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Board members experience warm welcome at Hui.

Although only half the members of the board of directors were able to attend Te Runanga's annual general hui (AGH) in Blenheim, those of us who went found it an interesting and rewarding experience.

As I live in Taupo, I linked in with the Auckland contingent, travelling by minibus and staying overnight at the Whitireia Polytechnic marae in Porirua where we met up with the rest of the North Island delegates. During a smooth ferry crossing, we practised the waiata we would be singing over the next days, much to the amusement of the other passengers.

Omaka Marae is situated on the old Woodbourne air base outside Blenheim where we were greeted with a powhiri. Te Rununga members ensured those who were unfamiliar with the protocol were kept informed, safe and comfortable with the procedures.

After a hearty lunch, we spent the afternoon introducing ourselves and sharing the journey we had taken into nursing and health and as NZNO representatives.

Many fascinating stories were told of nurses who had started with little in the way of qualifications and the battles they had to eventually gain their registration and degrees.

After the AGH, there were several interesting guest speakers. Nelson nurse Hemaima Hughes outlined the new Maori nursing degree course starting in Whakatane next year and there was a presentation on PAUA.

I was impressed with the two kuia who presided over the meeting and gave their views--Puti Puti O'Brien (Auntie Puti) and Vera Morgan (Aunty Vera). It was very moving when Auntie Puti handed back the Akenehi Hei Award she had received and we heard about its history.

My thanks go to Te Runanga kaiwhakahaere Brenda Close who initiated this giant step forward in NZNO's bicultural journey and to those Te Rununga members who made us feel at home and welcome.

Central region Te Runanga proxy delegate, Keetan Ransfield, said attending the hui was a real privilege. "I enjoyed meeting new people, and talking about the different issues we all deal with in our jobs and our lives."

Keelan was inspired to put his thoughts into a waiata, which he then taught to those at the hui. "Verse 1: Nga korero ote wananga; Hei amiorangi i tenei whare; Ko Te Aroha, Te Aroha O Te Waipounamu.

Verse 2: E rere nei kote karanga; I raro i te maru, o tenei roopu rangatira; Te Runanga O Aotearoa.

Chorus: Kia mihi atu ki nga waka no nga hau e wha; ote motu nei; ko te tauira koutou nga kuia, kuia morehu."

Report by Bay of Plenty/Tairawhiti board representative Vivien Wrathall
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Title Annotation:TE RUNANGA; New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Author:Wrathall, Vivien
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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