Oliver Smales Memorial Trust

Education and training funding applications

The Trustees of the Oliver Smales Memorial Trust accept applications to fund education and training  from nursing staff and therapists working with children and youth in Hawke’s Bay.

HBDHB staff and staff from other agencies in Hawke's Bay working with infants, children and youth are invited to apply.

Meeting dates 2023

All applications must be with the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting.

Meeting date Application due date
24 February   10 February
19 May 5 May
18 August 4 August
17 November 3 November

About the Trust

Oliver Smales was a well-liked and well-respected paediatrician and citizen of Hawke’s Bay. Oliver contributed hugely to the health and well being of many children and families during his lifetime. He was a loyal and supportive colleague to many health professionals, with a strong commitment to professional education and development. Oliver died on 2 September 2004.

In memory of Oliver, the Rotary Club of Taradale, in the centennial year of Rotary International, held a fund raising dinner and auction on 11 November 2004 at which Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell were keynote speakers. The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board matched money raised on the night. As a result a foundation fund has been established.

At the auction, an Olympic tee shirt signed by Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell was purchased, presented to Dr Libby Smales, who in turn has asked for the gift to be displayed in Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).

On 22 June 2005, a ceremony to unveil a memorial plaque was held at the Hawke’s Bay Hospital to launch the Oliver Smales Memorial Trust.

The objectives of the Trust include:

The education and training of therapist and nursing staff working with children and youth in Hawke’s Bay for or with Hawke’s Bay District Health Board or its successors. The provision of assistance in such education and training through technological inputs, equipment, and the development of procedures and protocols.

Trustees of the Oliver Smales Memorial Trust sincerely hope that all recipients of funds from the Trust will promote the teaching and learning principles that were so important to Oliver.