New Tapuhi Kaitiaki awards
14 August 2018
New Tapuhi Kaitiaki awards support the development of Māori nurses
PHARMAC and Te Pōari o Te Rūnanga o Āotearoa and their Tiriti partner Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Āotearoa (NZNO) are pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Tapuhi Katiaki Awards.
The Tapuhi Kaitiaki Awards, held at the Indigenous Nurses conference on 11 August 2018, acknowledge the huge value that Māori nurses add to the health professional workforce. The awards recognise Māori nurses who are furthering their studies, clinical practice and professional development while continuing to support the wellbeing of whānau, hapū and iwi.
“Māori nurses play a unique role in the health sector in that they are both clinically and culturally competent health professionals,” says Kerri Nuku, Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa, NZNO.
Alison Hill, Director of Engagement and Implementation at PHARMAC, says that one of PHARMAC’s goals is to eliminate inequities in access to medicines by 2025, and improving Māori health outcomes is a key area of focus.
“Māori health professionals have a pivotal role in helping Māori understand and access the medicines they need,” says Ms Hill.
“We were really pleased with the quality of the applications, which painted a vivid picture of the deep understanding and strong commitment these nurses have to serving their communities through their profession.
“I was impressed to see how much these nurses fit into their daily lives, juggling their studies, tamariki, home and professional lives.
“We’ve enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Te Rūnanga, and we want to continue to support the development of Māori nurses.
“I was honoured to present the awards to the nine recipients and to learn more about the journey each of them is on. They have each demonstrated strong connections and dedication to their whakapapa and community, while continuing to strive towards excellence in their studies or professional practice.”
Recipients of the 2018 Tapuhi Kaitiaki awards each received $2000 to $2500.
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Background information: full list of Award Winners
|Pauline Brennan||Ngāti Kahungunu||Pauline is an
experienced nurse and has recently completed her Nursing
Council interview for Nurse Practitioner in Wellington.
Her recent nursing practitioner application drew on how a ‘Simple Act of Awhi’supported a client at the sudden death of a whānau member.
|Awhina Dixon||Ngāti Kahungunu, Waikato/Tainui, Ngāti
in her second year of Bachelor of Nursing at Eastern
Institute of Technology and cannot wait to practice as a
Awhina says: “At my graduation, I will wear a Korowai or Kākahu rather than a red cape, wearing a Kākahu is a representation and my connection to the past and to the present.”
|Kelly McDonald||Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Rangitane ki Wairau||Kelly is on a
pathway to becoming a Nurse Prescriber. Kelly is enrolled at
Massey University Manawatu and studying her first paper in
Physiology and Pathophysiology.|
Kelly says: “I have always wanted to be a Māori nurse working within and for her whānau, hapū and iwi”.
|Ani Tomoana||Ngāti Kahungunu||Ani is on a journey
to become a Māori Nurse Practitioner, with study starting
in 2019. Strong links to whānau, hapū and iwi working as a
Ani says: “In the future I would like to offer clinics in the community to benefit Māori patients and whānau.”
|Maria Briggs||Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Whātua||Maria is a
new graduate nurse having completed her Bachelor of Nursing
in 2017. She would like to study for her Masters in Nursing
degree in 2019.|
Maria says: “He Māori āhau, He Tapuhi Māori āhau,” - “I am Māori, I am a Māori nurse.
I stand strong in my knowledge, I draw strength in connection and I believe I have roles and responsibilities as governed by my whakapapa.”
|Logan Murray||Te Rarawa||Logan has been a registered
nurse for 12 years. He is currently in his final year of a
Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Human Anatomy at the
University of Otago. Logan plans to incorporate the skills
and knowledge gained from this degree into his nursing
career and beyond.|
Logan says: “I strongly believe in role modelling and leading by example. I am always careful to ensure my attitudes, beliefs and practices exemplify what I expect from others in my workplace.”
|Grace Manawatu||Ngai Tahu||Grace is in her second year of the Bachelor of
nursing degree at Ara Polytech in Christchurch.|
Grace says: “My dream is to be able to help my people by showing and providing the information needed and to try and show that Māori are not just a number in statistics.”
|Margaret Hand||Te Roroa||Margaret is a new Māori Nurse Practitioner
working with a team of nurses, a GP and admin staff at Te
Hau Awhiowhio o Otangerei. They offer a unique approach and
are transforming care for whānau, hapu and iwi.|
Margaret says: “My aim is to ensure tangata whaiora can make decisions for them with the right approach, rangatiratanga (empowerment)”
“Tangata whaiora whānau hauora manaakitanga”
|Tiny Ranga||Tainui, Tuhoe,Rongowhakata,|
Te Aitanga ā Mohaki
|Tiny has the goal of being a Nurse
Prescriber within two years. Tiny is an Asthma and
respiratory Nurse specialist at Kokiri Marae Hauora and
Tiny says: “My passion is to help communities start unfunded initiatives like rangitahi suicide prevention noho and ‘whanau against P’.”