Nursing students blitz Māori and Pasifika awards

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15 Dec 2017

The Pasifika Supreme Award winner, for commitment to academic excellence, service to their communities and leadership, was third year Bachelor of Nursing student Philomena Petaia.

“Philomena is a conscientious, committed student who has consistently explored learning opportunites,” her tutors said. “She has a warm and engaging manner with everyone and receives consistently positive feedback from the clinical agencies that she works with, in particular from Ngā Pūkenga Atawhai (Te Korowai Atawhai /Māori Mental Health Service).  

“In Philomena’s year three primary health care placement, she developed an education tool for health professionals about Samoan diet and lifestyle. In the future this may be used in all general practices in Christchurch. She also engaged with educating health professionals about Samoan culture and end of life care.

“Philomena is a proud Samoan woman who portrays her Pasifika culture in all her endeavours.  We know that she is actively engaged with her community in numerous activities including being part of the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Council, the National Secretary of the New Zealand Women’s Methodist Fellowship as well as being a member of a Pacific Women’s Union rugby team.

“We believe she will be a future nurse leader. She an exceptional student and exemplary young woman.”

Philomena Petaia (L) and Awhina Tapiata receive their awards

The Monte Ohia Supreme Award winner for commitment to Tikanga, Te Reo and community  was Bachelor of Nursing student Awhina Tapiata.

“Awhina has finished her three year Bachelor of Nursing degree and was profiled in The Press earlier this year for her strong interest in mental health nursing,” her tutors said.

“Awhina is an active student who has attended the monthly Māori Nursing Student Hui. She is also a student member of the Waitaha branch of Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi o Aotearoa, and over the course of her studies, Awhina has consistently supported her fellow students in a tuākana-teina style.

“This year, Awhina was an active member of the Planning Committee for the national Council of Māori Nurses annual conference - Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi o Aotearoa Hui-a-Tau - held in Ōtautahi in May, where she was a strong ambassador for Ara.

“Awhina is immersed in te ao Māori and is a fluent te reo speaker. She has shared her understanding within the student group and supported others less familiar with tikanga.

“Within the department, Awhina was the recipient of the Sasha McKnight cup due to her perseverance and commitment to study and overcoming adversity. Awhina meets challenges that come her way in a calm and dignified manner, and, subject to passing the Nursing Council State Final Examination, Awhina will commence work at CDHB in January as a registered nurse.

“We salute Awhina and will follow her career with interest as we are sure she will make a significant difference for all people that she engages with.”

Award winners:

- Pasifika Academic Achievement - Liberty Simpson (Samoan) - New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (L3)

- Maori Academic Achievement - Waru Halliday - Carpentry

- Maori Community Contribution - Kanisha Stevenson - New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

- Pasifika Academic Achievement - Navneet Narayan - New Zealand Certificate in Cookery L4

- Pasifika Community Contribution - Kuenita Langi - level 4 English

- Maori Academic Achievement - Tyler Wilson (Ngati Kirihika, Ngati Wehewehe, Ratana Marae) – Certificate in Cookery

- Maori Community Contribution - Lauren Morrison - Emerging Stylist

- Creative Industries – Pasifika - Feleti Poepoe Pasefea - Bachelor of Music Arts

- Creative Industries – Māori - Christine Hastie - Dip in Arts and Media

- Engineering & Architectural Studies – Māori - Lee Mei (Samoan/Maori) - Diploma in Interior Design (residential)

- Hospitality & Service Industries – Māori - Hamish Ainsley - New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) L5 Cookery Strand

- Humanities – Māori - Te Arohanui Edwards - Bachelor of Maori Language

- Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health – Māori - Alexis Manera - Bachelor of Social Work

- Business – Māori - Te Paea Noble - New Zealand Diploma in Business

- Science & Primary Industries – Māori - Melody Ngahooro - Bachelor of Applied Science

- Computing – Māori - Philip Spinks - Studying Information Systems