The Niho Taniwha is a Kaimahi Ora design that has been chosen to give a pictorial view of the Maori health workforce action framework for MidCentral DHB.
This design represents focus, achievement and having the strength and resilience to take decisive action toward our goals.
Our design is linked to a range of strategies aligned to local, regional and national activities, namely: He Korowai Oranga, Whakataataka, Oranga Pumau' the MidCentral DHB's Māori Health Action Plan, and Tu Ora' regional Māori Health Action Plan.
The six action areas of the framework are:
- Te Whatukura a Rehua (Self care)
- Te Whatukura a Ruatau (Identity)
- Te Whatukura a Paoa (Mentor)
- Kahukura (Recruitment)
- Manukura (Education pathway)
- Raukura (Work and placement experience)
The six mangopare designs depict the inter-linking of workforce development activities and the need to progress each of them while leveraging the synergies available. If one area is underdeveloped the overarching goal becomes difficult to achieve, so we need to approach the strategy in each of the areas in a holistic manner.
Overarching these activity areas are the community dreams and aspirations of people and underpinning the framework is the principal of growing leadership in our current and future workforce.
A primary goal is to support opening up options for rangatahi and we are keen to work alongside communities, schools (Māori, and general stream education units) kainga, marae, hapū and iwi environment to promote health as a career pathway with the assistance of all Government funded systems to support Māori who wish to enter into health as a viable career for their future.
This action framework will assist us to focus greater energy into taking action and also supporting actions that enhance the depth and scope of Māori workforce development in the region.