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It’s a girl, first baby born in the Waikato 2015

Jacque Emery-Tekani’s birth in Thames Birthing Unit at 2.06am today saw her become the first baby born in one of Waikato District Health Board’s facilities in 2015.

She pipped Rhonda and Damien Symes’ son, born 2.35am at Waikato Hospital, to the honour.

Jacque’s parents Jack McLaren and Nikita Metekingi Tekani of Paeroa were today thrilled their daughter, who weighed in at 3330 grams (7lb 3 ozs), had the distinction of being first.

“She was due on Christmas Day so we were very pleased to see her,” said Nikita who went into labour last night, arrived at Thames Birthing Unit at 11pm and gave birth three hours later.

It is the couple’s third child – they have daughter Mereana-Arina Emery-Tekani, 4, and son Tamatiotehaki Emery-Tekani, who is 3 tomorrow. They were both born at Waikato Hospital.

For Nikita the experience at Thames Birthing Unit was wonderful.

“It all happened pretty fast,” she said. “I was pleased I didn’t have to go all the way to Waikato.”

Thames midwife Tina Murdock was the lead maternity carer who delivered Jacque.

Rhonda Symes with her newborn son in NICU

Meanwhile in Hamilton, Rhonda and Damien are keeping a close eye on their newborn son as he was born six weeks early weighing 2245 grams (4 lb 9 ozs) and is having a stint in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit  (NICU).

It is also the couple’s third child after Zac, 5, and Isabella, 3.

The family were holidaying in Whangamata at her father Kevin McLuskie’s bach when Rhonda had a fall which prompted her to return home to Hamilton in labour. Ironically it was the same place where she went into labour with Zac and he was born four weeks early.


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