Pegasus Nursing 2020

Pegasus Nursing 2020 is a celebration of Pegasus Health nurses past and present.

The project will run for  the duration of 2020 and link in with the International 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife, Nursing Now project and Florence Nightingale 2020 Challenge.

Each month Pegasus Health will profile two nurses either currently working or previously having worked with Pegasus. Their profiles will appear on this page. We’ll also share nursing celebration news from our health system partners.

A series of events is also planned as part of the project. Dates and venues for these events will also be posted here as they are confirmed.

Pegasus Health celebrates new NetP nurse graduates

On Tuesday 11 February  Pegasus held a mihi (celebration) for five new nurse graduates in the Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NetP) and thanked last year’s NetP nurses for their efforts.

Each new nurse received a kete  containing a notebook and pen representing the tools a nurse needs on their first day.

We welcomed Shontelle Prasad, Sarah Morley, Henrietta Ashmore-Price, Katie Harris and Deidre Callaghan who will be working with a range of health partners.



The mihi also acknowledged the wonderful mahi (work) that has been done in the last year by previous NetP nurses. Suli Tuitaupe, Chloe Teague and Vicki McIver were presented with beautifully made wooden boxes by Irihāpeti Mahuika, Pegasus Director of Hauroa and Ōritetanga. Carol Melek and Hayley Lotter were unable to attend the event but will receive their boxes soon. Each box with a stethoscope and a tourniquet reflecting the tools a nurse will use throughout their career.

At the event, Director of Nursing, Michael McIlhone explained how Pegasus Health is very supportive and open to any initiatives for advancing nursing practice and also developing a workforce that reflects the needs of the community.

Watch a 10min video of the event below:

January – Ramai Lord and Hayley Lotter

Ramai Lord (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāi Tahu, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Porou) is currently a Clinical Senior Advisor, in the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry of Health. She registered as a nurse in 1981 and has had a nursing career spanning 39 years. Ramai started working with Pegasus Health in 2010 as Clinical Co-ordinator for a Māori Diabetes programme. Following the February earthquake in 2011 and staff changes Ramai accepted the role of Māori Health Manager. Last year she joined the Ministry. This is Ramai’s story:

Hayley Lotter (Muaūpoko) is a recent new graduate, working as a practice nurse at Eastcare Health in Aranui. She graduated as a registered nurse in 2017 and has worked in both mental health nursing and primary health care. Hayley started working with Pegasus Health in 2019 as part of a NETP pilot programme, the Korimako Initiative. This role saw her working in both general practice and for a kaupapa Māori NGO as a mobile community nurse. During her NETP year Hayley was selected to attend the World Health Assembly as a Nursing Now young nurse ambassador, which has opened many doors to new and exciting opportunities. This is Hayley’s story:

The Canterbury District Health Board is also taking 2020 as an opportunity to celebrate the work of nurses. Check out their Nursing in Christchurch video here.