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Kia Ora Hauora proving successful for students

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The Kia Ora Hauora initiative is proving to be successful at guiding Maori youth through their studies in health and into the workforce in the MidCentral District.

MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) now have two staff members that have come through the Kia Ora Hauora programme, Siobhan Hennessy working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and Keita-Alix Harris who is in the Cardiology unit. Both Siobhan and Keita-Alix feel that Kia Ora Hauora has helped them get into their current roles at MDHB, and recommend that any Rangatahi (youth) who may be interested in a career in health should use Kia Ora Hauora to help guide and develop them as they go toward tertiary study.

MDHB’s Director of Maori Health and disability, Stephanie Turner says, “The Kia Ora Hauora programme is beneficial for students by providing guidance through the process of undertaking study and eventually gaining employment within the health sector. We are proud to see the success of Kia Ora Hauora with Siobhan and Keita-Alix joining our staff, it’s exactly what we want to see this programme achieve.”

Last year the MDHB Kia Ora Hauora champion Hohepa Stablein created a site on the MidCentral District Health Board website that contains information for the local Maori youth to help them see what career paths they may want to go down. Part of Hohepa’s vision is to also have videos of staff that can encourage and inspire youth, and these will be available shortly. Since leaving high school, Hohepa has gone on to study Health Science to begin his journey to becoming a doctor. The Rangitahi Hauora page can be found at

This year’s champion Kararaina Te Puni, a student from Palmerston North Girl’s High School, is developing a database to capture all of MidCentral DHB’s Kia Ora Hauora registered Rangatahi.

Kia Ora Hauora is a national initiative to increase the number of Maori working in the health and disability sector. This initiative helps students know what type of careers are available and what they need to achieve to work in that career.

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