New student leaders.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nursing students (Appointments, resignations and dismissals)
Nursing students (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Pub Date: 10/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Oct, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 9
Topic: Event Code: 140 Parent-to-subsidiary activities; 540 Executive changes & profiles; 130 Subsidiary-to-parent activities
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation; New Zealand Nurses Organisation; New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Persons: Named Person: Teepa-Hiraoka, Katarina; Flutey, Matthew
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 241179366

Two second-year students--Matthew Flutey from Southland Institute of Technology and Katarina Teepa-Hiraoka from Canterbury Polytechnic Institute of Technology (above)--are the new leaders of the National Student Unit (NSU) and Te Runanga Tauira (TRT) respectively.

Flutey, from Bluff, said his main goals were to increase NSU membership, increase awareness among students of what NSU could offer and ensure a NSU representative from each of the country's 17 nursing schools. The annual student survey showed bullying and lack of tutor contact were continuing issues and he wanted to address these with the schools.

Flutey said he was proud to be a man leading the NSU and he was keen to increase the number of men entering the profession and to make males more visible within the profession.

Teepa-Hiraoka, of Ngati Porou descent, said NSU/TRT was a true bicultural partnership which offered students support and an avenue for political analysis within nursing. She is keen to promote the visibility of Maori students, to encourage more Maori into the profession and to offer them support through NSU/TRT.

Both new student leaders are loving their nursing studies and regret they didn't begin them earlier. Flutey did a hospitality degree immediately after school and is sorry he didn't go straight into nursing. Teepa-Hiraoka originally spurned nursing as her mother was a nurse. But after ten years overseas, including stints in the United States, Kenya and Japan, she returned, realising nursing was what she wanted to do.

The vice chairs of both NSU and TRT are both second-year students in the Maori nursing degree being run in Auckland through Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Eleanor Erihe (NSU) and Pirihira Puata (TRT).
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