Resilience and rebuilding – Māori nursing hui at Ara

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02 May 2017

Resilience and rebuilding (Whakatū! Whakaora!) is the theme of the National Council of Māori Nurses hui hosted at Ara Institute of Canterbury from 2 – 5 May.

Some 200 Māori nursing students and educators are expected to attend the event, Hui A Tau Mo Ngā Tauira Neehi Māori 2017, which is inspired by the courage and resilience of the people of Ōtautahi as they have rebuilt their lives in the six years since the Canterbury earthquakes.

Māori nursing students at Ara requested several of the guest speakers and stand to gain experience by helping to facilitate the hui. They will network with and support nursing students and educators from around the country.

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“The point is to give students the opportunity for a leadership role in organising a conference,” Ara Nursing tutor Ada Campbell said. “So the plan is that a senior student and a junior student will be assigned visitors from certain schools to sign in and look after and be a point of contact for.”

Guest speakers include Māori and Indigenous Health Institute - Associate Dean Māori and Professor Dr Suzanne Pitama, and Senior Lecturer Tania Huria, from University of Otago, and Hector Matthews,  Executive Director - Māori and Pasifika Health Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB).

Hana O’Regan, former Kaiarahi of Ara, now General Manager Oranga, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, will deliver the opening keynote address on the first day.

Keynote speakers will link to the resilience theme, Ada said. “They will talk about resilience in their practice and what rebuilding they’ve had to do.

“We chose the theme rebuilding and resilience, because it is really so relevant to Christchurch in particular and can also apply in many contexts.”

To give the guests an even greater experience of resilience, they will go out on Thursday afternoon for two hours to see firsthand the city in all of its stages of the process of rebuilding.

“We’re going to direct them to architecture that Ngāi Tahu has been involved in and key points of interests, such as the new memorial wall, the Cathedral, the Basilica, the new Margaret Mahy playground and the reopened Christchurch Art Gallery.”

The first hui of the National Council of Māori nurses was held in October 1983 and it is still the only for Māori by Māori mandated body by iwi, representing Māori on health issues. Registered nurses, student nurses, health workers and other health professionals who identify as Maori are eligible to attend in order to facilitate cultural safe nursing practice, ethics and standards.

The Council also focuses on research, traditional healing, raising standards, disseminating health information throughout the Māori community and promoting workforce development of Māori at all levels of nursing.

Professional nurses will talk about the many career choices in nursing and their own experience in a symposium requested by students. And Aroha Reriti-Crofts will present on Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora (Māori Women’s League), also at the students’ request. Meanwhile, students will have the opportunity to present 15 minute project talks during the event to further develop their skills and to share knowledge.