Nga Manukura O Apopo Turns Out More Graduates

A total of 161 Māori nurses and midwives from across Aotearoa have now graduated from the Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō Māori 'Tomorrow's Clinical Leaders' programme since its 2008 inception.  

Consisting of four two-day wānanga spread over a four-month period, the final 21 Māori nurses and midwives from Cohort eight graduated on June 6 at Tūrangawaewae Marae, Ngāruawāhia.  

Manaaki Manawa (Kaupapa Māori Cardiac Rehab) Ngati Hine Health Trust’s Ruth Beckett says she feels privileged to have been able to attend and complete the clinical leadership programme.

“There have been lots of light bulb moments for me stimulated by the knowledge and wisdom shared by our guest speakers and facilitators.”

In April 2008 the Ministry of Health announced a significant investment aimed at strengthening the Māori health and disability workforce. This investment included a commitment to fostering clinical leadership and supporting the professional development of Māori nurses and midwives.  

The Ministry appointed the Auckland DHB as the first host DHB to set up and implement Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō. In October 2012 the programme transferred to the Northland DHB as host until the programme is completed at the end of 2014.

Māori nurses and midwives from around Aotearoa have hugely benefited from this national programme, with many going on and progressing their careers as health professionals into senior leadership roles. 

Guest speaker MP Nanaia Mahuta acknowledged Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō Māori as being successful in delivering a programme that has inspired those who want to make a difference and lead change.

"Congratulations to the people who had the vision and foresight to bring this forum together. We need to reverse the inequity and poverty and the devastating effects it is having on our communities and Māori clinical leaders can be a part of that change.”

Delivered by Digital Indigenous.Com Ltd, Tania Hodges with Grant Berghan have led eight cohorts across the last four years on Turangawaewae Marae; Tapu te Ranga Marae, Ngaruawahia; Pehiaweri Marae, Wellington; Whakapara Marae, Whangarei; Whakapara and Rehua Marae, Christchurch.  

Speakers have included Dr Manuka Henare (Associate Dean University of Auckland), Shelley Campbell (CEO Sir Peter Blake Trust), Dr Koro Ngapo (Senior Lecturer University of Waikato) and Helen Pocknall (Director of Nursing –Wairarapa). 

Emma Herewini-Hawkins from Rotorua said that the programme has helped her think outside the square. 

“I am re-energised, vibrant and I am keen on taking a step up and going one step forward in my mahi.  We often work in isolation and now I am connected up with a lot of Māori nurses and midwives and I am going to ensure that those connections carry on.”

Northland DHB director of nursing and midwifery and project sponsor Margareth Broodkoorn sees Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō as an important workforce initiative to grow and support Māori leaders in nursing and midwifery - leaders who can contribute to improving health outcomes for Māori whānau and communities.

"There is a significant requirement for more clinical leaders in the health and disability sector to help address current and future health service needs. 

"As models of health care delivery change, programmes to support both clinical leadership and professional development for Māori nurses and midwives must continue. 

“Thank you to Tania Hodges and Grant Berghan for all your hard work, to our steering group members - past and present, to all the speakers who have contributed to the course and to the whānau and organisations who have supported these wonderful clinicians to attend.”

Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō was the vision of Hauraki Health consulting director and part-time University of Auckland student Taima Campbell.  As programme manager, Taima urged the graduates to have a voice.

“One of the measures of whether we are being successful in our mahi is to see you on the front page of the newspaper and hear you on the radio – get out and make changes – don’t look over your shoulder looking for someone else to be leading that change - it is up to you.”

(Above from left) Northland DHB director of nursing and midwifery and project sponsor Margareth Broodkoorn, Hauraki Health consulting director Taima Campbell, new graduate Ruth Beckett and MP Nanaia Mahuta.

(Above) Cohort Eight Graduates

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