Home » December 2021 »Regular Features » Currently Reading:

How Well Do We Know People in Our Community?

December 9, 2021 December 2021, Regular Features No Comments

Chloe Bing

Chloe Bing and her husband Michael moved to Martinborough 3 years ago, escaping from Auckland where house prices were climbing and the time to commute to work was increasing.

On leaving school Chloe opted to take Health Science at Auckland University. The first year of study provided a pathway to Psychology, Pharmacy or Medical School. Pharmacy was Chloe’s choice with 3 more years of study following.

After completing her internship Chloe moved to Otorohanga where she worked with six or seven staff members, two of whom were trained pharmacists.

After Chloe had been a year in Otorohanga, Michael was granted an opportunity to play for a Manchester Cricket team, so they took a 6 month break overseas. While Michael concentrated on Cricket, Chloe extended her skills by becoming the tea lady for the Cricket Club.

They returned to Auckland, staying with Chloe’s parents on a lifestyle block in Waitākere. Their three goals were to buy a house, arrange a wedding, and buy a car.

Meanwhile Chloe was commuting from Waitākere to Stanmore Bay on the Whangaparoa Peninsular a round trip of 100km a day. Even driving against the traffic, she would be leaving at 6.45 am starting work at 8.30am, finishing at 7.00pm. Saturday was 9.00am to 5.00pm. And on her day off she was often called in to help.

An Aunt suggested that there were better ways to live and with family connections in the Wairarapa maybe they should just check out Martinborough. A fortuitous advertisement for a pharmacist came up. Chloe applied and received a telephone call from Karen Crisp on the Friday asking Chloe to fly down to Wellington on the Sunday. Karen met Chloe at the airport and drove her over the hill. “Hill? That was an understatement” says Chloe. The interview began in the car. The job was accepted.

“I love working in a rural practice. You get to know your customers and their families, says Chloe. You have a much better idea of their circumstances which can impact on medication. Here in Martinborough we have the Health Centre right next door. That is a bonus because the communication between doctors and pharmacists is so useful. Martinborough is unique in having such a strong relationship with its medical practice.”

Chloe and Michael have recently purchased the Pharmacy, so they have a long-term personal stake in Martinborough.

“We love it here” says Chloe. “And we also love the wine.!!!”

Lyle Griffith

Comment on this Article:

Sports

Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

Sibling Rivalry

It’s not often that two members of the same family compete for the winning place in the Womens’ Silver Golf Championships. But that is just what took place at the Martinborough Golf Club Sunday 7th November.  Debbie Donaldson and Anna Posseniskie, the daughters of Viv and Martin Napier, went head …

Regular Features

Under The Martinborough Stars

Some people see a face, a man, while others a woman holding a tree. I …

Regional Council notes

It’s hard not to reflect on the year just gone through Covid tinted lenses.  While …

Recycling days

Wednesday 8 th  Dec Wheelie bin Wednesday 15 th Dec Glass Wednesday 22th Dec. Wheelie …

News from First Church

As another unusual and eventful year for us all draws to a close we can …

Maree’s musings

PEAR SHAPED With some sense of relief 2021 is coming to an end. It hasn’t …

Library notes

Let the library start your summer with fascinating life stories This spring, as we idly dream …

Inner Wheel South Wairarapa

At our October monthly meeting at the Offering, Debbie Lattey the District Chairman was our …

Recent Comments