Maori women at the helm.
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|Publication:||Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032|
|Issue:||Date: Sept, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 8|
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|Organization:||Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation|
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The new National Student Unit (NSU) leaders are both Maori and
women--a milestone for the student body.
Chair Marieann Mohi, a second-year student at the Manukau Institute of Technology, has a passion for leadership. Even during her foundational studies, she was the class representative, is currently on the student executive board for the nursing school and, within the school, is part of the programme committee. "I take on these roles because I like to question policy issues and I am happy to be the voice for others," Mohi said.
Mohi is the oldest of seven children. Her whakapapa includes Kahungunu on her father's side and Tainui on her mother's. She is a sole parent to a daughter of four. "Fortunately, I have a very supportive group of friends and family, so my daughter is well cared for.
"For me, study is part and parcel of my leadership roles. I am excited about becoming NSU chair and I am also really enjoying my studies, particularly orthopaedics. I really enjoy the caring side of nursing, being an advocate for vulnerable people."
Mohi originally planned to be a midwife but gaining a nursing scholarship through her local primary health organisation in south Auckland and Counties Manukau District Health Board saw her change direction and find new interests.
She is thrilled two Maori students are now holding the NSU leadership roles, but wants to encourage students from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds to consider becoming student delegates. "We have a large Asian and Indian nursing population in Auckland. I would love to see their voices coming through."
Kim Tipene relates to Ngati Hine and Ngaitamahaua hapu. She is a single mother of two in her second year of nursing at the Southern Institute of Technology. Her journey to nursing began in 2008 when she completed the preentry to nursing certificate.
"Having my children is what inspired me to become a nurse. I wanted to be able to provide stability for my children and lead by example so they succeed in their life journey.
"Finding a balance between children, study and time for myself is not easy. I have not yet decided to specialise in any one particular area of nursing as I enjoy each clinical placement I go to. However I am interested in paediatrics and Maori mental health.
Attending Te Runanga hui is what sparked her interest in a leadership role. "I respect the bi-cultural relationship between NSU and Te Runanga Tauira and will continue to uphold this, working as one, as many hands make light work--'Ma pango, ma whero, ka oti te mahi'."
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