Yvette, pharmacist and co-owner of Mangawhai Pharmacy has worked in New Zealand pharmacy (both hospital and community) for more than 30 years and still loves her job more than ever. “It keeps me busy, you never know what challenges are going to be thrown at you each day, you are constantly learning new things and it is such a buzz to be able to help people out with their health queries.” A born and bred northlander, Yvette has lived and worked in various towns and cities around the North Island but has settled back in Northland. Mangawhai is the perfect place for Yvette to indulge in a bit of fishing and scuba diving or just pottering around her wee farmlet with her donkeys and chickens.
Lanny Wong, pharmacist and co-owner of Mangawhai Pharmacy, could have chosen a career as a doctor but lucky for us decided pharmacy was more to her liking. It was at Pharmacy School that Lanny met her husband Ben Oldfield, also a pharmacist and co-owner of Mangawhai Pharmacy. They now have a family of 2 cute-as-a-button children and 1 rescue dog called Valda. Born in Malaysia, Lanny moved to new Zealand when she was 14 years old and is fluent in 5 languages (mandarin, cantonese, hokkien, malay and english). Lanny loves the laidback lifestyle and strong sense of community in Mangawhai. Owning and working in a pharmacy here has been the highlight of her career, providing plenty of challenges, variety and people contact. When asked what she likes doing in her freetime this young mum laughs “uninterrupted freetime – what a luxury! Walking on the beach and watching my children reach milestones”
After gaining her Pharmacy Degree in Dunedin then living and working there for ten years, Jasmine and her young family eventually moved to Northland in early 2013 where she easily acclimatized to the winterless North. Dunedin’s loss was Mangawhai Pharmacy’s gain as Jasmine slotted into the team as part-time pharmacist two days a week and proved to be a very friendly, caring and knowledgeable member of the team. When she’s not enjoying her work in the pharmacy, Jasmine relaxes with a good book, enjoying good food and planning her next overseas trip.
With 30 years of pharmacy experience under her belt, Sue brings a wealth of knowledge and capabilities to Mangawhai Pharmacy. She joined the team in November 14 as our Senior Pharmacy Technician and has enjoyed getting to know the locals and living close enough to be able to dash to work on her trusty scooter. Not that living closer to work means a sleep-in for Sue; she is forever on the go. Whether it is fishing, diving, motorbike riding, soaring above our heads in a tiny plane or clocking up another victory in one of the many sports she plays, Sue is a bundle of energy with a wonderful way of extracting the fun out of life.
Born and bred in Mangawhai and affectionately known as “Kritta” by many of the locals, Kristin loves working and living in beautiful Mangawhai. Her caring and generous nature sets her in good stead for her training as a Pharmacy Technician where she can learn about how to help people with minor health ailments and put her problem-solving skills to good use in the dispensary. She may be known as Kritta to some but we call her the human whirlwind at work – those shelves won’t stay dusty for long when Kristin has a cleaning rag in her hand.
Wendy joined our team in October 2015 as part-time shop assistant and quickly won us over with her ready laugh and happy outlook on life. In between raising her sons and daughter, Wendy has always enjoyed working in the medical fields such as ambulance, laboratory, hospital, pharmacy and even veterinary. Every day at Mangawhai Pharmacy is like a box of chocolates – you never know what the day will bring and Wendy loves the variety of tasks and contact she has with our lovely customers. Wendy is in her “happy place” when she is walking along the beach or enjoying a peaceful bush walk. She lives down on the farm with her partner Rusty, Mistletoe (missing a toe) the cat and Jess the dog. We are delighted to welcome Wendy to our team and look forward to seeing her more often.
Born and raised in Oxford, England, Amanda has literally come a long way from her first job of squirting jam into doughnuts at Sainsburys. She was swept off her feet by a kiwi bloke called Tony and followed him back to NZ where she has enjoyed working in pharmacy for the last 24 years. Her pharmacy experience and ability to keep calm under pressure suits her role as Retail Manager for Mangawhai Pharmacy and no doubt comes in handy for her volunteer role as St Johns Cadet Leader too. She loves the friendly vibe of Mangawhai and the regular customer contact she gets working in the pharmacy. Like most working mums, Amanda also keeps busy at home and is just as happy whipping up delicious cakes in the kitchen as she is possum hunting with Tony and her trusty dog Koda.