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Recipe book tribute to Whitireia nursing tutor

Dec 4th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

THE SUDDEN death of Whitireia Polytechnic nursing lecturer Donna Voice has led to the creation of a recipe book, Stunning, with all the proceeds going into a trust fund for her daughter’s education.

After her death in September, Whitireia set up Emma’s Education Trust Fund for Ms Voice’s daughter, Emma Nobel.

Several recipes include anecdotes that link the recipe to how colleagues knew Donna or favourite memories of her.

“Donna and I shared an office at Whitireia for nearly three years, and around 3ish Donna would suggest we have a break and something to eat,” writes Joanna Davison.

 “Sometimes I would have bought in my Anzac biscuits, and so while we were having a great laugh, we would chew our way through them.”

The book’s title, Stunning, was inspired by one of Ms Voice’s catch phrases: “You’re stunning,” she would say to people.

Colleague Debra Wilson says the trust was set up for Emma in acknowledgement of her mother’s work: “We wanted to do something tangible that would help.”

Ms Voice (pictured) taught at Whitireia as a nursing lecturer since 2005, and her life touched both staff and students at the polytechnic.

Staff spoke of how often Ms Voice would mention her 16-year-old daughter: “Emma was such a delight,” says one. “She was very special to Donna. She was very proud of her.”

 The fund was initially supplemented by donations from Ms Voice’s friends and family, but the recipe book is the first fundraising campaign on Emma’s behalf.

“Donna was very generous and giving,” says Mrs Wilson. “Those qualities fit in nicely with feeding people. She liked food. She liked to celebrate and she had a joy of life, so the book seemed a good fit.”

Originally, the recipe book was the result of a faculty argument over who had the best pavalova recipe, but there is not a single pavalova recipe in the book.

It does feature recipes from Ms Voice’s personal collection. Her “famous” white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake is the first recipe in the book, as it was often requested at staff functions and meetings.

Recipes were given by staff at Whitireia, and by former colleagues from her time working at Capital and Coast District Health.

Another recipe featured is Chicken Tikka, described by the contributors as one of the meals Donna most enjoyed when she visited their home.

Daughter Emma is now living in Melbourne, and plans to further her education with tertiary study.

So far more than 250 of the recipe books have been sold, and a second edition is a possibility. The books are available for $15 from Whitireia Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Nursing building at the Whitireia campus in Porirua, or by contacting Debra Wilson: 04-237-3103 ext 3772

Donnas’ Delicious and Delectable Cheesecake

Otherwise known as white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake. We would always request that Donna make this for our Christmas parties and other celebrations. She was famous for it.



One packet of chocolate chippie biscuits or super wines – crushed
100g melted butter


225g castor sugar
3 tablespoons corn flour
675g cream cheese
2 eggs
300 mls thickened cream
250g raspberry or any berry (I use frozen straight out of the freezer)
white chocolate squares cut into quarters (I use between 1½ and 2 king size blocks!)


Add melted butter to crushed biscuits.
Mix together and pack firmly into spring tin


Mix castor sugar and corn flour together in a large bowl
Add cream cheese and mix with a wooden spoon. Then add eggs, thickened cream, berries and chocolate squares – mixing well in between

Pour onto prepared base.  Cook at 180C for 50 – 60 minutes.

Cool then refrigerate.

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