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Medical stories from the Western Bay of Plenty

There are many people and organisations who contribute to keeping regional health and medical stories from the past alive. Explore some of the stories from Tauranga Historical Society, Western Bay of Plenty District Libraries, Tauranga Heritage Collection and author Debbie McCauley.

Stories collated by Our Health Journeys Curator Caitlin Timmer-Arends, 2023

Photograph by Vivien Edwards. Used with permission.

When a roof garden was proposed for Tauranga Hospital, it was the only one in the Southern Hemisphere.

Click here to read about the creation of the garden and to see some what it looked like back in the 1990s, almost 20 years after it was developed.

A sketch of Dr Joe which eventually became the mural found along the Main Road in Katikati today, painted by local artist Jane Wilson in 1991 (cropped). Image from Western Bay of Plenty District Libraries, used with permission.

Dr Joseph Burstein OBE escaped from Dachau in the Second World War and made his way to Dunedin. There he qualified to practice medicine in Aotearoa, married a fellow war refugee and relocated to Katikati.

Click here to read more about Dr Joe and the contribution he made to the community in the 42 years he practiced medicine in the town.

A close-up of graphics printed on the bandage. Image courtesy of Tauranga Heritage Collection (2692/84), used with permission.

How many ways do you know how to use a bandage? Tauranga Heritage Collection curator Fiona Kean explores a bandage with instructions for at least 50 ways to use it.

Click here to explore the ways, and to learn about the first proposed location for Hato Hone St John in Aotearoa.