Whanaungatanga at NMIT Te Pūkenga inspires big change

Whanaungatanga at NMIT Te Pūkenga inspires big change

Alanis Strange, current Level 3 Certificate in Hairdressing ākonga, recently shaved her mother Maree’s gorgeous long, curly locks to support those with cancer.
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Astrid Jansens and Maree Strange embrace after the 'shave to support' event.

Maree Strange had been thinking about doing something like this for a while. When she discovered Astrid Jansens, a mother of a recent NMIT Te Pūkenga hairdressing graduate, cancer had returned, she decided to act.

Astrid is well known in the community, and she and Maree connected through their daughters who are studying the same programmes at NMIT.

Maree says she is a bit of a yogi and recognises that light comes from within. She was calm and peaceful on the day of the event, which took place in one of the private salon rooms at Nelson Campus.

“My dad passed away with cancer last year and I have been thinking about doing this for a while,” she says. “I asked myself, ‘how can I honour him? How can I honour Astrid?’.”

She thought about what she was most attached to.

“People always compliment me on my hair,” Maree says. So, she decided to part with it.

Together with hairdressing tutor, Shaylee Taylor, Maree dubbed the action ‘Shave to Support.’ Her daughter Alanis shaved her head while Astrid and Maree’s husband and son joined to watch.

A give-a-little page(external link) has been set up for Astrid.

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