Grace Tairua

Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui

Grace Tairua is a wife and mother of four girls and is in her second year at Wintec studying for a Bachelor of Nursing. She decided to pursue nursing after various experiences she had within the healthcare system in New Zealand.

Grace grew up witnessing her mother constantly suffering from health problems and then spending the first year of her second child's life in and out of the hospital. During this time, she saw firsthand the vital role nurses play within the community and decided to acquire the skills needed to contribute to the community through the healthcare system.

Throughout her studies, Grace has been part of the Tihei Mauri Ora stream, which focuses on improving Māori health outcomes in the community using Māori customs and protocols. The Tihei Mauri Ora stream provides additional support through a manaaki care model contextualised within Māori culture.

Grace believes it is important to have Māori Healthcare Professionals caring for Māori and have pathways encouraging more Māori to pursue nursing. In her future career, she plans to work alongside Māori families and advocate for their health and well-being. She also hopes to support children and be a health advocate for tamariki.

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