By: Jai Hiku, Pūkenga Atawhai (Community NETP Nurse)
The theme of the hui was Toitoi te poipoia – poipoia te whare toiora (Nurturing holistic health outcomes). Although the hui was primarily aimed at tauira, the speakers were still inspirational and relevant.
Keynote speakers included:
Margareth Broodkoorn (Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry of Health) – “Te reo hei arahi – a voice to lead”. Margareth’s clear message was to ‘find your voice, be loud, be proud, know who you are and why you are here’.
Dr Lance O’Sullivan discussed innovative approaches to breaking down barriers of access to care through digital technologies.
Peta Ruha, Aroha Ruha-Hiraka and Waiharakeke Ruha-Hiraka...Wahine toa! “Ki te ana whakamua me titiro whakamuri – we need to acknowledge what’s happened in the past in order to move forward.”
Professor Te Kani Kingi reiterated the importance of culture in restoring wellbeing among our māori whānau.
Adrienne Gulliver (Demartini Method Facilitator) offered an interesting holistic approach to care focusing on a perceptional shift. Her method had an interesting link of conflict due to perceptions, to the masculine or feminine side of the brain.
Sonia Lewis, Te Ōhanga Mataora Paetahi graduate spoke of her journey to graduation through the māori nursing programme.
Between speakers and at break times there were opportunities for Whānaungatanga. Being able to connect with tauira, neehi, kaiako was valuable in many ways. Being surrounded by like-minded people that understand the added struggle we face as māori, to share experiences, ideas and hopes for our future practice. It was a privilege to be able to connect in this way at a local, regional and national level of māori nursing.
Finally it was nice to ‘give-back’ as new graduate nurses. To tautoko the NMIT tauira on their journey. The tauira reported they felt supported and empowered. The tuakana-teina model doesn’t end when we graduate, we are thankful for the tautoko from the tuakana that have come before us, and we will continue to offer tautoko to our teina.