Te Kiwi Māia
The Courageous Kiwi
Providing rehabilitation, recovery and respite to our people, who – as a result of their role in safeguarding and caring for New Zealanders – have physical or psychological injuries. We enable our people and their families to continue healthy, positive lives
Retired Waikato-based police officer Stuart Patterson. Photo / Supplied
First responders, Defence Force see homestead retreat as next step in addressing mental health.
Miriam Burrell - NZ Herald
Stuart Patterson still wakes up in the middle of the night with flashbacks, 18 months after retiring from the police force.
Certain memories, such as a hotel fire in Hamilton where people jumped out of the windows, or facing the families of fatal car crash victims, have stuck with him.
"That's par for the course for so many retired police officers, I'm one of thousands," the former Waikato officer told the Herald.
Patterson said policing is different from when he started in 1993, and he wonders about the morale of "bright young officers" as they face increasing violence and injuries on the job.
This album is part of a wider initiative to support first responders and NZDF personnel. The purpose of this album is to raise awareness, support and funds for Te Kiwi Māia who will receive all proceeds from NZ album sales. The Album is also endorsed by His Majesty King Charles