Ngā Karapu Tauira Hauora Taiwhenua

Rural Health
Student Clubs

Are you a rural health student studying in Aotearoa?

Want to make friends with likeminded students, attend events, and advocate for the benefit of all rural health students at your University?

Join one of the four rural health student clubs across the country!

These clubs are in the following four regions:

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Dunedin

These clubs aim to provide a support network for rural health students where you can find connections, support each other, attend social and academic events and advocate for the interests of all rural health students at your University.

Find a club in your area:

Affiliated with the University of Auckland for Nursing, Medicine, Optometry or Pharmacy students, Grassroots puts on awesome educational, sporting, and social events which showcase what rural life has to offer those in the health field and are not just geared towards rural students – everyone is encouraged to get a taste of what rural healthcare entails.


The Wellington Boot is affiliated with the Wellington Health Professional Students’ Association (WHPSA), which represents the interests of medical students, radiation therapy students, and physiotherapy students studying at the Wellington School of Medicine. Their work involves advocating for the rights and well-being of their members, as well as organising a range of social, academic and welfare events throughout the academic year.


Country Scrubs Rural Club is an undergraduate health science student club affiliated with the University of Otago in Christchurch who invite students from all health sectors and backgrounds to get involved with lots of social and educational events.


The Matagouri Club is an undergraduate health science student club affiliated with the University of Otago with a distinctly rural flavour. We involve all Dunedin based students from all health sectors and backgrounds (even you city dwellers) from not just the University but also the polytechnics to get involved and excited about rural health! Throughout the year there are many social and educational events.


SoRHA provide a diverse, representative voice for students interested in improving health and wellbeing outcomes for all rural communities. Their work involves engaging with schools, tertiary education institutions, rural communities, Māori communities, and the rural health workforce, to form important relationships for the benefit of current and future tertiary students.  They encourage students from all health backgrounds and levels, from all over Aotearoa, to join and assist them in their mahi within Hauora Taiwhenua with providing equitable health outcomes to rural communities by inspiring the next generation of health professionals.

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