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New manager brings a wealth of experience to Taruna College


New manager brings a wealth of experience to Taruna College

Settling in, newly appointed Taruna College manager, Trish Giddens says she knows already that she is going to enjoy the position.

With the Art of Health programme just complete and the Biodynamics Course just started Trish has been pleased to welcome students whilst familiarising herself with the college environment.

“Taruna is indeed a special place in a tranquil setting, with dedicated and passionate staff as well as a hardworking and supportive Board of Trustees. “I see a lot of potential for greater numbers of national and international students to receive and appreciate training receptive to a conscious direction of good health and education. I am focused on sharing the college’s programmes and lifting our profile to ensure we meet the needs of those adult students adjusting to and for the future environment.

With over 30 years’ experience in health and social service management roles, Trish is well suited to her job. She has also worked in local government for 12 years and amongst other Board appointments is a member of the Maori Relationship Health Board, representing Ngati Kahungunu on the District Health Board.

“I’m interested in the course content using the principles of Rudolf Steiner and note the synergies with Dr Mason Durie’s Whare Tapu Wha model on holistic health and well-being,” she says. “I think there is a lot of emphasis on Maori and people generally taking responsibility for their own health and lifestyles and the model of training that Rudolf Steiner provides is similar to that.”

“I am easing myself into the role, thoroughly enjoying it so far and looking forward to this new challenge.

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