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Aroha Ruha
Ngāti Awa

Te Ōhanga Mataora Paetahi (Bachelor of Health Sciences Māori - Nursing)

Background Summary:

I was motivated to enrol in this degree by my mother, who works in the health sector and did her nursing degree at my age. This programme was the perfect step for me. It means I can study toward my long-term goal (to become a GP) while living at home, which is really important at this time.
And I’m loving it. There is a lot of hands-on learning. We have clinical experience every week at Whakatāne Hospital – an important practical component of our learning. Our class also ran a week-long hauora clinic, checking vital signs on whānau, students, staff and other volunteers. That was an awesome exercise because it gave us practical experience with complete strangers, learning how important it is to build rapport.

We’ve done a lot in our first six months, including attending a Nursing Council of NZ conference in Auckland. We met leading nursing professionals and students from throughout the motu, and were able to share experiences and begin building professional networks.

I really like that the programme incorporates a significant Māori component. I write most of my essays in te reo, which is hugely helpful because that is my first language, as I was brought up in kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa and wānanga.

I also like the level of support from Awanuiārangi. They really encourage you, and give a lot of useful tips on planning and how to make it through the year.