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Published 28 July 2022

Haere rā to the good Doctor.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was clapped out of his last ever Covid-19 press conference by Ministry of Health staff yesterday. Today, Royal Society Te Apārangi joins the nation-wide chorus of applause and appreciation for our outgoing Director-General of Health. 

While working tirelessly on New Zealand’s pandemic response just a few hundred metres away from Te Whare Apārangi, Dr Bloomfield found time to support and kōrero with many of our Society whānau, presidents, kaimahi, early and mid career researchers, fellows and tauira across the motu at many of our events and programmes. 

Dr Boomfield, mā te wā bye for now. Kia ora rawa atu many thanks.


Ko te kai a te rangatira, he kōrero.
Ko te tohu o te rangatira, he manaaki.

What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge and communication.
The symbol of leadership is caring for people.


Below, find an excellent interview with Dr Bloomfield by Jack Tame, and an iconic example of Bloomfield's creative science communication. 

Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi