Matariki moves to Parliament.
Subject: Trade and professional associations (Rites, ceremonies and celebrations)
Pub Date: 05/01/2011
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: May, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 4
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns 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: 257674912
Full Text: This year's NZNO celebration of Matariki (the Maori New Year) will be held in Parliament's Grand Hall on June 22. The event will be hosted by Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia and will feature a panel of experts talking about their vision for an equitable society.

NZNO and Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO have celebrated Matariki since 2004 and it has become an important part of NZNO's organisational culture. According to Te Runanga kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku, the success of the combined Matariki celebration and centenary book launch last year was the spur for NZNO to take the celebration even further this year. "As we think about Matariki, reviewing our achievements and acknowledging our challenges, we must all gather our energy for the path ahead. We know we need to work hard to achieve NZNO's strategic aims. One of those aims is to oppose injustice and inequality wherever it impacts on the health and well-being of New Zealanders. This year we'll be taking that take to Parliament."

An increasingly important national celebration, Matariki was a time to remember those who had gone before us, a time to reflect and a time to look forward into the future with hope for a good year, Nuku said. "It's a time for us to focus on our shared journey towards the health and well-being of all New Zealanders; me haeretahi tatou mo te hauora me te oranga o nga iwi katoa o Aotearoa. And it's a time for us to reaffirm our common goal of advocating for better services to improve holistic whanau ora services for our communities."

This year, NZNO governance groups, staff and members will be joined by key health decision makers and practitioners - NZNO's wider health whanau. "We want to encourage them to walk with us toward equity and health. Waiho i te toipoto kaua I te toiroa; Let us keep close together, not wide apart is a whakatauki that reminds us of the importance of working together toward common goals and embracing our wider health whanau. This year's Matariki celebration is sure to bring us closer to this goal and is a great opportunity to raise the profile of nursing and health professionals, to network and to influence decision makers in the health sector and funding arenas," Nuku said.

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