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Māori nurses, 1943

Māori nurses, 1943

Four Māori nurses from the St John voluntary ambulance organisation attend the opening of Tawakeheimoa, the centennial memorial meeting house at Te Awahou marae in Rotorua, in April 1943. The earliest registered Māori nurse found so far, Mereana Tangata, registered in 1896. A number, including Akenehi Hei, were involved in a scheme to train Māori women in nursing around the turn of the 20th century.  Māori nurses became an important part of the district nursing scheme in rural areas.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
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Allison Kirkman, 'Health practitioners - Māori and Pacific health practitioners', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Allison Kirkman, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 23 Apr 2018