Taranaki DHB mourns Dr Amjad Hamid
18 March 2019
Please attribute comments to Rosemary Clements, Chief Executive, Taranaki District Health Board
It is with great sadness we pay our respects to Doctor Amjad Hamid, a Senior Medical Officer and Rural Hospital Consultant at Hawera Hospital, Taranaki. Dr Hamid was at the mosque at the time of the shooting and is now missing and presumed dead.
Dr Hamid worked for Taranaki DHB for three years. For the first two years he was a regular locum and then spent the last 12 months in a full time permanent position as a Rural Hospital Consultant. Prior to that he was a senior doctor with a special interest in cardiology, and worked for Canterbury DHB and as a locum at other DHBs around the country. He lived in Christchurch with his wife and family but travelled to Hawera for work.
Dr Hamid’s presence will be dearly missed by his colleagues and those who knew him. He was well liked for his kindness, compassion and sense of humor. He was a hard working doctor, deeply committed to caring for his patients, and a thoughtful team member who was supportive of all staff. When he returned to Hawera Hospital he often brought fresh Baklava from a bakery in Christchurch for everyone.
Dr Hamid’s loss will take time to sink in for Taranaki DHB staff and especially the team in Hawera. Support will be provided to anyone who needs it.
We also extend our deepest sympathy to Dr Hamid’s family at this extremely difficult time.
For more information please contact: Cressida Gates-Thompson, Communications Manager, 027 703 6177
Last updated: Monday, March 18, 2019