Te Mana Hauora O Te Tairawhiti
25 May 2016
Gina Chaffey-Aupouri is a remarkable Māori nurse, based in Ruatoria, providing care across the East Coast. Recently she won the Services to Māori Nursing Award at the annual Nurses and Midwives of Tairāwhiti (NAMOT) Awards Evening.
Currently working for Ngati Porou Hauora as a Rural Health Nurse in Primary Care, Gina has dedicated 39 years to nursing. Her career began in Te Puia Springs Hospital as a hospital aide, then as an enrolled nurse in Napier before she completed her training as a Registered Nurse in Wellington.
Over the past 39 years Gina’s commitment to the health of our district has been displayed again and again. Gina was the first smoke cessation quit coach for Ngati Porou Hauora as well as a health promoter for immunisation, cervical screening, well child and sexual health.
Gina was taught Māori customs, values and tikanga from a very young age, and utilises Te reo when she can. She is a champion for giving people the opportunity to make decisions about their care, participating in their own health and protecting their rights to receive culturally safe care.
Leadership comes naturally to Gina, it’s just another of her many skills which when combined with her passion for health, has led to improved health outcomes for the East Coast community. Gina often works on inter-Marae activities to engage with whānau, hapu and iwi about healthy active lifestyles. She has a wonderful rapport with the community and often attends to whānau in their community, Marae, school, preschool, health centre or in their own home, whichever is appropriate for the person involved.
In addition to her work in health, Gina is also a very well regarded member of her community, participating in walks for life, love life days, Nati 4 life, children’s day and Te Puawatangi Christmas in the park. Gina is also actively involved in the Māori Women’s Welfare League at a local and national level.
Gina is another fantastic example of the brilliant nurses working within our district. She has inspired and helped so many people during her career, and is actively making a difference to the health of the East Coast. There is no doubt that Gina is a very deserving recipient of the NAMOT Services to Māori Nursing Award.