Raglan bid a fond farewell to much-loved doctor Fiona Bolden recently as she leaves West Coast Health to dedicate more time to her passion of rural health advocacy. (Raglan Chronicle)
More than 50 people gathered at the bowling club to celebrate the impact Fiona has had on the community in the 17 years she was with the practice.
Local kaumatua Russell Riki spoke of the inclement weather as a sign of the community’s tears over the departure of someone who they came to know as more than a doctor but also as a friend, sister, daughter and confidante.
Dr Bolden is the Deputy Chairperson of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network.