I have got to say I love and always will have a fondness in my heart for New Zealand. Long ago when I was a young man like age 32, in the early 90's, I worked a locum tenans psychiatry job in old Palmerston North, New Zealand. working at Wanganui-Manawatu Health later named Mid-Central Health. I was fresh out of residency and life was hopeful. It seemed optimistic that you could actually pay off your loans and get out of debt as a practicing psychiatrist. -Ha!. It seemed like being a physician was a respectable thing to do in society (I hadn't lived in MN yet hah ha.) and all around life was okay. The world seemed my oyster. So I explored the world including N Zed.
Working and paying taxes there was interesting. The things that I remember most about the work are the fact that the Kiwis never seemed to wear shoes in the summer. I was there in Dec and Jan, the middle of summer. In terms of psychiatry the thing that I will never forget is that NZ was a much less violent society. It came out all the time in the daily practice of psychiatry. The Kiwi's were not always interested in getting ahead of one another, of messing one another up of dominating one another, of killing one another. It affected a person's mental health. It was a cultural phenomenon. They were less violent. It was also nice not to take you life into you hands every day as many American psychiatrists have to. They were polite too. "Please" and "thank-you" were rampant.
I remember the boiling ground and Geo-thermic activity in Rotorua, Jet Boating, Climing Mt Taranaki or Eggmont, whichever you prefer; Repelling into a cave at Waitomo and wathcing glowworms on the ceiling; hitch hiking from Nelson on Christmas Day to get to Picton, to catch the Ferry across the Cook Straight to get back to work, and of course bungi jumping at Lake Taupo (I enclosed an old pic)
Driving on the left, eating pies for lunch, meat pies (before I had to worry about cholesterol)
Hanging out and exploring and doing many of these adventure with my buddy Darren, who worked as a psych tech.
Anyways NZ rocks!
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