Nurturing and Growing the Maori Workforce
Waitematā is proud to offer support, education and learning opportunities designed with, for and by Māori health workers. This is an important part of a bigger plan to employ a workforce that reflects the cultural diversity of the population served by Waitematā, to provide best care for everyone.
Some of the opportunities are:
National Counsel of Māori Nurses – Waitematā Branch. This forum meets every month at the Waitakere Hospital Marae. This is the National Professional body that addresses issues that the Māori nurses are facing (Local, Regional and National). It provides a networking opportunity with other Māori nurses including senior Māori Nurse Leaders.
Ngā Manukura o Apopo – National Māori Leadership Education Training for all Māori Health professionals which provides leadership training for Māori Nurses in a “by-Māori-for-Māori” model.
Designated Māori clinical nurse specialist roles: The Māori Clinical Nurse Specialist roles in Diabetes, Gerontology and Cancer serve a dual purpose: firstly as a pathway to develop Māori nurses in to clinical specialist roles, and secondly to respond to the need for health service delivery in key areas that better meets the needs of Māori people using those services.
Waitematā DHB Health Scholarship programme: Established in 2011 for Māori and/or Pacifica people within the Waitematā DHB region, this scholarship provides financial support, priority placements, networking and facilitated employment for undergraduate students in selected health disciplines such as nursing, midwifery, medicine, physiotherapy, dietetics and more.
Te Kaunihera Kaumatua: Reporting to the Chief Advisor Tikanga, this select group of esteemed elders oversees matters of Māori cultural significance across Waitematā DHB and Auckland DHB.
MALT – Māori Advisory Leadership Team is the governance group overseeing the implementation of the joint Waitematā DHB and Auckland DHB Māori Health Workforce Development Strategy. Chaired by the Waitematā DHB CEO Dr Dale Bramley, the team works on innovation and improvement projects each year, and reports against Māori workforce targets.
Nga Poumana - Supporting Māori Allied Health professionals
Triple A - The AAA programme developed and tested New Zealand’s first Māori-specific Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening programme, in partnership with mana whenua. It was entered into the IPANZ award. The Waitematā AAA Screening Pilot for Māori, Waitematā District Health Board was a finalist in Crown – Māori Relationships category. The programme applied rigorous health needs analysis methods with a specific focus on reducing ethnic health inequalities. It resulted in a 78% participation rate, provided a 183% return on investment, and prevented five AAA-related deaths.
Māori Cultural Celebrations
Annual Mataariki – Māori New Year – June each year
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week – September each year
Waitangi Day - named after Waitangi where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed – 6 February
Ngapuhi Festival - Northland's largest free music, cultural, performance and arts & crafts festival – Jan each year
Key Maori Leaders:
Dr Dale Bramley
Dr Dale Bramley, MBChB, MPH, MBA, FAFPHM, FNZCPHM is a 2003-04, Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.
He is the CEO of Waitematā District Health Board (DHB). Waitematā DHB is the largest DHB in New Zealand and provides health services to 629,000 Aucklanders. Waitematā DHB has 7600 employees and has a $1.7 billion expenditure budget.
Dr Bramley is a practicing Public Health Physician and is the Chief Examiner of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine, a function he has held for the last eight years. He is also an adjunct Professor at Auckland University of Technology.
Appointed by the Minister of Health to the Board of the Health Quality and Safety Commission in 2014, Dr Bramley is currently serving his second term on that Board. His previous Ministerial Board appointments include to the National Health Commission, and the National Ethics Committee. Dr Bramley also currently services as Board member of the Well Foundation, Northern Region Alliance and University of Otago Dietetics Programme External Advisory Board.
He has been published extensively internationally with over 50 peer reviewed publications to date. His iwi affiliations are to Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine and Whānau Apanui.
DAME Rangimarie Naida Glavish DNZM JP
Ko Atuanui Te Maunga
Ko Kaipara Te Moana
Ko Hoteo Te Awa
Ko Puatahi te Marae
Ko Ngati Hine me Ngati Te Rino nga hapu
Ko Ngati Whatua me Ngapuhi nga Iwi
Naida started working with us in 1990 when we were the Auckland Area Health Board as a Bicultural Manager.
We are fortunate to now have Dame Naida as our Chief Advisor Tikanga for both Māori Health Auckland and Waitematā DHBs. Dame Naida was the architect of the Tikanga Best Practice policy which guides our practice with whanau. The policy is also now being implemented across most of the DHB in our country and has been shared internationally also to help strengthen other responsiveness of other systems to their indigenous populations. Dame Naida also leads the organisation to ensure we have strong and effective relationships with Mana Whenua, and Mātā Waka. The Chief Advisor Tikanga role supports the management of the DHB's obligation to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and provides cultural support to all staff which is avbailable to patients and their whanau.
In May 1984, Dame Naida won the right to use “Kia ora’ across Aotearoa NZ. In 2011, Dame Naida was awarded ONZM for services to Māori and the community. Dame Naida is a Champion in our DHB and country for Iwi aspirations, Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori and for a culturally effective health system.
Dame Naida is taonga to our organisation and we feel very privileged to have her as a leader in our DHB.
He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.
Gwen Tepania-Palmer no Te Aupouri, Ngati Kahu, and Ngati Paoa Tainui
Current Governance Roles
ADHB Board Chair– Ministerial Appointment
ADHB Board Member – Ministerial Appointment
Chair of Manawa Ora – WDHB &ADHB Māori Health Committee
Board Member ADHB Finance Audit and Risk Committee
Past Waitematā District Health Board Member for nine years, Past Chair of CPHAC and member of HAC.
Gwen Tepania-Palmer is a graduate of Psychopaedic nursing (Manawatu) and a graduate of Comprehensive Nursing Programme (ATI North Shore). She holds a Masters’ in Business Administration (MBA) (Massey University) and a Certificate in Company Direction (Institute of Directors New Zealand).
Health Quality Safety Commission NZ – Ministerial Appointment
Northland Lotteries Committee – Ministerial Appointment
Gwen has an extensive background in the New Zealand health sector. She has held several Ministerial appointments including on the National Health Committee and is the current chair of the Ngāti Hine Health Trust, Northland. Gwen is passionate about Healthcare and striving for excellence in everything we do.
The Health sector provides many wonderful opportunities and a lifetime career in being able to give service to whanau/families and the wider community, to provide and offer training and develop many new skills and increase one’s knowledge in so many different career pathways.
Gwen is equally at home, on the Marae and sharing with Whanau in the chores of the Whare Kai, and camaraderie of whanaungatanga.
Māori Clinical Nurse Director
Waitematā DHB and Auckland DHB
Is our Māori Clinical Nurse Director across ADHB/WDHB, she started in 2012 as the first Māori Nurse Specialist in WDHB. She started her nursing career in 1976 as a Nurse Aid, then an Enrolled Nurse, and finally a Registered Nurse. She describes herself as a generalist and stands proud of her Ngapuhi heritage, and of what Māori nurses and Midwives have achieved in her work life, to champion equity for their professions and of course our Māori communities. As an executive member to the National Council of Māori Nurses she believes that the strength for Māori is whanau and networking transportable into the work space provides a grounding for , tinana, hinengaro, wairua (body mind and spirit) so all Māori professionals remain well and balanced, providing care in the same paradigm.
Māori Workforce Development Coordinator
Waitematā DHB and Auckland DHB
Selah originates from Waiharakeke (Blenheim) in Te Tau Ihu and has been working for Waitemata DHB over a number of years.
Selah works to lead out components of the Māori Health Workforce streams that support Māori into, during and throughout the pipeline. This work excites Selah each day as it is challenging, and every changing each and every day.
This portfolio enables Selah to connect with our rangatahi from year's 9 to 13, into tertiary studies, and then supporting our graduates into positions of employment which is specifically supported in the work of our Kia Ora Hauora (www.kiaorahauora.co.nz) programme. Once employed, Selah enables connection with our current staff to opportunities of development and sustained employment which enables our retention strategies to be efficient and effective.