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Tui Riesterer - Academic Studies

Tui Riesterer - Academic Studies

“Recently I’ve spent a lot of time with whānau at Starship Hospital and Ronald McDonald House and it has been both humbling and inspirational.”

“I’ve had 10 years in public service which was fulfilling to some degree, but seeing the dedication of the nurses and doctors with the children at Starship has inspired me to serve on a completely different level. I am passion driven now to get my nursing degree.”

“I needed to do the Foundation course to pick up the science credits. The science is a challenge to me but I love a challenge and it has become one of the best aspects of the course. To do it, I’ve had to adjust the way I usually learn because science is a new language with its own pronunciation, spelling, definitions and origins.” 

“I’m also realising that academic skills are more valuable and necessary than I thought. I’m learning it’s OK to be wrong and that we have good and bad days on our journey. “

“An unexpected surprise is the real kinship in our class. The reasons we are here are many and varied and we know that a key part of humanity is to support each other.”

“The new oncology unit in Whangarei offers new opportunities in nursing and my dream is to work as a Paediatric oncology nurse, which requires a Master’s Degree. Illness affects not only the child but the parents and siblings too and I want to support the whole whānau. I can help by sharing what I know in a context that our Maori people are comfortable with.”

Waka – Tainui
Iwi - Ngati Maniapoto 
Hapū – Ngati Pourahu

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