Nursing students benefit from Māori hui

12 May 2017

Nursing students benefit from Māori hui

Ten nursing students and a tutor from NorthTec travelled to Christchurch last week to take part in this year’s national Māori nursing hui.

Organised by Te Kaunihera o Ngā Neehi Māori – the National Council of Māori Nurses, the four-day event brought together around 200 Māori students, nurses and lecturers from all over the country. The hui featured speeches by senior Māori academics and managers in the health sector.

Hui A Tau Mo Ngā Tauira Neehi Māori 2017 was hosted by Ara Institute of Canterbury, with the theme of Resilience and Rebuilding (Whakatū, Whakaora), in tribute to the people of Christchurch who have rebuilt their homes and lives since the 2010 earthquake. Participants were taken on a tour of the city, to see first-hand the community’s rebuilding efforts.

Jane Anderson, NorthTec’s Nursing Programme Leader, said the department supported Māori nursing students to attend the hui every year. She said: “The students love it and find it very beneficial. They come back inspired and very motivated to complete their studies.”

NorthTec student Melinda Neville said the hui had made her realise how proud she should be to be both Māori and, as a nursing student, an asset to the health system. She said: “We need to become leaders within the health sector and fight for the health of Māori, with health promotion by Māori, for Māori. We need to encourage others and never turn down any opportunities to succeed.”

Mataroria Rawhiti said the event had been a great networking opportunity and many participants planned to keep in contact with each other. He said the speakers at the hui had been inspiring, and were the type of people the students aspired to be.

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