Oliver Smales Memorial Trust


Dr Oliver Smales was a well liked and well respected paediatrician and citizen of Hawke’s Bay who made a significant difference to the lives, health and wellbeing of many babies, children, youth and families during his lifetime. He was a loyal and supportive colleague to many health professionals, with a strong commitment to professional education and workforce development. Oliver died 2 September 2004.

In 2004 – 2005 Rotary International celebrated its centennial year and, in memory of Oliver, the Rotary Club of Taradale, held a fundraising dinner and auction on 11 November 2004. The rowing Olympians Georgina and Caroline Swindell, were keynote speakers at this special event and the (then) Hawke’s Bay District Health Board matched the funds raised.

The YouTube clip and Taradale Rotary Newsletter profile how the fundraising idea started, the formal event and comments from individuals in the establishment of the Trust. 

At the fundraising auction an Olympic t-shirt signed by Georgina and Caroline Swindell was auctioned, subsequently presented to Dr Libby Smales, who in turn asked for the gift to be displayed in Hawke’s Bay Special Care Baby Unit.


The Oliver Smales Memorial Trust's vision and priorities are outlined in the Oliver Smales Memorial Trust Strategy 2022 – 2025  and information published in the Oliver Smales Memorial Trust. Excellence in Practice: A Return on Investment (May 2022).


A major aim of the Trustees of the Oliver Smales Memorial Trust (OSMT) is that all recipients of funds will promote the teaching and learning principles that were so important to Oliver.

The Trustees of the OSMT accept applications to fund education and workforce development from registered nurses and allied health professionals who work with babies/pēpi, children/tamariki and youth/rangatahi in the Hawke’s Bay region. This includes professionals who provide clinical care in the community and Hawke’s Bay rural sectors. Refer application and reporting template links.    

All completed applications must be with the OSMT Secretariate at least two weeks before the Trust’s quarterly meetings. 

Meeting dates 2024

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

OSMT meeting date Date final application due
16 February 2024  2 February 2024
17 May 2024 3 May 2024
16 August 2024 2 August 2023 
15 November 2024 1 November 2024