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In April 1954 young Australian Ray Kitson answered an advert and came to work in Kawerau. Over the next 8 months Ray witnessed the birth of a town and industry.
In Waterhouse Street there is a special house. Or rather, there are three houses that are now private homes, but which once formed a complex known as the Maternity Annex
The history of the Kawerau Maternity Hospital and that of Sister Nancy Thompson are heavily intertwined.
Before, the first Maternity Hospital opened in 1956, babies were born either at Whakatane or in the homes of their parents.
Delivering babies, repairing boilers, all in a day’s work. Newspaper interview August 1984.