Left to right: Helen ⭐ Noel ⭐ Theresa ⭐ Di ⭐ Sharon ⭐ Di
Established in 1991, Noel Templeton Optometrists is your local family eye care professionals. We have practices in Blenheim, Picton, and Westport. We also run a fortnightly clinic in Reefton.
Noel Templeton Optometrists specialise in contact lenses, ocular therapeutics, behavioural optometry and general optometry.
Noel Templeton, Optometrist
Dip Optom; Cert Ocular Pherm, Theraupeutics
Noel graduated with a Diploma in Optometry in 1977 and completed his Diploma in Ocular Pharmacy: Therapeutics in 2004. He is a Civil Aviation Authority accredited examiner, and a Maritime Safety and NZ Police designated Optometrist.
After graduating, Noel became a partner in a central Auckland High Street practice, Mortimer-Hirst, specialising in contact lens fitting especially keratoconus and post corneal graft.
Noel moved to Blenheim in 1991 and purchased the late Peter Maynes' practice in Picton in 1991. He opened a new practice in Blenheim's High Street that same year. The Picton practice still operates from The Picton Medical Centre.
In 2004, Noel purchased Catherine van Passeen's Westport practice which is now located at 217 Palmerston Street Westport with a visiting branch at the Reefton Medical centre.
Sally Blohm, Optometrist
Sally was born and bred in Zimbabwe. After completing her optometric training in the UK in 1985, she went back to Zimbabwe to join the family optometry ﬁrm. Her father had established the company after the War with one of his priorities being the provision of professional services to the smaller towns throughout the country.
By the time Sally got back to Zimbabwe her professional life was pre-ordained to be an exciting mix of rural and city practice. Twenty years passed in a ﬂash of fortnightly travels to remote spots where the sheer beauty of wild places and the reliability of the motor vehicle were priceless!
ln 2005, Sally accepted a job offer in Kerikeri and moved to New Zealand. The following ﬁve years have been one of the most exciting and stimulating times of her life. She ﬁnds NZ an extraordinary country. Her entire extended family was involved in agriculture in Zimbabwe, the agricultural sector in particular enthrals her in its sheer diversity and scale. She feels really lucky to have found herself here in Marlborough.
Sally joined our team as a full-time optometrist in 2010. Later, in 2014, she completed her Therapeutics Training.
Theresa started working for Noel Templeton in June 1998 as an Optical Technician responsible for the on-site workshop. She also assisted the Optometrist and helped choose frames with the clients.
Enjoying people contact and helping them, she up-skilled to become a qualified registered Dispensing Optician. She qualified in 2009 after 3 years of study.
Theresa has worked for the Practice for 19 years. She still enjoys the challenge of optics and choosing frames for the showroom.
There's such a great choice of designs, bringing colour and interest to the Practice. This makes for a very pleasant experience when choosing frames with the clients and finding the perfect choice for them. She thrives on helping people see well and feel confident.
Helen is our Practice Manager and has worked for Noel Templeton since September 1999. She enjoys the challenges associated with running a busy Practice and meeting people from all walks of life.
She has a background in office administration and also enjoys the interaction with our clients. She finds it very satisfying when a client has been helped to look their very best in a new frame and is able to enjoy the best vision for their needs.
Helen is enjoying the new premises in George Street, especially the friendly feel of the building with the sun streaming in. The staff members have worked together for many years and she enjoys the family atmosphere.
Sharon has been working for the Company since 1991. Along with her role as Receptionist she also does Contact Lens teaches and other varied tasks.
In 2000, Sharon started work at our Picton Branch which was located in Mariners Mall. After closing Picton in September 2016 Sharon now works back in the Blenheim Branch.
Di has been in the optical industry in Christchurch as a Technician for over 40 years.
She moved to Blenheim for a lifestyle change and has been with Noel and the girls since 2014.
Nicola is our Westport Office manager and started in Optics after a long background with a local Westport Optometry Accounting Firm.
Having no knowledge of Optometry, the Optical industry appeared quite daunting initially. Now, she feels she has mastered it and says: "I think the job is enjoyable, challenging and there's always something to learn".
Nicola also enjoys helping with frames selection and assisting in choosing the best lenses for an individual's prescription.
Alex joined the Westport Branch in October 2016. She has a great welcoming manner and is very friendly and helpful. She has realised that the field is varied and interesting and decided she would like to know more.
She has enrolled in the Dispensing Optican's course which she hopes to complete in 2018.
She enjoys purchasing eyeglass frames so that clients can have fashion and a frame that will suit their individual optical needs.
3-Month Satisfaction Warranty
If for any reason you are not delighted with your new glasses or contact lenses we will make any alterations necessary or refund your money in full.
12-Month Manufacturing Warranty
If within 12 months of purchase your glasses have any defects relating to material or production faults, we will repair or replace them for you free of charge to the same value. If you choose to replace the frame to something of higher value, there will incur a difference for you to pay.
If your lens coatings should fail within 2 years of purchase, we will replace them for you free of charge*
Lifetime Free Adjustment & Cleaning Service
When you purchase new frames and lenses from us we welcome you back anytime that your glasses may require a little care. We offer a free cleaning and adjustment service for the lifetime of your glasses and will provide any replacement screws and nose pads free of charge - so you can rest assured you will always look your best in your glasses purchased from Noel Templeton Optometrists.
*These warranties exclude abuse, wear and tear and other conditions outside the realms of normal use.