Collaborative Project with Massey University Dietetic Students
For the past 10 weeks we have had the pleasure of having the Massey Dietetic Masters Programme Students here on placement. The students have all been working on the Te Hotu Manawa Māori Fat and Sugar charts to give them a bit of aroha and revamp .
The innovative placement approach led by Jess has meant we had two students every two weeks working on a different aspect of the poster, from the literature review, to creating new models of fat, images, focus groups through to imagery and design. Jess has been leading the placement from our team. Here are some of the comments and thoughts from Jess and the students.
Here are some of their comments
“It was a fantastic eye-opening introduction to Maori culture and their views on food. THMM are doing amazing work in the field of public health, it was an honour to have the opportunity to work with them.”
“There is only so much you can learn from a class room and it wasn't till my brief couple of weeks with the team at Te Hotu I caught a glimpse of the scale of public health. I saw how it can assist in capturing such a large audience and that one message has the potential to influence positive change to a whole community, so it is important to get it right. It sparked a desire to learn more about Maori culture, indigenous cultures and how they co-exist in the culture of New Zealand today. Ka mau te wehi.”
“My two weeks at Te Hotu Manawa Maori was an absolutely invaluable experience. Not only was I privileged to experience the challenges of developing a nutrition resource but I also developed a better understanding of Maori culture. I learnt about the history of Kai as well a little bit of Te Reo which are both things I will be able to use in my practice as a dietitian. I was also privileged to get to be part of a focus group with road workers at KFC in Takapuna. This was an invaluable experience as it taught me the importance of tailoring questions to the members of the focus group as well as good communication skills. To top it off, the team at Te Hotu were so amazing and instantly made us feel like part of their whanau. I thoroughly enjoyed my two week public health placement with Te Hotu Manawa Maori. “
"I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks at Te Hotu Manawa Māori. The tasks for the week were to develop the first draft of the fat and sugar resource charts. Georgia and I used feedback from three focus groups to redevelop the resource and produced drafts that included a traffic light system to categorise health and less healthy foods.
Also, Georgia and I were lucky to have the opportunity to accompany Jess and Mason on a nutrition and physical activity course at Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp in Thames. This was a lot of fun - we experienced many new things, such as ki-o-rahi and ti rakau games, and enjoyed talking with the Year 12 and 13 students and other public health professionals.
The team at THMM were so welcoming that I felt at ease almost instantly. I enjoyed the environment we worked in, where it was friendly and relaxed but professional. I liked listening to the team speaking Te Reo, and picked up a few words that I now use in my everyday language.
Thank you all very much for having us and teaching us so much."
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Te Hotu Manawa Maori, as well as time spent at handover meetings hearing about the progress of our class’s project; seeing it moving in a fantastic innovative direction and seeing it all come alive and cohesive in the end. The team at Te Hotu were so friendly and welcoming; it made for such a great environment to learn about Maori culture. It was also an excellent chance to apply the theoretical public health concepts I had learned in class to real life practice, and for me, I found this essential to my understanding. It was also really gratifying to work on such a practical project and to know the difference the work we were doing could make in promoting health and nutrition."
THMM look forward to progressing the work that the students led with the fat and sugar charts and will communicate out when the resources are complete .