After serving with MAF in Africa as a pilot and a doctor respectively, William and Meryl returned to Hamilton New Zealand at the end of 2005 to have children and were blessed with the arrival of Matthew in January 2007. Their sense was that their time back in New Zealand was for a season, to have a child and to connect again with our families. They then believed it was the right time to return to MAF International. They are sponsored by West Hamilton Anglican church, friends and family from around New Zealand.
William is in the role of Aviation Director based in Cairns where he is responsible for providing technical support to MAFs programmes around the world, which includes standards development, training and advise to programme senior staff. William continues to provide some pilot training support and is also a member of the Executive Leadership team of MAFI.
Meryl looks after Matthew and works part time as a GP and also volunteers her time running a children’s choir.
The Nicols are currently based in Cairns but hope one day to return to programme operations where Meryl can return to fistula work as a Doctor.