Peter Parker (he/him)

Radiation Therapist - Kaihaumanu Pūhihi

"My interest came from wanting to help people with their health, particularly Hauora Māori, so that I could improve health outcomes"

A brief mihi/introduction about yourself

Ko Rangiuru, ko Tarawera, ko Mauao ōku Maunga
Ko Kaituna, ko Tarawera ōku Awa
Ko Te Awanui, ko Rotoiti ōku Moana
Ko Te Arawa, ko Tākitimu ōku Waka
Ko Ngāti Ranginui, ko Ngāti Rangitihi, ko Tapuika, ko Tūhourangi ki Tai, ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau ōku Iwi
Nō Te Ākau o Tītahi ahau, engari, kei Ōtautahi ahau e noho ana ināianei.

Growing up what did want to do for a job and did you ever see yourself working at Te Whatu Ora?

I wanted to be an archaeologist because I was fascinated with history, particularly Ancient Egyptian, paritcularly mummification, so I guess I always had a keen interest in science and the human body. I didn’t see myself working in the public health setting until I was close to finishing Secondary school, initially was going to study Commerce at uni but decided to pursue a career in health instead after having a couple of experiences in a hospital.
My interest came from wanting to help people with their health, particularly Hauora Māori, so that I could improve health outcomes.

What was your journey of getting to work at Te Whatu Ora?

Studying at the University of Otago to obtain my Degree in Radiation Therapy, it involved doing placements at Dunedin and Christchurch hospitals.

What attracted you to work at Te Whatu Ora?

I have been impressed with the procedures and patient care so it has led me to work elsewhere in the country and return.

What’s something you enjoy about being part of Te Whatu Ora?

The patient care, research and the technology as well as the team that I work with is very supportive.

What do you love about living and working in Ōtautahi/Christchurch?

Making good connections with people, enjoying the culture. I had not been to Ōtautahi prior to the earthquakes, I first moved her in 2015 and since then it has really grown on me, and I am continually impressed with how far the city has come since with diversity, culture and infrastructure.

What advice do you have for someone contemplating a career at Te Whatu Ora?

With any career, it is important to read through the job description and ensure that you have customised your CV and interview to the role that you are applying for.

It is important to have an awareness of the Core Values of Te Whatu Ora (work ethic) as these are values Te What Ora see as important for maintaining a good work ethic. It is also important to have an idea of facts, and the history of Ōtautahi, including the role you are applying for.

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