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Health Workforce NZ has announced that the 2020 Ministry of Health Māori Support Fund is now open for applications. Please refer to these documents:

This funding is open to Māori trainees enrolled in Ministry of Health-funded training programmes (regulated and non-regulated health workforce). Eligible trainees must have connections with Whakapa, Hapū and Iwi.   There is one closing date for completed applications – Wednesday February 5, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding your application form please contact (in the first instance) HWNZ – and, because the College is involved in the application process, copy to the GM –


The up to $1200 per successful candidate cover mentoring, cultural supervision (below is an extract from the guidelines):


5.0 Funding

5.1 Funding will be provided at levels specified in each Provider’s contract on the basis of trainees actually funded. Funds are only accessible once the details of trainees undertaking training programmes are reported to Health Workforce.

Funds may be spent on the following components:


5.2 Mentoring

An appropriately qualified and experienced person must be appointed who facilitates learning, supervises and assesses trainees continually so that the trainee achieves their outcomes at the end of the programme. Mentors motivate and encourage trainees to continue their education. Mentoring may take place on a one to one basis or as part of a group, dependent upon the trainee’s needs.


5.3 Cultural Supervision

An agreed supervision relationship by Māori for Māori with the purpose of enabling the trainee to achieve safe and accountable professional practice, cultural development and self-care according to the philosophy, principles and practices derived from a Māori worldview (Eruera 2005, p.61).


An appropriately qualified and experienced person must be appointed who facilitates a process that explores and reconciles clinical and cultural issues with trainees and provides appropriate management strategies, skills and confidence for trainees to retain their cultural identity and integrity as Māori.

Culturally effective supervision should provide a mix of education, support and protection and support of Māori workers with a focus on the cultural protection and safety of staff and their clients.

Cultural supervision can be utilised either locally or regionally, individually or as part of a group.


5.4 Cultural Development Activities

In conjunction with mentoring and cultural supervision, cultural development may be part of the Support Plan and includes:

  • Cultural resources;
  • Membership to Māori Health professional organisations;
  • Cultural activities including Kuia/Kaumatua, and peer support; and
  • Workshops or conferences that specifically relate to Māori health.