The born and bred Southlander, who has studied social services, started her new position as Clinical Assistant/Kaiawhina at He Puna Waiora this week.
But it hasn’t been the only card up her sleeve.
Joanne started her role at Nga Kete in February last year as an administrator. Then in July she accepted a fill-in position with the smoking cessation team while another staff member was on leave.
Upon the staff member’s return, Joanne was invited to keep her position with the stop smoking team, which she has enjoyed being a part of.
Her brand new position includes communicating with all staff to support patients through their health experience, as well as housekeeping, administration and client re-calls.
Joanne is looking forward to learning new skills, and interacting and supporting both clients and staff.
A mother to four children aged between 9 and 21, Joanne has plenty of commitments outside of work and says she enjoys spending all of her spare time supporting her children in their sporting endeavors.
And super sporty and talented they are – her daughter even represents New Zealand in indoor volleyball and beach volleyball.
Joanne enjoys being a part of Nga Kete, and working alongside “amazing and motivating colleagues”.
“I love the staff and being supported by them. They’re great. Everyone here is so approachable.”