Noho Marae and Community Experiences

With support from the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network (NZRGPN) there have been a number of opportunities to showcase the many rewarding and unique opportunities of working in rural areas in a health or wellbeing discipline. During these events tertiary students and local rangatahi are given exposure to traditional Māori health and wellbeing perspectives and techniques to enrich their own understanding and appreciation of Rongoā Māori. There are also opportunities to visit the local practices, hospitals, kura, and, of course, see the incredible natural beauty of the areas on show.

Health and wellbeing students studying is all disciplines are welcome to participate as well as those from different training providers, backgrounds and areas.  The aim of these opportunities is to help them get an understanding of how they can interact with and better serve with rural communities (particularly iwi) and show them how rewarding and empowering this is.


Ngā mihi maioha rawa ake ki a koutou, mō tōu awhiawhi i a mātou. Arā ko te manu e kai ana te Miro, nōna te ngāhere, ko te manu e kai ana te mātauranga nōna te Ao.

Greatest of acknowledgements to you for supporting our journey. The bird who eats the Miro berry, theirs is the forest, but the bird who seeks knowledge, theirs is the world.

Tokomaru Akau – April 2019

A group of 25 health and wellbeing students from across the motu experienced firsthand the tremendous manākitanga and strength which lies within the people and area of Ngāti Porou over three days in April 2019.

Ngā Whā – September 2019

University of Auckland Faculty of Health students spent three days on a marae near Ngā Whā in September 2019.

Puketeraki Marae, Waikato – Nov 2020

Students undertaking a rural schools tour of the western Waikato were welcomed with open arms by the community in Raglan where they were given the privledge to stay with local iwi.

Ngā Whā – November 2020

Nearly 30 students participated in another noho marae at Ngā Whā in November 2020

Mōhaka – April 2021

Nearly 20 students from the University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences attended a three day hui at Waipapa-a-iwi Mohaka Marae in Hawkes Bay.

Takahanga Marae, Kaikoura – June 2021

A group of students from various training providers and from both islands attended a three day noho marae in one of the most mazing parts of the country – Kaikoura.  They heard the stories of the local people and came away with valuable insights and inspiration to help them on their own journeys working with and for Māori and rural communities.