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Rita Angus Kindness Award Winner

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Rita Angus kindness award winner Miho Tomoikei pictured with the colleagues who nominated her.
From left to right: Emma Ashcroft, Chrissy Nkya, Miho Tomoike and Divya Mannayath.

Miho Tomoike is proof that kindness has a language all of its own.

The Rita Angus caregiver was stuck for words when she was told she’d won the village’s Kindness Award.

Miho moved to Wellington from Hiroshima, Japan a couple of years ago and she’s learning English as fast as she can.

“I find it frustrating because I don’t speak English so well and it is hard for me to express myself sometimes. I’m a very talkative person normally, so it is especially hard.’’

“What I would like to say is that I am very thankful for this award. I will never forget getting it. It is a great acknowledgement for me and my life.’’

Actions clearly speak louder than words and Miho, who has been at Rita Angus for 18 months, was a popular choice for the award.

Her main weapon is her smile, but she says there is more to kindness than that.

“I think the meaning of kindness is always being considerate to other people. I smile a lot myself which has an affect but also I like to hold a resident’s hand if they are uncertain.’’

Her other secret weapon is a well-thumbed notebook. In it Miho records all the words she’s uncertain about and also all her residents’ likes and dislikes so that she remembers their favourite things.

She plans to spend her voucher on a trip with her boyfriend.

Miho’s workmates said she always went the extra mile for residents, was respectful of her workmates, had a wonderful sense of humour and made every shift a joy.