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Turangawaewae Marae hosts Te Runanga Hui.

E NGA matawaka o te motu tena koutou katoa.

"Kia whakaaro kotahi, kia kotahi ra--Think as one, act as one" was the theme of Te Runanga O Aotearoa NZNO's conference and annual general hui (AGH) at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia last month. The hui was hosted by Midlands Te Runanga and attended by around 100 people, a record number of Te Runanga members from around the motu. We were privileged to have NZNO president Jane O'Malley and chief executive Geoff Annals attend the three-day hui. It was the first overnight experience on a marae for the president.

The conference gave Te Runanga members an opportunity to present the work and research they are involved in, renew old friendships, raise issues as Maori working in health, celebrate achievements, develop new networks and have fun. The weekend was interspersed with laughter, waiata, rakau and storytelling.

Eastern Institute of Technology lecturer Anu McCleland of Waikato/Tainui descent presented her PhD thesis entitled ""My culture's on hold for three years: the experience of female Maori nursing students in baccalaureate nursing degrees". This paper was based on a kaupapa Maori research study in progress. It set out to explore the learning experiences of ten Maori nursing students selected from three regions. This research has established that Maori nursing students encounter both support and struggle during their studies, and this influences their chances of succeeding. The findings have suggested a focus on cultural safety is needed for Maori students.

With the imminent passing of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Bill, all nurses and midwives will need to have a professional portfolio. In response to this, Waikato District Health Board (DHB) nursing career path co-ordinator Chris Baker, also of Waikato/Tainui descent, presented a paper on "Preparing a professional portfolio". This explored the implications for Maori nurses and midwives of preparing a portfolio. It provided guidelines on how to prepare a portfolio and the types of evidence that may be included.

On Friday night, the first Maori nurse practitioner Janet Maloney-Moni (of Whakatohea descent) spoke to the conference about her nursing journey. Te Runanga congratulated her on her wonderful achievement. Accompanying her onto the marae and introducing her was the first Maori executive director of nursing and midwifery at Auckland DHB, Taima Campbell, who is of Ngati Tamatera and Ngati Maru descent. Campbell spoke about the need for more Maori to move into nursing leadership positions in order to affect real change in Maori health status. She also encouraged more Maori nurses to come and work for Auckland DHB and to consider applying for the associate director of nursing and midwifery--Maori position, which will be advertised shortly. Both nurses are trailblazers for Maori nurses and it was inspiring to have them attend the hui.

The AGH was held on Saturday morning and the leadership within Te Runanga was acknowledged. Te Runanga would like to acknowledge the contribution outgoing chair Sharon Morunga has made to Te Runanga and NZNO as a whole. She has raised Te Runanga's visibility as a Treaty partner to NZNO and moved the organisation forward in this partnership. She ably represented Te Runanga at last year's South Pacific Nurses' Forum in Vanuatu and at the International Council of Nurses' conference in Geneva in July,

The AGH saw the election of Anne McNicol of Waikato, Te Rarawa and Ngati Porou descent as the incoming chairperson. McNicol, currently vice chair, works as a public health nurse with Waikato DHB. Kaiwhakaruruhau for Hawke's Bay DHB's Maori health service Margaret Jackson was elected vice-chair. Of Ngati Kahungunu descent, she was previously the Te Runanga delegate for Hawke's Bay and is the Hawke's Bay representative on the board of directors. Both the chair and vice-chair will take up their new offices following NZNO's conference this month. The significant contribution of Brenda Close and Diana McGregor on the nursing and midwifery advisory committee was also acknowledged.

The conference continued on Saturday afternoon with our keynote speaker Maureen Holdaway from Te Atihaunui-aPaparangi and Ngati Hauiti. A registered, general and obstetric nurse, she has completed her PhD in Maori studies. She presented her PhD thesis, which is based on a "Maori model for primary health care". A number of those at the hui work in primary health and this was very relevant to their practice.

This was followed by a workshop facilitated by Kirsty Maxwell-Crawford of Ngai Tai me Tapuika descent, who currently manages the Te Rau Matatini organisation. This is a national Maori mental health workforce development organisation funded by the Ministry of Health under the directorship of Massey University Vice Chancellor Mason Durie. Te Rau Matatini is involved in eight projects, one of which--Te Rau Ararau--is looking at the development of Maori mental health career pathways. The workshop created lots of discussion and those attending the conference were able to have input into the frame work being developed.

The final presentation was by Anne McNicol and titled "Working in a Pakeha world". She shared some of her experiences of being Maori and working in a mainstream organisation.

Saturday was an evening of entertainment with a kapa haka performance, an award ceremony where the idiosyncrasies of Te Runanga and NZNO leadership were recognised and honoured, and a DJ to get everyone up dancing the night away.

The conference concluded on Sunday morning with poroporoaki.

No reira tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.
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Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Date:Sep 1, 2003
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