As recent graduates of the National Certificate in Hauora Māori, we are both committed to being the champions of change that our whānau need to help shape their future. We have gained greater confidence and understanding about the healthcare system, health literacy and the importance of good communication. We have been immersed in the wisdom and wonder of knowledge related to kaupapa Māori, hauora models, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga and mana motuhake.
As Whāea Tariana used to always say, “Whānau: we may not have it all together, but together we have it all.”
We have benefitted from the expertise and enthusiasm of a number of inspirational speakers including Dame Tariana Turia, Ken Mair, Nancy Tuaine, Dr Rangi Matamua, Lanne Jansen-Wade and Aunty Marilyn. We both feel very fortunate to have been a part of the last Hauora Māori graduation under the watchful eye of Tipu Ora. To those who will now study towards the New Zealand Certificate and Diploma in Whānau Ora, we wish you well.