Stories of Struggle and Hope in South Auckland



Greg Judkins has worked as a general practitioner in multi-cultural South Auckland for thirty-nine years. Prior to that he worked for three years in a remote hospital in Nepal.

As a medical educator, he has found teaching young GPs, both in his practice and in weekly seminar groups, very rewarding.

His life-long love of poetry and fiction led him to start creating short stories, inspired by glimpses of the extraordinary lives of the people he encounters in his medical work. These recently came together in the publication of Biopsies. All the characters appearing in these stories are fictional composites, however, and do not represent actual patients, past or present.

Makalofi was published in the University of Auckland’s magazine, Ingenio, in 2014. The Canary was published in 2018 in The Australasian Journal on Ageing. Twelve of these stories have also been published separately over recent years in the New Zealand Medical Journal Digest.

Greg was interviewed on RNZ's Nine to Noon programme about the writing of Biopsies, and about being a GP in South Auckland, on 6 August 2020.