Southern DHB wins Te Ao Maori Award

Education Perfect Regional Manager Bevan Jones, Associate Māori Health Officer WellSouth Peter...
Education Perfect Regional Manager Bevan Jones, Associate Māori Health Officer WellSouth Peter Ellison, Southern DHB Kaumatua Matapura Ellison, Southern DHB Associate Māori Health Officer Nancy Todd, Education Perfect CEO Alex Burke, and Education Perfect Head of Kaupapa Māori Te Rau Winterburn
The Southern DHB has recently been awarded the Education Perfect Te Ao Māori for Professionals Engagement and Participation Award. This award is based on active engagement and participation across the organisation.

Pou Taki Educator, Mathew Kiore has been instrumental in leading this innovation and accepted the award on behalf of Southern DHB.

During the COVID-19 August 2021 the Southern DHB rolled out the Te Reo Māori for Professionals course through Education Perfect as part of a wider equity programme.

Initially 100 spaces were offered however registrations hugely exceeded this, and another 100 spaces were made available.

The course is a self-lead online programme which runs for 12 months and assists participants to confidently develop a deeper understanding of general tikanga (customary values and practises), common kupu (vocabulary) and their pronunciation, kīanga (phrases) and how to use this mātauranga (knowledge) in everyday life.

Mr Kiore describes the success of the programme as very encouraging.

“It offers our staff the opportunity to learn in a self-paced setting. We are very proud of the engagement and benefits to our organisation and staff.”

Te Rau Winterburn, Head of Kaupapa Māori at Education Perfect says, “The goal of the programme is to encourage and educate as many organisations, sectors, schools and individuals as possible by supporting cultural capacity and engagement.”


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