Story: South Pacific peoples

Solomon Islands nursing students

Solomon Islands nursing students

Rudgard Palapu (left) and Relmah and Humpress Harrington, pictured here in 2000, came to New Zealand on government scholarships. As trained nurses, they were to return home to help their people. On arrival in Wellington, they had also faced challenges, as Humpress Harrington explained: ‘I think we experienced culture shock in the environment … I didn’t even know how to stop the bus … even going up in lifts, we didn’t have lifts.’

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New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Reference: Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand (August 2000): 7.
Photograph by Anne Manchester

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Carl Walrond, 'South Pacific peoples - Island groups and recent migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 December 2018)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015