Fifth Biennial Wananga

Fifth Biennial Wananga held at Whakatu Marae, Nelson on 12th -14th  October 2016

Excellence in Māori Mental Health Nursing

Bringing the Gems of the Past into the Future


To download a copy of the 2016 report, please click here.





Fourth Biennial Wananga

Fourth Biennial Wananga was held at Makaurau Marae, Auckland, 12th – 14th November 2014

“Ki Te Ao Mārama-Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho”

“From the soles of the feet to the tip of the crown and everything in between.."


This theme was gifted to us by Whea Koromiko Richards, the meaning is as follows :
kua tupu ahau i te taha o Te Moana o kaipara ki Otakanini. Ka tu kaha mai ra ahau ki raro nei o nga manakitanga o oku nei tupuna. Ka mautia mai ta ratou nei tikanga i te ao. Penei mai te kaupapa o te hui nei " Te Ao Maramatanga - Nga mea tuku iho" (From the soles of your feet to the crown of your head and everything in between.

The purpose of the Waananga theme is to explore the body of indigenous mental health nursing knowledge under three themes: Te Ao Huri (Innovation), Te Ao Ora (Well Being), and Te Ao Kanapa (Inspiration).

Maori Nurses, Whanau, Kaumatua and Kuia practicing in mental health and additions have benefited from this Waananga by way of whakawhānaungatanga, Māori nursing best practice, whānau ora, Maori workforce retention strategies; professional development and supporting Maori provider development.


To download a copy of the 2014 Wananga report, please click here.


Third Biennial Wananga

He Tataikura Haumanu; He Tataikura Nanā

Third Biennial Wananga was held at Tangatarua Marae, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua  28th – 30th March 2012.

The Theme:  He Tataikura Haumanu; He Tataikura Nanā

     “ Gems within a Māori nurses reflections on Cultural and Clinical excellence”                            

Reflections of the past, present and future are important to Māori and the theme focussed on Māori Mental Health Nursing practice over the past 50 years.


Programme Brief

On Wednesday 28th March the wananga commenced with a pōwhiri, the handing over of Taranga from the Dunedin branch of the College and then Whakawhanaungatanga.  Following dinner Roopu Wawao took place, where invited manuhiri: Mere Hammond, Jamesina Kett, Moe Milne, Ron Baker, Bob Elliot  and Timoti George reflected on their dreams, aspirations, knowledge and experiences as Māori psychiatric/mental health nurses. and how these influenced their careers.  The names of Oakley, Carrington, Kingseat, Tokanui, Porirua, Ngawhetu and Sunnyside were mentioned during this item. MC’s for the evening, Maureen and John Emery added to the evening, dressed in the familiar male and female uniforms that were worn in the large institutions and utilised a nursing code book to humour  upon behaviour during the reflections.

Thursday 29th March the opening address for the wananga was made by Hineroa Hakiaha, Kaiwhakahaere, Māori Caucus, Te Ao Maramatanga. Then Cathy Cooney, CEO, Lakes DHB, welcomed all to the wananga and the wananga proper began with Keynote Speaker for the day, Moe Milne, Independent Consultant with a background in psychopaedic /psychiatric nursing and Māori Health Research.

A panel discussion on the Thursday afternoon discussed the question, “What is the role of mental health nursing in whanau ora?” Two groups; one of mental health nurses and the other non-nursing mental health practitioners, gave their respective perspectives on the question. The ensuing discussion and consensus appeared to be that it was not about fitting whanau ora into mental health nursing practice, but mental health nursing fitting into whanau ora.

Thursday evening a formal dinner was held for the inaugural Whetu Kanapa Awards. These awards are to honour Māori Mental Health Nurses, for their lifetime contributions to cultural and clinical excellence. The inaugural recipients were; Mere Hammond, Jamesina Kett, Ron Baker, Bob Elliot and Timoti George. Guest speaker for the evening was Te Ururoa Flavell, MP for Waiariki and Māori Party Whip. We were also fortunate in being entertained by the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao Kapa Haka, Regional winners to represent the Te Arawa rohe, for the Matatini Kapa Haka competition in 2013.

The final day,  Friday 30 March began with Keynote Speaker, Erina Ngati-Morrison Rotorua born and bred, and currently Associate Director of Nursing (Mental Health), at Waikato DHB. Two final presentations were made by Tio Sewell and Maria Baker, both Māori Caucus members. The wananga concluded with the stepping down of Māori Caucus members; Hineroa Hakiaha, Nani McCluskey, May Hart and Tio Sewell, and the welcome of the new Māori Caucus members; Patricia (Tish) Siaosi (Raukura Hauora o Tainui ) as Kaiwhakahaere; Pipi Barton (Waikato DHB), Jayne Tawhi-Amopiu (Capital & Coast DHB), Katrina Wahanui (Counties-Manukau DHB). They will sit alongside current Caucus members Maria Baker (Te Rau Matatini) and John Emery (Lakes DHB).



The overall presentation varied and included;

- collective health outcomes

- indigenous self-reflection 

- gifts of the past which support the present

- challenges of change in the new health environment

- equal partnership between culture and clinical

- recognising the skill, knowledge, leadership of the past to support the present

- career pathway to support the personal and professional development of Māori nurses

- reflecting on cultural upbringing and the influence in clinical practice

- development of best practice guidelines for the hauora placement of Māori nursing students

- professional development to practice effectively in Te Ao Māori and mainstream mental health.


Click the links below to download the presentations

Te Arawhata o Aorua – Bridging the tension of two worlds

Indigenou Auto-Ethnography: Self-side

He Tataikura Haumanu, He Tataikura Nanā