TE REO MAORI IS IMPERATIVE FOR RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN AOTEAROA. HE TAONGA TE REO. KŌREROTIA! TUHIA!
Bridget Robson, Director Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago, Wellington.
Reference: Robson, B. (2016). Editorial: Te reo Māori is imperative for research and practice in Aotearoa. He Taonga Te Reo. Kōrerotia ! Tuhia! Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 32(3), 5-6.
Nursing has a proud heritage in Aotearoa. The country continues to benefit from Irihapeti Ramsden’s conceptualisation of cultural safety, and its incorporation into nursing requirements by the Council; the establishment of Te Kaunihera o Ngā Neehi Māori o Aotearoa, the National Council of Māori Nurses; the development of Māori nurse training programmes addressing the under-representation of Māori in the nursing workforce; the commitment of nurses to working with Māori communities in whānau ora services. These are all examples of praxis – putting the principles of Te Tiriti into practice. Te reo Māori (Māori language) is central to the governance, provision and development of health care and health research from a Māori worldview.