Māori Nursing Students Hand Over Taonga

19 May 2015

Māori Nursing Students Hand Over Taonga

A large contingent of Māori nursing students from NorthTec have just returned from this year’s National Māori Nursing Student hui, held at Manukau.

They took with them a taonga – a special wooden carving which has adorned the wall of the main NorthTec reception area since the 2014 hui held at Waitangi.

The taonga represents the physical form of the Mauri (life force) of the annual gathering, which is ritualistically moved from hui to hui each year.

Named Te Mokopuna Ataahua o Te Kaunihera, the taonga has travelled around the country since 2003, staying with the host institution from the start of each hui to the next. This year, the NorthTec students took the taonga to Manukau for a formal handover to the hosts, representatives from the nursing team at the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT).

The Māori student nurses’ hui is an annual event organised by Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Māori (National Council of Maori Nurses) in collaboration with the host education provider.

Pictured with the taonga mokopuna at NorthTec are Māori nursing students (left to right): Shantel Naera, Ani Skinner, Manilla Stewart, Louise Larsen, Janine Popata, Sharon Umaroa, Sharlene Subritzky, Jasmine Rogers-Tana, Hema Heka and Tania Stoneham.

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