He Puna Reo Hauora

In 2021 Toi Tangata led a scoping project exploring how a te reo Māori-competent and confident health workforce might address Māori health and health workforce inequities.

We put out a survey to kaimahi Māori that aimed to capture ways that Māori health workforce development investment might enable time, space, and financial support to access te reo Māori learning.

This has been a complicated space to navigate as it brings forth all the factors of te reo Māori reclamation that kaimahi have personally – and generationally – been impacted by. Furthermore, the dedication that each kaimahi Māori has in their roles towards achieving and sustaining whānau oranga has, at times, come at the sacrifice of their own career and personal goals. 

Kaupapa developer and project lead Renei Ngawati has been working toward a workable scheme that, in light of the health sector changes, can provide a pathway for concentrated support for reo me ōna tikanga. 

We are now in the final stages of completing a feasibility and investment proposal to sector funders with the aim to implement a kaimahi Māori focused workforce development scheme that financially supports immersion te reo Māori learning. 

📣 This is what they had to say.