Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann

“In the shade of the Pohutukawa Tree” – a personal journey through Nursing and Nursing Education

In this presentation, I will cover my experiences of navigating different worldviews of culture, caring, sexuality, identity and Pacific nursing and midwifery workforce. It will discuss how these issues are currently addressed in Nursing and midwifery education. It is based on over 34 years teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate nursing education. More importantly it is from a Pacific worldview specifically from Fa’a Samoa. It is about solutions. It’s about mana.  It’s showing Pacific midwives and nurses who have trained or are practicing in Western Palagi worldview – the way home.

Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann  came to live in New Zealand as a small boy and trained as a Psychiatric, General and Obstetric nurse. He later became an independent consultant on Pacific health issues and developed the Fonofale model of Pacific mental health, accepted by the Mental Health Commission of New Zealand as the standard for treating Pacific mental health. As an educator, Pulotu-Endemann rose to be associate-head of Manawatu Polytechnic’s Nursing and Health Studies. In 1990, he became one of the first two Pacifica Justice of the Peace in the Manawatu region.

In the 2001 New Year Honours, Pulotu-Endemann was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Public Health. He is also a sitting member of the CreativeNZ Pacific Arts Committee.  Pulotu-Endemann holds the title Fuimaono, given to an Ali’i or high chief of Western Samoa. Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann  is one of New Zealand’s best-known and most honoured fa’afafine.