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Newsletter May 2013 | Issue #8

The University of Auckland: Tuakana Scholarships for Māori and Pacific Students

The University of Otago: Māori and Pacific Island Entrance Scholarship

The Scholarships will be awarded to candidates who have paid the fees for full-time or part-time enrolment and who are in their final year of undergraduate degree study at The University of Auckland. The selection will also be based on students who have a minimum GPA of 4 (Baverage), and demonstrates participation in the Tuakana programme with a recommendation form the Tuakana co-ordinator in their area of study. Students also need to have the intention of pursuing a post-graduate degree.

The scholarships are awarded to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Māori and/or Pacific Island descent. Students need to be intending to enrol or are enrolled for full time study at The University of Otago for the first time, in the year following the closing date. Students also need to have at least NCEA Level 2 with a merit recommendation or equivalent.

Applications close on Sunday 30th June 2013

For more information, or to apply visit otago014653.html

Kia Ora Whānau!


t is the end of a short-lived holiday, and now we are back to hit the books! I bet all of you are excited to be back studying.

For all you tertiary students, we hope you feel well rested after your break, but now its crunch time. It is the last stretch before exam time, so we hope you are all using this time wisely to get those stellar grades.

Applications close on Thursday 15th August 2013.

For all you secondary students, a large portion of the year is already gone, so we hope all your internals and class work are coming along great. Remember, if you put the hard yards in now, it will pay off!

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Supporting Māori into Health

What does a midwife do?

Midwives provide care and support toward woman during their pregnancy, their labour, the birth of their child, and also after the birth of their child. They also advise the mother on information such as breastfeeding and good parenting.

Canterbury DHB: Māori Pacific Health Scholarship The scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in a Christchurch tertiary institution, although year 3 medical students intending to go to Christchurch for Year 4 and 5 will be considered. The student needs to be studying a NZQA accredited course which is health-related for a period of at least 12 weeks. Students are to have either whakapapa and cultural links with te ao Māori or Māori communities, or have genealogical and cultural links to the Pacific communities. Students must also be planning to work in the Canterbury district.

How do I get into it?

We have a KOH hoody to give away. All you need to do is check out the new video blogs on our website http:// email us at and let us know what your favourite thing about the new video blogs is and go in the draw to win.

Applications close on Friday 7th June 2013 For more information, or to apply visit

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To be a midwife, you need to complete a Bachelor of Midwifery. This degree is available to study at Otago Polytechnic, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Massey University, Waikato Institute of Technology and AUT University. This degree will take you three years to complete.

e have got something awesome for you whānau! KOH have released new video blogs from a student named Waimirirangi Koopu-Stone.

Why become a midwife?

There is a demand for Māori midwives; there are not enough Māori midwives to fulfil the demand from the Māori community. Midwives can also become teachers, work for a District Health Board, Māori health organisations or become self-employed. Midwifery is a career which is a highly rewarding field of work.

Waimirirangi is a first year tertiary student who is studying Hikitia Te Ora – Certificate in Health Science at The University of Auckland. Waimirirangi is originally from Hamilton where she attended Nga Taiatea Wharekura. Waimirirangi talks of her experiences in transitioning into tertiary studies as well as moving away from Hamilton to the ‘big city’. She is determined to work hard to achieve her goal of becoming a Māori Gynaecologist.

“I have the privilege of catching babies, which is a passion… If we weren’t here, I don’t think women would get the care that they actually deserve.”

You can follow Wai’s journey here: http://kiaorahauora.

- Leianne O’brien, Kai Tahu

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Central Region: Kia ora Central Region whānau!


entral Region’s KOH team made up of three university students and one Year 12 secondary student, have been visiting junior students in secondary schools from Masterton through to Palmerston North and ending in Hawkes Bay. They have been out and about to promote and encourage the selection of science as a subject as the first stepping stone on the pathway to a health career.

Northern Region: Get On Board Hospital Workplace Exposure Day

The KOH Central Region Junior roadshow started off with a hilarious patient journey DVD showing the journey to hospital of a young boy who had broken his leg after a fall from his skateboard. After the laughter had subsided, the end of the DVD resulted in a discussion with students about what health professions they had witnessed.


OH Northern Region had the pleasure of hosting some up and coming health workforce stars from across the Waitemata DHB region on Friday 12th April at our Get on Board Hospital Workplace Exposure Day at The Simulation Centre, Waitakere Hospital. Our inspiring health workforce stars kicked the day off. Captivating the students, they presented a personal account of a day in their shoes, answered questions from the floor, and our tauira were lucky to even have their very own guided tour around the labs with Aroha - one of very few Māori lab researchers in Aotearoa. The afternoon session, hosted by the wonderful Anne-Marie from the Simulation Centre, saw the students trying their hands at a variety of tasks in the specialised training ward at the Simulation Centre. Understanding what to do in an emergency, administering CPR, inserting needles, using a defibrulator and inserting a naso gastric tube were all tasks that the students participated and excelled in. The day was a huge success with all the students confirming their commitment to being on a health career pathway and determined to continue to work hard to gain the NCEA credits they need.

Midland Region: Future Māori Health Professionals gather together in Tauranga


n Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th April, the KOH Midland team took 40 students to the Te Rau Matatini Rangatahi Symposium held in Tauranga. The students from Rotorua Lakes High School, Western Heights High School, Nga Taiatea Wharekura, Hamilton Girls High School, Tai Wananga, Taumarunui High School, Bethlehem College, Otumoetai College, Edgecumbe College and Tauranga Girls College were part of a group of Year 12 and 13 students from the Midland region. The symposium provided networking and leadership activities designed to expose students to current Māori health issues as well as create links with health professionals.

“We have learnt so much from this experience and it has been so awesome to meet students from other schools. I came away knowing a lot more about what I need to do to get ready for Uni” said Tiriana Anderson, a student from Nga Taiatea Wharekura in Hamilton. All Midland students that attended the event were able to complete health career plans with KOH. The plans are a new initiative to help students address any gaps in their learning and experience before they apply for tertiary study.

The second section of the roadshow had the KOH team presenting health careers as cool and fun with three hands on workstations. Amber-Lea Rerekura, a 5th year medical student at Otago University had an anatomy workstation, talking about the various body parts finishing in a ‘who can put all the parts back in right order’ competition. Moerangi Tamati, a registered nurse, now 3rd year medical student from Auckland University, had ‘Resus Annie’ a resuscitation dummy, showing students the first aid skill to resuscitating someone, ending in a competition of ‘who can do the most compressions’ and Kennedy Sarich the KOH team leader and 3rd Year med student from Otago Uni, hosted the tendon workstation, showing the very funny results of striking a student’s tendon with a tendon hammer. Each one of these workstations proved the hands on involvement of students and the approachable likeability of the KOH team gave the Juniors a ‘can do attitude’. “If they can be doctors - so can I!” A big shout out to Te Kura-a-iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano, Makoura College, Chanel College, Freyberg High School, Hato Paora College, Tararua College, Napier Boys High School, Hukarere Girls College & Karamu High School, who all participated in this exciting roadshow, and see you fullas for the KOH Senior roadshow!

Te Waipounamu: Christchurch Hospital Rangatahi Work Placement Programme


gā Ratonga Hauora Māori – Māori Health services at Christchurch Hospital hosted rangatahi from Linwood College, Avonside Girls, Cashmere High School and St Thomas of Canterbury and the Kia Ora Hauora team in May as part of the Christchurch Hospital Work Placement Programme which is designed to support and influence rangatahi into pursuing health career pathways. The work placement programme provides rangatahi with a “backstage pass” into areas within the Hospital where students are not normally allowed to go. The staff from Ngā Ratonga Hauora Māori hosted and supported the students throughout the week and took them into areas like the Emergency Department, Radiology, Physiotherapy, Dental, Laboratories, Oncology, Diabetes, Cardio Respiratory, Christchurch Women’s, Hyperbaric Chamber and Otago University Science to name a few. The feedback from the students was positive with one student saying “The program was very interesting and helpful with me deciding which career to go into. Everyone was really lovely and I had a great time.” Kia Ora Hauora would like to do a massive shout out to all the Doctors, Nurses, Specialists, technicians and kaimahi who took the time out of their already busy schedules to inspire, share and motivate our rangatahi this could not have been possible without your support and energy into help making the Rangatahi Work Experience programme a success!!! Kā mihi kau atu ki a koutou, e tautoko ana i te kaupapa nei. E kore e mutu ngā mihi!