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Dr Keith Thomas Blayney

What is a FRNZCGP?

Keith's pic
Now the goal was, [like Linus from "Peanuts"], to become a rich, famous humble country doctor [apologies to the late Charles M Schulz], I just haven't got the first part sussed yet!   I did manage the "country doctor" bit, becoming a General Practitioner working and living for the last 23 years in Hawera, a [vibrant] rural town serving the South Taranaki district, one of the most productive dairying regions of the world, situated between New Plymouth (one hour's drive Northwest) and Wanganui (one hour's drive Southeast), on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island. However, the Taranaki District Health Board doesn't class Hawera GPs as rural, so its all work and no p(l)ay.


  • Born: 7th October 1953 at St Helens Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand (Yes, I'm a JAFA)
  • Father: Ivan Thomas Blayney, carpenter
  • Mother: Muriel Blayney (née Potter), Registered Nurse
  • Siblings:
    1. Ross, Laboratory Technician/Manager, farmer & entrepreneur
    2. Bruce, Police Inspector
    3. Lynn, entrepreneur, travel agent, Maitre de & mother and
    4. Gwenda, secretary, mother and singing teacher
  • Education:
    1. New Lynn Primary School 1959-64
    2. Blockhousebay Intermediate School 1965-66
    3. Kelston Boys High School 1967-71 attaining a University Junior Scholarship 1971
    4. University of Auckland 1972-77 (incl). See Medical Class
  • Qualifications:
    1. Advanced Certificate in Principals and Practice of Radiochemistry 1972 (Auck)
    2. Bachelor of Science in Human Biology (BSc) 1975 (Auck)
    3. Bachelor of Medicine, Batchelor of Surgery (MBChB) 1978 (Auck)
    4. Diploma in Obstetrics (Dip Obst) 1980 (Auck)
    5. Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP) 1998

    6. Confirm qualifications registered with the NZ Medical Council here
  • Medical Positions:
    1. House Surgeon Auckland Hospital Board 1978, 1979
      [Surgery, Medicine, Orthopaedics, Geriatrics, Paediatrics, ENT & O&G]
    2. Registrar Auckland Hospital Board 1980
      [General Medicine & Family Medicine]
    3. Part-time Medical Officer of Special Scale (MOSS) Hawera Hospital 1980-90
    4. Medical Officer, South Taranaki Family Planning Association 1984-1990
    5. Private General Practice in Hawera from Dec 1980 to present

Family Affairs:

  1. First Marriage:
    • Married Wendy Patricia Dixon (classical singer) 1975
    • 1st son: Benjamin Keith Blayney b.1979 (BSc in computing Auck), now Systems Tools Engineer for Peace Software and married (Stephanie) with a daughter (Angelina).
    • 2nd son: Michael Jonathan Blayney b.1981 (MSc with 2nd Class Hons in Chemistry, Auck), now an electroplating scientist.
    • Separated 1985, divorced 1987
  2. Second Marriage:
    • Married Shirley May Coxhead (legal secretary and now part-time Practice Manager) 1989
    • 1st son (my 3rd): Martin Thomas Blayney b.1990, currently at Auckland University doing a double major BA in Japanese and Writing Studies.
See family info and photos at keithblayney.com.

General stuff:

Other than family and Medicine, I have interests in computing, photography, tramping, conservation, history and education, and have developed a somewhat controversial reputation for speaking out on these issues, particularly when attempts are made to reduce or "drag down" high quality local services and achievements to the lower level common elsewhere. Over the years I have been involved as a speaker for Antenatal classes (15 years), First Aid courses and various service clubs and have served on the South Taranaki IHC Advisory Committee, as an elected member of the Hawera High School (then) Board of Governors, and later as an elected member of the Hawera Intermediate School Board of Trustees. I currently sit on the Hawera Hospital Steering Committee which is overseeing the implementation of the Pisk Report.

I am Chairman of the Hawera Hospital Intensive Care Trust and currently serve as the GP Peer Review co-ordinator helping local GPs meet their re-accreditation requirements.

Keith's other pic A little conspiracy resulted in me being nominated and accepted for a South Taranaki Citizens award on the 23rd Oct 2002.

This Internet site complex is, I believe, a good medium to share some of these interests with others.

Keith Blayney

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