Wed 11 Jul 2018

Students get a drop of culture

WITT nursing students studying a three year Bachelor of Nursing degree have visited the Parihaka settlement.

Tutor Tara Malone explained that earlier in the semester all nursing cohorts came together during the cultural week to learn and experience Māori tikanga and traditions and to give them a better understanding of the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi.

This learning thread is continued across the three years of the course.

The students, from a range of cultural backgrounds, undertake their learning in a variety of environments and the visit to Parihaka was experiential learning, giving many their first opportunity to experience the values, beliefs and traditions of a marae, Tara said.

At the same time, they were learning a history of Taranaki that many were unaware of, including how colonisation has impacted on Maori. 


Picture: There were blue skies, and a kāhu (hawk) over Parihaka when the nursing students visited.