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Te Runanga Hui an 'awesome' experience.

"Tirohia atu a Matariki kua noho ki nga puke o Tautoru, ko ia te kai ruri o te tau."

Behold Matariki seated upon the peaks of Tautoru, 'tis the barometer for the approaching season.

Tena koutou,

I would like to thank Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO member Nanny Down for the invitation to attend Te Runanga's hui at Omaka Marae in Blenheim last month. I would also like to thank Te Runanga vice-chair Desmond Canterbury-Te Ngaruru for being such a patient and superb driver.

I have been an NZNO member for four years and this was my first runanga hui. I attended along with Sandi Ranginui, also a smoking cessation practitioner. It was wonderful to see and feet the whanaungatanga, manaaki and tautoko this elite group of Maori nurses and community workers have to offer.

I was captivated with the valuable korero of Aunty Putiputi O'Brien. As a nurse, she is a beautiful wahine and Maori role model.

Old acquaintances were rekindled with two women who attended the hui, meeting up for the first time since they were student nurses training together in the '60s.

Spending the weekend with new friends and making connections with new whanau was awesome!

I look forward to attending the next runanga hui and to making more acquaintances. Ma te Atua hei manaaki tiaki ki a koutou.

Nayda Te Rangi, team leader, Te Ha Ora Smoking Cessation Programme Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Te Rangi, Nayda
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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