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Lifestyle attracts hospital experts

Dr Ken Hosie and Dr Jill Arliss in their new habitat at Wairarapa Hospital. PHOTO/CAL ROBERTS

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The Wairarapa lifestyle is drawing experts from around the world to live and work, recently bringing international doctors to our hospital.

Two healthcare professionals have moved to New Zealand and have wasted no time providing healthcare for the region.

Dr Jill Arliss is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist from West Virginia.

She moved to New Zealand in June with her family.

Dr Ken Hosie is a colorectal surgeon from Plymouth, UK.

He came to New Zealand in June with his wife, Magda, who is a gastroenterologist at Hutt Hospital.

Hosie and Arliss started work in July at Wairarapa Hospital, where they have been getting to work treating their new community.

“Starting out, they eased me in slowly, which was kind of them,” Arliss said.

“Things are starting to pick up and I have full clinic schedule at this point, which is wonderful.”

Hosie was happy in his new posting.

“It’s great, really friendly, a very pleasant place.”

The hospital was significantly smaller than both Arliss and Hosie’s former locations, with a smaller population to match.

Though it was smaller, Arliss was pleasantly surprised with the quality of nursing staff.

“And from a material standpoint, the hospital is very well-equipped.”

The allure of Wairarapa’s surroundings was a drawcard for both doctors.

Hosie said the decision to move here was based on quality of life.

“Everybody’s told me how wonderful and beautiful New Zealand is.

“It was an opportunity to come and enjoy that and experience it while I still can.”

Arliss had heard good things about Kiwi schools, “I wanted my children to experience a different educational system.”

She said it was important for her to find a good work-life balance to spend time with her family – something Wairarapa provided.

Back at work, she looked forward to researching the way policies differed between New Zealand and the States and the reasons why.

Gynocology consultants had already begun updating policies and guidelines at the hospital.

“I am very interested in continuing their work.”

Hosie said the people he had met were “a fairly tough and stoic lot”.

He said consequently, people may not come to see doctors with medical problems as early as he would like.

“But I think that just reflects that they get on with it and don’t whinge about it.”

Arliss noticed the community’s refreshing attitude when she arrived in New Zealand.

“It’s much more friendly and personable [than the US], it seems like people take more care in caring for themselves and caring for each other.”

Wairarapa DHB chief medical officer Tom Gibson praised both doctors and welcomed them onboard.

“We’re delighted to have both these fine people here.”

“They both come with sterling careers in their field, in different countries and bring a wealth of that experience to Wairarapa.

“I can’t wait to rope them in to a number of committees.”


  1. This is wonderful. Your beautiful people and country are a magnet for the world. Your national health care system is only a dream for people in the U.S. I hope to visit next year and who knows, I too may join my family, the Arliss’s in this amazing opportunity.

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