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Learning about hauora Māori

By UCOL on Monday, 30 October 2017

UCOL nursing students standing in front of Papawai Marae in Greytown

A group of second year UCOL Bachelor of Nursing students enhance their knowledge and skills by learning about hauora Māori.

Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health unique to New Zealand and comprises physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing.

UCOL nursing students gathered at Papawai Marae in Greytown recently to listen to talks about health from a hauora Māori perspective. Guest speakers included team members from the Pae Ora team at Whaiora Whanui (a local health provider); PJ Devonshire and Ra Smith from Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa; and Janeen Cross from the Māori health directorate at Wairarapa DHB.

The noho marae day is attended by year two Bachelor of Nursing students as part of the nursing curriculum.  Students attend a pōwhiri on the marae, and discuss the relationship between the marae experience and nursing practice.  Guest speakers were invited to attend, to inform students about their roles in relation to improving health equity for Māori in our communities.  The students were also given a history of Papawai marae.

The noho was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, and the Wairarapa Nurse Education Team give thanks to all guest speakers who contributed towards this day.

Pictured above (L-R):
Back row: Emma Carruthers, Zoe Bowater, Sharon Clatworthy, Tracey Cook (Nurse Education Lecturer), Aimie McAnulty, Miranda Turley
Front row: Amiria Te Whaiti (Papawai marae), Stef Adams, Charli Bass