Building relationships among Maori students.
Subject: Nursing students (Social aspects)
Medical societies (Services)
Scholarships (Management)
Pub Date: 02/01/2009
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Feb, 2009 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs; 360 Services information; 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 194904199
Full Text: Te Runanga Tauira (TRT) hopes 2009 will be the year firm relationships among Maori undergraduate nursing students from across the country will be established. Connections will be forged through the students' shared cultural identity and their study/clinical experiences and achievements.

TRT is the tauira Maori (Maori student) arm of NZNO's National Student Unit (NSU) and a subgroup of Te Runanga O Aotearoa NZNO. It is the responsibility of TRT to advocate, promote and support the interests of all students, while contributing a Maori perspective to the NSU and a student perspective to Te Runanga's national executive komiti.

In December last year, the board of directors approved a rule change voted on at the NSU's AGM in September. This allows for the inclusion of a TRT delegate from each nursing school onto the NSU, thus enabling NSU's structure to reflect its commitment to partnership and to provide leadership from a diverse range of perspectives.

TRT believes the change will improve NZNO support mechanisms for Maori nursing students and strengthen their voices on issues relevant to their education, to the future of nursing and to the health of their whanau/hapu/iwi.

Delegate vacancies

Currently, TRT consists of the chair Paula King, (a second-year student at the Western Institute of Technology), vice-chair Michelle Roche (a second-year student at Northtec), and seven delegates. It is seeking to fill delegate vacancies in the following tertiary education institutions:

* Nelson/Marlborough Institute of Technology

* Otago Potytechnic

* Massey University, Wellington and Palmerston North

* UCOL, Palmerston North and Wairarapa

* Eastern Institute of Technology

* Wintec Waikato

* University of Auckland

* Auckland University of Technology

The 2008 Te Runanga annual report noted Maori student membership was 291, nine percent of the total NZNO student membership. Maori nursing and midwifery enrolments have rapidly increased in recent years, according to the New Zealand Health Information Service (www.nzhis. govt.nz) and we are confident that NZNO Maori student membership will reflect this growth in 2009. TRT is concerned, however, that many students, for various reasons, do not identify themselves as Maori when filling in the NZNO membership form. We would like to encourage new and current student members to complete or update their personal details, including their ethnicity. Accurate and current data allows NZNO to keep everyone informed and to assess the numbers of Maori entering the health workforce.

Scholarship applications

TRT would like to urge students to apply for scholarships to assist them meet the costs of their education and to alleviate some of the financial burdens they face.

The Ministry of Health Hauora Maori Scholarships 2009 will soon be available for those students studying a health-related topic at an education institute. The scholarships are is to assist students who are undertaking or completing a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)-accredited course in health and disability studies, in order to build Maori workforce capacity in the sector. To be eligible for one of these scholarships, applicants must be:

* enrolled and attending a university, polytechnic, wananga or college of education;

* studying a health-related, NZQA-accredited course, of at least 12 weeks' duration;

* can demonstrate a commitment to and/or competence in, Maori health and well-being studies; and

* has whakapapa and/or cultural links with te ao Maori or Maori communities.

Check the Ministry of Health website (www. moh.govt.nz) for details about the scholarships. Applications forms can be downloaded from: http://www.maorihealth.govt.nz/moh.nsf/ indexma/hauora-maori-scholarships, with a closing date of April 11. Scholarships are also offered by the Maori Education Trust, district health boards, local iwi and tertiary institutions. Eligibility criteria, conditions and assessment procedures vary between organisations, so it is important students find the right scholarships for them. Some tips for applying are:

* Research the history of the scholarship and the philosophy of the organisation.

* Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria/restrictions before applying.

* Provide all the relevant evidence and only include documents that have been requested. Photocopies may need to be verified by a Justice of the Peace.

* Make sure the application is well presented, all questions are answered and instructions on the application are followed.

* Ensure all information provided is accurate.

* Submit applications well before the closing dates.

TRT delegates are able to assist students seeking advice about local scholarships and to connect students with their school's Maori liaison/support staff or their student associations. The increasing numbers of scholarships available online often have links to letters from former recipients, which are both informative and inspiring. An excellent resource is www. maorieducation.org.nz; click on te whariki matauranga. Several recipients are nursing students who did not allow financial worries to become barriers to their futures.

Student achievements in 2008

The feedback received so far on the numbers of students who have passed state finals has been encouraging. A special mention goes to our immediate past chair Tania Hooper and immediate past vice-chair Pari Tautari who have completed their studies. They continue to motivate and inspire us all. TRT delegate for the Southern Institute of Technology, Kody Young, was awarded the Southland Hospital outstanding achievement award in December. TRT congratulates you all. We are confident the nursing profession and the health of the nation are in capable hands. The future for tauira Maori looks bright indeed.

To join NZNO, become a TRT delegate or update your personal details, contact Sharon Joe on sharonj@nzno.org.nz, Pauta King on jax@infogen.net.nz, or free phone 0800 28 38 48.
Ko te pae tawhiti, whaia kia tata,
   Ko te pae tata, whakamaua kia tina
   Haumie hui e taiki e.

   Seek out those distant horizons and
   bring them closer to you. Reach for
   your dreams and cherish those
   you attain on your journey.
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