My role involves working out in the community promoting, educating and supporting whānau to make healthier lifestyle choices.
I was looking for a change and a challenge, I knew that whatever it was going to be it had to be in Hauora. I had been working in the Tobacco control for a few years as well as Diabetes Intervention which I thoroughly enjoyed. A position became available at Te Kōhao Health in Health Promotions, I knew this would be perfect for me, so I applied for the position and was ecstatic when I got the call to say I was the successful applicant. Having a very strong passion for Māori Health and wellbeing.
I love working at Te Kōhao Health and the vision that we have for our people, “Kia whakatinanatia ko te ihi, ko te wehi, ko te wana, me te hauoranga o te whanau”, “living our tino rangatiratanga through strong, healthy, vibrant and prosperous whanau”. I am very passionate about Māori health and wellbeing, empowering our people to be leaders in their own health and wealth is also very important to me. It has been six years and two months and I still enjoy coming into work. I am blessed because I get to work with the most amazing people, we are very whānau orientated here at Te Kōhao Health everyone looks out for each other ensuring we are ok and if not they come together to support you. Te Kōhao Health has allowed me to grow – “ Kotahitanga, manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, wairuatanga, tino rangatiratanga help make Te Kōhao Health a great place to work”.
My role as a performance analyst, requires me to problem solve technical issues that occur with any of the systems that we currently have running here at Te Kōhao Health primarily Medtech and Whanau Tahi. I also have to analyse and present data to staff and managers (both internal and external) to show how we are tracking in relation to different contracts and to give any recommendations from what the data is telling me.
I started at Te Kōhao as a summer job when I was still in high school and I would answer phones and cover the medical reception over the years my role has changed and through training that I have been fortunate enough to attend I’ve been able to adjust to different roles throughout my time here at Te Kōhao Health.
It’s the people and the leaders we have here at Te Kōhao Health who allow us as an organisation to help whanau. We are here to help people in whatever way we can, our goal is to help support the people of Aotearoa and hopefully create a shift for the better in our society helping people with both health and social services so that we can empower our people giving them a better standard of living and the tools necessary to reach their aspirations.
My role focuses on the administration/reception areas, from welcoming whanau and directing them to where they need to go, to booking appointments to see the doctor or general information. Being based at Te Kōhao Kohungahunga, I also complete enrolments for whanau who are wanting their children/ child to attend the early childhood centre. I also do a few ad-hoc duties that include; attendance entry, staff rosters.
At the time, I was pregnant and looking for employment. I approached Nadine, and it just so happened that an employee was due to go on maternity leave. It was perfect timing, as she would be ready to return to her role when I was due to go on my maternity leave. A year later Te Kōhao Kohungahunga opened, and it was the perfect opportunity to work and have my child in the same building. So again I approached Nadine and was successful in obtaining a role with Te Kōhao Kohungahunga.
Me obviously!!!! I love and enjoy working at Te Kōhao because it is a māori organisation. It is a very whānau orientated; we do what we can to help whānau achieve bigger and greater things, making life better for themselves. It is a place where you can learn off your colleagues without judgement or criticism.