“Nursing is such a great ticket to have. It just opens up so many doors all over the world - there’s such a variety of work places and jobs on offer.”
Kiri Hunter has had a varied, exciting and interesting career since gaining her Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing in 1993. Thanks to her nursing qualification, she worked all over Australia in a variety of roles including alongside the Royal Flying Doctor Service in remote rural communities around Cape York; as a resort nurse for the five-star Lizard Island Resort; and as nursing unit manager at Sydney’s St George Public Hospital – a major teaching trauma hospital. It was at St George that she was awarded a leadership award for leading changes to the medical model in the hospital’s High Dependency Unit.
Kiri moved to Nelson in 2008, and was a ward nurse in Nelson Hospital’s surgical unit before joining NMIT in 2011 as clinical educator and then nursing tutor.
“I’ve always loved nursing and interacting with people - nursing education is just a natural progression of that.”
Particularly interested in the development of a new nurse's professional identity through the socialisation process, Kiri's masters research explored the influence of registered nurse role models and the hidden curriculum in clinical practice.
Kiri is a member of the NMIT Kawa Whakaruruhau (cultural safety) Committee and National Council of Māori Nurses helping support Māori nursing students at NMIT, and is a competitive waka ama paddler with Whakatū Marae Ama Club who has won national and international titles.
Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne and Ngāti Maniapoto.
Qualifications: Registered Nurse, Master of Nursing (distinction), Graduate Certificates (Acute care/ Orthopaedic nursing), Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing, Diploma in Tertiary Learning and Teaching