I would like to thank my parents, Nora and John Wybrow, for showing and teaching me
an Irish/Maori worldview (County Cork/Ngai Tahu). You remain two of the most significant people in my life – in part this is for you both. I would like to acknowledge Bruce for his unfailing love and support of my research and the three beautiful young adults who are our children, Graeme, Lucy and Alice. To Tessa, my two year old
mentor, and Joshua her Dad I thank you both. For any future mokopuna I look forward
to telling you my story. Jackie Maggie Gabby- tanx as a Irish woman would say!
I would like to thank my magnificent supervisors Dr Cheryle Moss and Dr Kathy Nelson as well as Dr Jan Duke, Dr Jackie Crisp, Dr Ken Walsh and Dr Pamela Wood. I would like to acknowledge Mary Baldwin who first encouraged me to further my education and my fellow Masters students for their critique and humour. I would like to acknowledge Dr Beverley Taylor for her expert input and Dr Jill White for sharing her work so willingly. I wish to thank Dr Jan White for her encouragement, the Waikato
District Health Board, Lynda Pryor, Angela Broring, Sharon Cornwall, Carolyn Bruce
and Trish Houchen. I wish to thank my team, office family and all the colleagues that I
work with who have offered encouragement over this time. I am grateful for the input of Lorraine Reid and Jeremy Tritt and would like to thank and acknowledge the expertise of Catherine Morrison.
Lastly, I would like to acknowledge Tana Umaga (ex Captain of the New Zealand All
Black rugby team) who advised the referee in a crucial game “This is not tiddlywinks” and Sir Edmund Hilary who conquered Everest. This was my crucial time, climb, my
ascent – like Tana and Sir Ed I knew who else to have with me - the seven CNLs. Gloriously, proudly we had the answers - this has always been for you.