Devi Ann Hall
“Kia ora koutou katoa,
Ko Ngaphui, Ngati Porou oku iwi
Ko Devi Ann Hall ahau
Ko Nurse Leader for Te Kaahui Ora
Maaori Health CMDHB.
My role came from a background of Manaakitanga. Caring for people. I was not the sort of person to travel overseas on my own. I preferred to travel in the company of Whaanau or good friends. To remember the good times or the bad with the people I love or were close to me.
In my clinical role as a District Nurse, caring for the terminally ill was a privilege. To give the best of not only my clinical skills but to provide wairuatanga (Spiritual well being) and to awhi (provide support). Hence my love of people.”
Our Brother George
Mum pointed out the article and you laughed. ‘I do not have motor neurone disease!’ Unfortunately, Mum was right. You were given six months to get your life into order.
“Digital storytelling provided an opportunity for me to tell my story of my dear brother George, who passed away with Motor Neurone Disease.
When George was diagnosed, naturally it shook the whaanau. What it did initiate was the forward planning of preparing for George’s Tangihanga.
[You] ordered your mahogany coffin on line, white satin with a crossover Inlay, a decorative Maaori design in gold … you stored it in the shed covered with a thick blanket. You even laid in it to be sure you fitted comfortably.
It was a good send off.
Love you my brother.”