Waimea Weekly – April 4 issue
If you were none the wiser you could be forgiven for thinking there’d been an outbreak in Wakefield as a steady stream of the Health Centre’s patients entered the building last Thursday, March 29.
But they were walking in with good health, probably in part due to the good work of the doctor they were there to farewell, the much-adored Dr Peter McKenzie.
Hanging up his stethoscope after 30 years at the highly-regarded practice, Peter is continuing in the medical field with 2-3 days per week scheduled at his Musculoskeletal Specialist Practice at The Collingwood Centre.
Wakefield will remain home for Peter and wife Jane, where they raised their four children.
“We have very much enjoyed our life here in Wakefield, both as a family being involved in the community and myself working at the health centre. Wakefield has been very kind to us, and I cannot think of a better place to raise a family,” says Peter.
Staff at the centre say they’ll “miss his stories at morning tea time” and his “warm personality”. A sentiment shared by many of the patients who attended the farewell afternoon tea.
“We’re going to miss Doctor Pete a lot, he’s a really good doctor,” says Jayme Lowe, a patient since birth.