The number of Māori nurses increased today as students from the Waiariki institute of Technology graduate after completing their Bachelor of Nursing.
It's been a hard three years for these nursing graduates. Marie Ramsden-Horihori is supporting her daughter who is a graduate of the Bachelor of Nursing.
Jasmine Ramsden started working as a caregiver and saw that elderly were not given the care they deserved which is why she decided to study nursing.
Ramsden says, “My granddad has cancer so I just really wanted people to look after him how I wanted him to be looked after and so I looked after him for a little while.”
“Honourable day for our whānau. It's been a long time coming for Jazz. Lots of support from Mum, my parents everyone involved,” says Marie Ramsden-Horihori
Tara Kuiwai Horne follows in the footsteps of her mother and two sisters who are also nurses.
“I think it's really important to have our Māori come through to do nursing because I think no understands the needs of our people more than their own,” says Tara Kuiwai Horne.
Today, 129 nursing students graduated with degrees from the Waiariki Institute of Technology.