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Health and Wellbeing Events


Wellington South Baptist Church, 284 Island Bay Parade


A collaboration between Unichem Island Bay, Wellington South Baptist Church, and the Island Bay Enhancement Trust to support the wellbeing of the community in light of the cancellation of our festival weekend. All welcome.


Sat 12 Feb: 10am-4pm

Sat 19 Feb: 10am-4pm

Come and get vaccinated and be in to win a prize donated by Island Bay businesses.

(Please note that the Sunday vaccination walk-in clinics have been cancelled due to lack of demand, so make sure you get  to the Saturday walk-in.)

*Bookings Only* Vaccination Clinic

Another collaboration between Unichem Island Bay, Wellington South Baptist Church, and the Island Bay Enhancement Trust to support the wellbeing of the community in light of our festival week cancellation. 


Mon 14th Feb, Wed 16th Feb, Thur 17th Feb and Fri 18th Feb: 10am-5pm

Go to or  call 0800 28 29 26.

Ask an Expert

These online events have been organised by the Island Bay Enhancement Trust to support the wellbeing of the community in light of the cancellation of the annual Island Bay Festival.

Masks & Vaccines

Sunday 13th Feb: 7.30pm-8.30pm, Online Event. 

Hear health experts answer some of the most common questions about masks and the COVID vaccine.

Island Bay Unichem Pharmacy's, Nico Ritmeester, will present up-to-date information about masks. For example, different types of masks, how to reuse them safely and other frequently asked questions.

Pharmacist, Duncan Sutherland, and specialist physician, Dr Marion Leighton, are experienced community health leaders. They will both answer common questions including misunderstandings about the Covid vaccine and vaccinations.

This online korero will be facilitated by guest facilitator Tai Samaeli of Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa. 


To view a recording of this event, please click here


Covid Preparedness

Tuesday 15th Feb: 7.30pm-8.30pm. Online Event.


Are you and your household prepared for covid?

Join our second online Zoom session to hear from friendly, local Island Bay GPs, Dr Nick Oscroft & Dr Richard Medlicott, about: ways to prepare yourself and your loved ones for covid; what to do if you've got it; and what contact to expect from your GP practice.

This will be a live korero (conversation) hosted by Mark Ormsby, Kaumatua for the Island Bay Enhancement Trust.

This event is for anyone interested in preparing for Omicron as it spreads. It will be relevant for those beyond Island Bay Medical Centre's patient community.

To view a recording of this event, please click here


Ask Dr Marion

Sunday 20th Feb: 7.30pm-8.30pm. Online Event.


Our final online Zoom event is a special session with community advocate Dr Marion Leighton - specialist physician at Wellington Hospital, Mary Potter Hospice, principal advisor to the covid immunisation program at MoH and senior lecturer for the University of Otago.

She's friendly, open and knowledgeable, so join this last session for a catch-all, ask anything about COVID!

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Dr. Marion Leighton

Dr Marion Leighton is a specialist physician at Wellington Hospital, Mary Potter Hospice and principal advisor to the Covid immunisation programme at the Ministry of Health.  She is a strong community advocate and has helped coordinate joint health and housing Covid responses throughout this pandemic. She is also a senior lecturer for the University of Otago, and lead physician for Doctors for Active, Safe Transport.

Dr Leighton is part of the Wellington Timebank. She can sometimes be seen e-biking around town while her other interests include walking and tramping.

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Dr. Nick Oscroft

Dr Nick Oscroft is a local General Practitioner with a broad career including ten years’ experience working in Emergency and ICU.  He also spent many years as a Wellington GP before joining Island Bay Medical Centre (IBMC) five years ago.  Nick is a partner at IBMC with a focus on succession planning and long-term sustainability at the clinic.  Nick is an advocate for empowering people with information and knowledge for their health and self-care.


He lives with his family in Hataitai, where he maintains a balanced life by getting out mountain biking, diving or fishing.

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Duncan Sutherland

Duncan Sutherland is a practising pharmacist and has a pharmacology career spanning almost 25 years in both New Zealand and the UK.  As owner/pharmacist at Unichem Upper Hutt and Unichem Highstreet Lower Hutt, he has vast experience in the NZ Covid immunisation program.  Accredited to administer Pfizer, AstraZeneca and paediatric Pfizer doses, Duncan has vaccinated many Wellingtonians and is currently leading a mass vaccination clinic in Upper Hutt at Whirinaki Whare Taonga. With specific expertise in aged care and community pharmacy, Duncan also happens to be a long-term local of Island Bay.

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Dr. Richard Medlicott

Dr Richard Medlicott is a long-term Island Bay resident. He is a General Practitioner, Director and Partner at the Island Bay Medical Centre.  While simultaneously maintaining other professional medical affiliations, Richard has been committed to the health and wellbeing of the Island Bay Community since 1998.  He is a popular local doctor with a personable style that is well-regarded by his patients and peers.

Richard also has a keen interest in the outdoors. You may see him out cycling or in a wetsuit heading out for a snorkel off the rocks by the Bait House.  His other interests include being a guitar-playing member of  local band, Alpha Gal.

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Nico Ritmeester

Nico Ritmeester has an academic background in physiology and pharmacy and is a recent graduate of the University of Otago.  He moved to Pōneke at the end of 2021 to commence his role as intern Pharmacist at Unichem Island Bay.  Nico grew up in Whāngarei and feels a familiar welcoming sense of community and camaraderie in Island Bay. 


Along with his role at the pharmacy, Nico maintains a keen interest in the arts and creative expression.

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