Well-known Green Bay GP, Dr Morag Hardy, recently received the Queen’s Service Medal for services to paediatrics and the community and was honoured by members of the community at a luncheon last month.
Dr Hardy first worked at Green Bay Medical Centre in 1972 when husband Dr Bob Hardy was away at his mother's funeral in Invercargill. She developed a more permanent presence in 1975, having previously been a Paediatrician in research. She had a special interest in those babies who were ‘failing to thrive’ and was a Paediatrician at the Auckland Karitane Hospital until its closure in the late 1970’s.
Noted for her work on infant feeding, Dr Hardy carried out a landmark five-year research study of malnutrition in 600 young children, which was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal in 1972.
Dr Hardy was involved with Girl Guiding for more than 20 years. She would attend Guide Jamborees to provide medical care as a camp doctor. Dr Hardy was an elder in the Green Bay Church in the 1990s and ran the ‘Super Kids’ religious education programme at Green Bay Primary School for more than 10 years.
Retiring in 2012, Dr Hardy was known for going beyond the call of duty for her patients, visiting them after hours, phoning them frequently to check on health issues and often waiving fees for patients on lower incomes. After retiring she remained active in the community, in her Church and activities such as Bible in Schools. Morag still retains a keen interest in the families of the area – many of whom were represented at the luncheon in her honour.