Te Rauhinga Pikia (she/her)

Hospital Aide Birthing Suits

"The rangatahi group makes me feel like family and at home and I have never felt like that in any workplace before"

A brief mihi about yourself

Whaia Te it kahurangi ki Te tuohu koe me maunga teitei 

Ko pirongia Te maunga
Ko Waikato Te awa
Ko Tainui Te Waka 
Ko ngatikairo toku iwi 
Ko waipapa toku whare 
No kawhia Te whenua 
Ko Te Rauhinga Ahau 

Kia ora koutou katoa, 

I was born in Invercargill Southland Hospital, as my whanau are all from there. I moved to Christchurch in 2013 by myself, it was hard at first being away from the whānau but it didn't take me long to adjust and settle in here. Christchurch Ōtautahi is my home now. I come from a big family of 4 other siblings and 70+ cousins on my dad's side. He was 1 of 6 sisters and I have the best partner who's loving, caring and ambitious. 

Growing up what did you want to do for a job and did you ever see yourself working at Te Whatu Ora?

Growing up I've always wanted to help people because I've had my fair share of battles in my life and I can empathize with others real well. Which is why I want to be a nurse so I can make use of my qualities in helping people. I did beauty therapy because I loved being able to make someone feel good about themselves, giving them self confidence, and for them to really feel good under their skin. 

I never really saw myself working for Te Whatu Ora, mainly because I didn't have the confidence to study when I was younger, however I studied beauty therapy and I gained a lot of confidence within myself, and feel like now I can do anything. 

What was your journey of getting to work at Te Whatu Ora?

On my journey in getting to Te Whatu Ora I studied a diploma in beauty therapy where I found learning about the skin was very fascinating/ being able to learn all the different skin types and conditions and disorders. Giving my clients the right skin care routine/advice I really loved because I got to help people improve in where they lack confidence in their skin. Also another one of my favorites was getting to learn Anatomy and Physiology and all the different systems of the human body. 
Getting close the end of the year I was feeling really good in my marks and all of what I've achieved. Learning anatomy of the human body and everything else I learnt had lead me to nursing and I thought I could do anything. 

What attracted you to work at Te Whatu Ora?

What attracted me about working for Te Whatu Ora is that I want to go onto a bachelor of nursing next year and working in the hospital right now is helping me gain confidence in getting around the place and learning the system of the hospital. Everyday I'm excited about work because there's so much I can learn and take from my experience. I'm a huge believer in learning more on the job than to learning in a classroom environment. 

What's something you love about being part of Te Whatu Ora?

I love being able to be part of the rangatahi and giving a fresh perspective for Māori/Pasifika working for Te Whatu Ora. I really love that especially because there isn't enough of us working there or in health care. 

What do you love about living and working in Ōtautahi?

I love living in Ōtautahi because of all the adventures I get to go on with my partner. We love too travel when we can and go away for a couple of days on the odd occasion either the west coast, or nelson to see some of his family, Hamner Springs, Kaikoura pretty much anywhere where we can relax and unwind from our busy lives. We love the outdoors and going on the odd bush walk, or even going for a swim in the Moana. There's so many amazing opportunities here, and lots to do.  I feel incredibly lucky to live here in Christchurch especially surrounded by my loving partner, the best friends I could ever ask for, and my amazing brother and sister in law and my two amazing nephews Charlie and Lachlan which I feel bless being able to still have some whanau here too. 

What advice do you have for someone contemplating a career at Te Whatu Ora?

I would absolutely recommend Te Whatu Ora to anyone who shows interest in working in health care because there's so much to learn and take on and there's lots of support around them in a work place. The rangatahi group makes me feel like family and at home and I have never felt like that in any workplace before.

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