Toi Ohomai pinning ceremony marks growing success of Kia Ora Hauora
22/01/2020 10:41:55 a.m.

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Toi Ohomai pinning ceremony marks growing success of Kia Ora Hauora - Māori workforce programme

The 2020 Tuakana/Teina Pinning Ceremony for newly graduated Māori nurses from Toi Ohomai speaks to the growing success of the Kia Ora Hauora programme, designed to foster Māori students into health career pathways.


Friday’s ceremony to welcome the newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession saw 12 Kia Ora Hauora registered Māori nursing graduates honoured by Toi Ohomai at its Tangatarua Marae at the Rotorua campus.

Of the 12 Kia Ora Hauora graduates, seven (7) have been employed at Lakes District Health Board, with four (4) employed at Bay of Plenty DHB and one (1) to Waikato DHB.

Lianne Kohere, Pou Manukura Kia Ora Hauora Midland Programme Facilitator is responsible for the delivery of the Kia Ora Hauora programme across the five Midland DHBs (BOP, Hauora Tairāwhiti, Lakes, Taranaki and Waikato). The national Māori workforce programme has been going for 10 years.

Lianne says the numbers of Kia Ora Hauora registered nursing graduates accepted on to the Nurse Entry to Practice and Nurse Entry to Specialty Practice (NETP and NESP) programmes at Lakes DHB have increased to 60 per cent for this year’s intake. She says the increase in Māori nursing graduates from the Kia Ora Hauora programme is really encouraging, and is well positioned to help build an ‘army of Māori nurses’ in Aotearoa.

Lianne Kohere says the inequalities of Māori still remain high across all aspects of health. However she says the Kia Ora Hauora programme is playing a major role in helping to actively address these issues.

“Every time our Māori nursing graduates secure fulltime employment, I am reassured in the Kia Ora Hauora programme’s purpose,” she told the pinning ceremony.

The Kia Ora Hauora programme encourages and supports rangatahi and tauira into various health professions including nursing. The programme offers support through scholarship information, national nursing hui-a-tau, mentoring, and study-to-mahi workshops.

Lianne Kohere wished the new nurses all the very best with their future careers and postgrad studies. She also encouraged them to work towards leadership roles, adding this was a big area of need in the health workforce.