Our Events

Check out our Facebook page to stay notified of dates for these annual events.


Freshers: Grassroots Rural Olympics

Our Grassroots Social Reps attend orientation events for both second year Medical and Pharmacy students at the beginning of Semester 1 to put on the annual Grassroots Rural Olympics!  This involved challenges with a rural flavour (i.e gumboots and lots of mud) and was a great opportunity to show these students what Grassroots is all about.

Goodfellow Symposium

At the start of the year, Grassroots were stoked to be able to organise for 14 medical students to attend the prestigious Goodfellow Symposium over the weekend of March 24-25th at the Vodafone Events centre.
This was a great opportunity for Auckland medical students from across all the cohorts learn about a variety of topics and gain an appreciation for what a future in General Practise may look like. A huge thank you to Professor Bruce Arroll for making this opportunity possible for the students.

Goodfellow Symposium.JPG

National Rural Health Conference

Early each year, a group of students attend the National Rural Health Conference in Auckland in early April with Grassroots.  In 2018, 24 students over the 2 days of presentations students were able to gain a better understanding of the different roles and experiences which Rural Health offers. Furthermore these and other students were also lucky enough to be able to participate in a suicide prevention workshop, put on by Bayer and Annette Beautrais. This was a great opportunity to learn relevant and valuable skills for future practise.
Rural Health Conference

Northland Rural Roadie

A group of 9 Grassroots members were welcomed to Te Tai Tokerau – the centre of the universe with open arms by the wonderful people in these amazing communities of Northland. Friday involved a beautiful drive to Rawene where Dr Steve showed us the great service they provide there. We were welcomed onto Pakanae marae who kindly hosted us for the night and enjoyed some awesome spicy cheese lasagne and great company over dinner at Steve’s marvellous home. On Saturday the ferry across the lovely Hokianga harbour was an exciting start to our trip up to Kaitaia where the staff and Dr Sarah welcomed us, put on a delicious hangi and we had some learning sessions about ultrasound, emergency and rural health care skills and suturing. Dinner was fish and chips on the beach at sunset before a night staying at the hospital. Sunday we had a relaxing dip at Ngawha springs and met the people at Broadway health in Kaikohe. What an inspiring weekend for students to see the people championing health care in these truly rural communities rich in Māori culture and situated is one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. Ngā mihi to everyone in the North and Don (Grassroots VP) for an Oaarsome trip!!


Grassroots Waikato Nursing Trip

11 enthusiastic Nursing students spent a weekend getting a sense of rural life as a nurse in Morrinsville, with a Marae clinic visit and rural themed challenge before being welcomed onto Rukumoana Marae with a powhiri to stay there.
Day 2 consisted of a farm visit before heading to Waikato Hospital where they learnt how to NG tube and talked to some awesome rural nurses from the surrounding area. Mihi nui to Samantha the nursing rep and all those who helped her organise such a great trip.

Grassroots Coromandel Trip

A group of 20 students had a fantastic weekend exploring what rural health looks like in the stunning Coromandel. Students had enlightening presentations from the CE of the Hauraki PHO, a local Dr and the nurse manager at the Thames hospital as well as a tour. From there it was off to Hot Water beach for the night where the evening involved a relaxing dip in the natural hot water on the picturesque beach, a hearty BBQ some jams on the guitar and quality banter.
Sunday the group made the windy drive up to Coleville where the local GP Dr Kate as well as nursing and St Johns staff put on an incredible afternoon of skills sessions including fish hook removal and inspiring conversation about the challenges and rewards of serving this isolated community. The weekend was finished with a tour of the homely GP practice and a very scenic drive back to the big smoke. Thank you to all the locals and Wendy from the NZIRH for an incredible weekend.


Grassroots Welfare Week

Get talking with Grassroots!  Rural New Zealand faces unique health challenges and mental health is a biggie. For Welfare Week we wanted to highlight these issues like the struggle with depression and suicide among New Zealand farmers and how isolation and reduced access affects the health and wellbeing of rural kiwis.  Every day of Grafton Welfare Week we shared recent news stories on our Facebook page, highlighting amazing initiatives which are tackling these issues head on. Students could tag their mates to win a double movie pass.

South Waikato Weekend

Grassroots had the privilege of taking 20 Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy and Medical students to Tokoroa for a true rural health experience. Students visited local NGOs such as Raukawa, SWPICs, medical centres, the ED and pharmacies to talk with the local people involved in supporting the health of the people in this beautiful part of New Zealand. Furthermore students got stuck into skills sessions and checked out the local attractions. A big thanks to everyone a part of this one!


PHAB – aka Provincial Hospitals Are Better

Students at Grafton campus as well as clinical students in regions around New Zealand tuned in online via live stream to hear what other students and doctors love most about working and learning in provincial hospitals.
This was a great opportunity for students to get a feel for the environment of a smaller hospital, the joy of making a difference in rural communities and the perks of a lifestyle living in some of the most beautiful parts of NZ. A big thank you to the doctors, students and Grassroots exec who made this such a success.

Rural Health Week – featuring Knees Up! and the Grassroots AGM

Grafton campus had an agricultural makeover for Rural Health week in Sem 2 2018, and a line up of amazing events to celebrate all things rural:
Monday night – the Rural Career Pathways Evening with talks from some inspiring Rural Health Professionals (and icecream).
Tuesday – the Health and Wellbeing Panel, an evening well spent having down to earth conversations about this years focus of rural health week whilst enjoying some Lewis Road Creamery goodies.
Wednesday was ‘Get Plastered’; a whole heap of fun doing plaster casts washed down with a bit of Kombucha.
Thursday – KNEES UP!!!  This years party highlight of our social calendar did not disappoint..
Friday – the week was finished off with a recovery sausage sizzle and the Grassroots AGM where the new exec was elected. A big thanks to the exec members who put in the mahi to make this week such a success.