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Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō


posted by Alastair McLean on 4 April 2012

Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō was developed in partnership with Māori health professionals from District Health Boards (DHBs), non-government organisations, Māori community and primary care providers, tertiary organisations, national Māori organisations and the Ministry of Health. 

Since 2009 the programme’s advisory group and project team have been designing initiatives to support Māori nurses and midwives. They have raised the profile of these professions by examining undergraduate programmes, improving access to professional development and providing clinical leadership training and support over the four-year contract with the Ministry of Health.

Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō project sponsor and Director of Nursing at Auckland DHB, Taima Campbell, said that as models of health care delivery change, clinical leadership by Māori nurses and midwives will be critical in creating and implementing changes to benefit whānau, hapū and iwi.

‘This is why we have been so pleased with the response to our clinical leadership training programme that we are offering in association with the Māori training organisation Digital,’ said Taima.

‘Over four years we will have up to 160 Māori nurses and midwives take part in training designed to stimulate learning, discussion, debate and action on leadership and management, clinical competency, quality improvement, change management and people management. A critical part of the programme involves participants scoping, presenting and implementing a project that demonstrates leadership, has a clinical focus and makes a positive contribution to Māori health.’

Taima points to a number of other exciting initiatives that are growing and will be coming to fruition over the duration of the contract. 

We are involved in a collaborative project with the Tertiary Education Commission to produce an annual scorecard on the performance of nursing and midwifery education providers for their Māori students. The scorecard will acknowledge institutions and initiatives that address barriers to success through recruitment, retention and attainment and will be published annually.’

Addressing barriers to success is also a theme in another project sponsored by Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō. 

The project has analysed entry data and both current and emerging retention issues for Māori midwifery undergraduates.

‘This project has helped us identify retention activities that support Māori midwifery undergraduate students, addressing some of the barriers experienced by students to prepare future Māori midwives,’ Taima said.

In 2012 the Lakes and Northland DHBs are implementing ‘Poutama’, another initiative from Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō

‘Poutama’ is a 12-month structured workplace learning programme, using New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) unit standards.  A baseline for further learning programmes in nursing and nursing leadership, it aims to use existing programmes to achieve optimal learning and workplace application within a kaupapa Māori framework.

An e- portfolio project also began in 2012, led by Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō as part of its professional development workstream.

Taima said while there are a range of professional development opportunities available to registered nurses, a number of systemic and structural barriers restrict full access to education and training opportunities by all practitioners.

‘We have an opportunity to pilot e-portfolios with Māori registered nurses, who may not currently be associated with an active professional development and recognition programme. We’re looking forward to launching an accessible, purpose-designed, online option for professional development portfolio completion by Māori registered nurses.’

Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō has enjoyed the support of a committed advisory group and this has been another significant achievement by the programme. Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō has gathered an exceptionally talented, diverse and experienced group of women together to guide what is essentially succession planning – nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.

Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō is a national Māori nursing and midwifery workforce development programme. For more information, go to: