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New uniforms at Evelyn Page

A team of 30 first-time models stormed the runway at Evelyn Page Retirement Village in Orewa modelling beautiful new uniforms by Annah Stretton.

Annah Stretton said it had been a great pleasure to design the uniforms for workers in the aged care industry.

"We wanted garments that brought a smile to the faces of residents, increased the level of pride in what staff wear and emphasized the vital role they play in residents' lives,'' Annah Stretton said.

"Eat your heart out Air New Zealand.''

Ryman Nurse and first-time model Maggie Doyle, who manages the Dementia Unit at Evelyn Page, said she loved her new look.
"I love the colours - she's designed something that seems to suit everyone. Our residents love the way we look. I can't believe I'm wearing a designer dress – to work!''

Maggie Doyle began training in the days when nurses wore white uniforms, belts and hats.

 "We used to look so clinical. These uniforms break down the barriers with residents. We've always been approachable but I think these uniforms make us look more so.''

Managing director Simon Challies said Annah had somehow come up with uniforms that 4,000 staff loved.

"We love the designs that Annah's come up with. The reaction from staff has been tremendous and they're putting a whole lot of smiles on residents' faces.''

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