interactions with clients while holding the crisis line.

“She really is so deserving of this tropical...

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