Introducing: Kia Ora Hauora

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Regions onto recruiting for Kia Ora Hauora

Kia Ora Hauora was launched at Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae in March and since then mobilising has swung into action regionally to attract new Maori health workforce recruits into a health career.

The national Maori health workforce development programme is designed to get 1,000 recruits into the Maori health workforce by 2012 says Bernard Te Paa, General Manager of Maori Health at Counties Manukau District Health Board. Kia Ora Hauora aims to improve the uptake and achievement levels of Maori secondary school science students, as well as enhance the recruitment and retention of Maori tertiary students studying in health.

Counties Manukau DHB, along with Maori workforce development organisation Te Rau Matatini, leads Kia Ora Hauora through the National Co-ordination Centre which in turn is working closely with four Regional Co-ordination Hubs.

Te Rau Matatini CEO, Kirsty Maxwell-Crawford says the regional hubs have been working hard to establish their priority areas aligned to local needs and that compliment existing regional recruitment and career promotion strategies. It is a privilege for Te Rau Matatini to support the regions in this way and a great opportunity for Te Rau Matatini to see how we can add value as a national organisation.

In Te Ika-a-Maui these hubs are based in Waitemata, Lakes and Capital & Coast DHBs, while in Te Waipounamu, consultancy Mokowhiti has recently joined the Kia Ora Hauora team as the southern regional coordinator.

Mokowhiti ran the highly successful health recruitment programme A Career in Maori Health: Its No Drama. Mokowhiti director, Cazna Luke says she and fellow director Lee Luke are really excited about being part of a national programme.

Not only do we get the chance to build on the health work force programme weve done in schools in the South Island, we also get to join a national programme and work with others in a national context. Were also excited by the chance to work in other sectors, like Maori in tertiary study and Maori in the community, she says.

Those at the launch of Kia Ora Hauora at Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae enjoyed a guided tour of the Kia Ora Hauora website, which features career planning support, health career information, a scholarship database and M?ori health professionals talking about their jobs, as well as tips on study and what to expect on a tertiary campus.

Kia Ora Hauora is also now collecting fans on Facebook and regularly alerting these fans to scholarship availability and deadlines.

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