Noeleena facing new future – By Emma Bailey – The Timaru Herald

Last week Noel became Noeleena.

The retired 60-year-old married man and father of three returned to Waimate from Phuket on Saturday after gender reassignment surgery, legally making he a she.

Noeleena Lochhead has been living as a transgender for the past 11 years but made the final transition by having genital reconstruction surgery and breast augmentation at a cost of $15,000.

She is taking hormones but opted against having facial reconstruction.

“I’m 60, not 34. If I was younger I may have considered having some of my facial features feminised.”