Why is Health important to Māori?
The health sector is an important employment area for Māori for many reasons:
- First, Māori cultural values embody health and well being. Cultural values like manākitanga and rangatiratanga dictate health careers as an obvious choice as they’re roles to do with care and determination of that care;
- Second, health is a significant area for Māori employment as it is developing rapidly, with different sectors opening up regularly, including many different disciplines and opportunities.
- Third, Māori are a group that need support and attention to improve their health.
As a people, Māori have a higher percentage with ongoing health issues like: smoking, obesity, diabetes etc. Māori health professionals are essential for progress to be made. Māori culture and people need support, and health careers are an opportunity to tautoko that need. Māori leadership in health is part of the future of Aotearoa.
The links above provide Māori with more information about education, training, scholarship and job opportunities available from MidCentral DHB and wider.
Ko wai o Hohepa
Ko Ngatokimatawhaurua te waka
Ko Ngapuhi te iwi
Ko Whatatiri me Manaia ngā maunga
Ko Takahiwai, raua ko Maungarongo te marae
Ko Joy Panoho toku mama
Ko Ralph Stablein toku papa
Ko Hohepa Stablein taku ingoa
My name is Hohepa Stablein and I have finished my final year at St Peter’s College in Palmerston North as senior council member, house leader, and most importantly Kaea. Whangarei is my Turangawaewae, but I was born in Dunedin and have lived most of my life in Palmy. I’ve had a lot of exposure to the health sector and it has been my dream to become a doctor for the last few years. For me, it is the perfect coming together of my scientific interest, and my cultural values.
I created the Rangatahi Hauora content for MidCentral DHB as part of the Kia Ora Hauora team to encourage and support rangatahi in studying for health careers. It is meant as a guide and a tool, with support information - so don’t hesitate to utilise it! There is a place for you, all you have to do is step up and take that place.
Tihei Mauri Ora!