Outdoor Exercise and Rehabilitation

Facility Co-ordinator Tui Priest

We are very lucky to have Tui as coordinator for the rehabilitation facility at Pohlen Hospital. Tui has 30 years’ experience in the sports and fitness industry. She is also a Sport Waikato co-ordinator.

Tui is available on a Wednesday, between 10.30am and noon, to get people started, ensure they are using the equipment safely, monitor their progress, provide encouragement and generally provide support.

This service is also free. After you have seen Tui for the first time, feel free to use this facility any time you like. If this time does not suit, call her on 027 270 8867 to make an appointment.

Read about Tui and her patient Gerda Krukerink in this article featured in the Matamata Chronicle.

This facility is going from strength to strength since opening in 2010

The facility and associated programme is free to use by any adult in our community. This is definitely the key to its success as cost and accessibility are the two main barriers for people wanting to exercise.

The Outdoor Exercise and Rehabilitation Facility is well utilised by a wide range of people.

Their needs include:

  • Strength and balance
  • Fitness
  • Coordination
  • Rehabilitation
  • Weight loss
  • Meeting new people
Val Walker

Val Walker

Registered Midwife

I have been a midwife for 17 years and for 15 of those years I have worked in the Matamata area providing midwifery care at Pohlen Hospital.

I have four grown up children and seven grandchildren – six of which I have had the pleasure of birthing – plus another one on the way.

I work with a supportive group of midwives all sharing the same philosophy. I am passionate about my role as a midwife and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. It is a pleasure and an honour to be a part of such an intimate time in people’s lives.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing your experience

Cherie Coe

Cherie Coe

Registered Midwife

I was born in Whangarei, New Zealand, and have lived in Matamata since 1978. I have two adult sons who were both born here in Matamata.

I have been practising as an independent midwife since 2006 and have always had a passion for maternity care. Previous to getting my degree, I worked in Matamata as a maternity nurse aide for about 18 years.

Consequently, over these years I have become familiar with Matamata-Piako district families. This adds to the joy of working as a midwife in Matamata. I find myself supporting some of the women who I witnessed being born, now having their own babies. Wow, isn't that really great.

I am very lucky to be working with an extremely supportive group of skilled and caring midwives. We provide primary maternity care by supporting women throughout their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal period. This is a journey I have always felt a privilege to be a part of.

I look forward to meeting you and the future generation.

Annah Young

Annah Young

Registered Midwife

Congratulations on your pregnancy

I have been a midwife local to the district of Matamata-Piako for the last six years. I am married and between husband Jason and I we have seven children. Our older two are independent, and we have five at home, ranging from 1 to 16 years.
I am proud to be a midwife. I specialise in primary care and advocate for women's choice.

I have the benefit of homeopathic knowledge and training and that of some alternative therapies. My hope is to work in partnership with you, to achieve the best outcome for your whanau of healthy mumma, healthy baby. I hope to provide culturally sensitive care.

I am in a long-term locum role with Kerri Houghton while midwife Lynette is on leave, she returns in Feb 2018. I will then move to a part-time role until May when midwife Chantelle returns.
I am happy to discuss home birth as an option.

Angela Gray-Williams

Angela Gray-Williams

Registered Midwife

Greetings and congratulations! My name is Angela and I am the proud Mama of two grown up children. I was born and raised in the beautiful town of Te Aroha and now reside in the neighboring town of Matamata. I am proud to call this community my home. A highlight of my journey towards midwifery was my experience as a maternity aide at Pohlen Hospital before I commenced my midwifery degree. I believe it is an absolute privilege to provide care as a midwife in Aotearoa. I endeavor to provide optimal individualised midwifery care with kindness; within the collective of experienced Matamata midwives. I look forward to embracing new partnerships and promoting positive pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal journeys.