Take a peek at the day in the life of a GP

Find out what it's like to be a GP

The College has compiled a number of GP profiles to illustrate the life of a GP. These GPs are leaders in their communities, forming strong relationships with their patients and living life to the full.

Anna-Marie O'Mahoney - An Irish GP who's staying put

Dr Anna-Marie is a GP in her second year as a trainee, she came here all the way from Ireland in 2012 and as the title suggests, she doesn't see herself leaving New Zealand anytime soon.

Joel Pirini - RHM Registrar, rugby coach and father of five.

Dr Joel Pirini was born and raised in Whangarei. In a past life he was television production assistant, now he’s a father of five and practices as a GP and medical officer at Kataia hospital.

Alice Tait-Jamieson- Self-proclaimed GP "geek", super-mum and netballer

We start Alice’s interview with the well warranted but also clichéd question – ‘Why did you decide to become a GP?’ Her answer was nothing short of honest and down-to-earth, and we wouldn’t expect anything less of this super doctor.


Steve Finnigan - Tall tales in Taranaki

Like most GPs with a few decades of practice behind them, Dr Steve Finnigan has many a tale to tell. For this 59-year-old practice owner, two that immediately spring to mind took place within a few kilometres of each other, in the small Taranaki settlement of Tarata.

Anna Kang - An early inspired and enthusiastic GPEPer

It was the late Colin Murdoch, New Zealand legend and inventor of the disposable hypodermic syringe, child-proof medicine container and the tranquilliser gun, who inspired Anna to pursue medicine.

Jethro Le Roy - You'll find him in his practice, or on the water

Dr Jethro Le Roy grew up in the Bay of Plenty town of Te Puke. He now lives in sunny Papamoa,across from the beach. On top of being a GP, Jethro is also a GP teacher and an examiner for GPEP.

Rawiri Keenan - Pou Whirinaki, Fellow, medical advisor and family man

Dr Rawiri is based in the Waikato where he practices every week once or twice, is Pou Whirinaki for the College and works as a medical advisor for Midlands PHO. Rawiri has been keen on general practice since his early days growing up in Taumarunui.


KJ Patel- A self proclaimed pom-turned born-again Kiwi

Dr Kunjay Patel (known as KJ) came to New Zealand from the UK where he was born and raised by his doctor parents. At the age of five, he wanted to be either a doctor or a stuntman.

Olivia Currie- Fellow, wife, mum and foodie

Dr Olivia Currie was easily swayed into the GP world when working as a trainee intern in Te Puia Springs. Her supervisor had suggested a chat over lunch about general practice as a career.


Margaret Goodey - Born into the profession, now passing it on

Dr Margaret Goodey had her first experience in the medical world as a mere pre-schooler when her father was a GP. Margaret now practices as a GP and Medical Educator in Auckland