Seamus Hughes pulls his blond dreadlocks into a tight bun shortly before his shift starts.
The 25 year old is a nurse at Waikato Hospital’s emergency department.
He’s had dreads for about seven years, since he left high school.
“I keep them tidy, they’re not messy dreads,” he said.
Greg Peploe, director of people and performance at Waikato District Health Board, said that while there are policies, they don’t include “highly prescriptive standards in terms of clothing”.
The exception is for staff who are required to wear a uniform or other mandated clothing, he said.