Meet the Central Field Worker

Jude Kelly, who is our Central North Island field worker, supports the Wellington, Central Districts, Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay and Bay of Plenty regions. 

Let’s meet Jude who is based in Wellington:

What drew you to CFNZ? 

I had been working in hospitals for quite a number of years, most recently in Christchurch, and recently took some months off to return to Wellington and renovate my cottage. During this time I realised it was time for a complete change, something different that I could really get stuck into, specialise in and hopefully make a difference – meeting people and with a bit of travel etc, so was absolutely delighted when this position came up.

What are the best parts of the job?

Being on the road and meeting the people.

What is on your wish list for the next five years for CFNZ?

For Wellington PEADs clinic to get a CF Nurse specialist. More medications to be made available in NZ for our CF community and more organ donors in New Zealand.

Favourite film?

That’s hard, love so many art movies – possibly Ben Sombogaart’s Twin Sisters, or Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources. Most probably Ken Russell’s 1993 Lady Chatterley.


The Film Festival (have been known to see five-a-day for a week), travelling, listening to music, watching rugby, playing crib – especially on train trips, picking roses. And eating and drinking good wine. 

Best piece of advice?

Ask for a dream, imagine your ideal scenario, put together a wish list and don’t accept anything that doesn’t make you feel excited.”

Pet peeve?

Standing in queues…

You’re happiest when...

I’m with my loved ones – possibly in the South of France, or most recently with my brand new granddaughter.


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