Rihipeti Te Atatu Magner (Ngāti Uekaha),  currently in her 2nd year of Nursing within the Tīhei Mauri Ora Stream at Wintec, is focusing her efforts on developing a fulfilling career as a Māori nurse. Te Atatu strives to have the capability to bring all the pieces together and support whānau to navigate and achieve their own wellness.

Prior to her studies at Wintec, Te Atatu worked as an Executive Assistant and studied a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. Unable to finish her last year, she realised her true passion lied in hauora. This blossomed from her experience with the Waikato Provincial Rugby side and National Waka Ama competitions. Te Atatu clearly loved learning and interacting in this particular space and this has resulted in her promising path to helping her people.

There is a uniqueness to the knowledge base that Māori nurses possess. The Te Ao Māori approach takes a collective stance and focuses on the individual and their whānau, rather than one person. This grows and maintains the important connection of Māori culture, beliefs, values, and principles with their nursing care. Te Atatu draws strength from her identity and these dimensions in the hope that she emerges as a Māori nurse with the strong qualities of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board will continue to recognise and support youth such as Te Atatu who look to increase the Māori nursing workforce and also the wellbeing of her iwi and people.

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