Maori and Pacific Health Workers of the Future

On Monday 15 May, 2012 ETHC in partnership with the University of Auckland and local health providers hosted 30 Pacific Island and Maori students studying toward a Certificate in Health Science.

The Silly Photo

The Certificate of Health Science course is one way to enter the field of medicine, nursing or pharmacy. The students were given the opportunity to shadow various health professionals including physios, clinical assistants and health managers; and to observe and practise communication skills with patients

Dr Richard Hulme and Dr Tane Taylor are challenged by Tawa Hunter before the placement


ETHC had a great time and were truly humbled hosting the next generation of Pacific Island and Maori health specialists. Feedback from the students included some who said they would love a career as a GP in the community, because of the special relationships they form with their patients.

Kamaia Pere, Estania Nohotima-Collins, Jess Haretuku and Grace Kingston pose outside Manurewa Clinic


ETHC wishes to thank Robert Loto and Karyn McRae from the University of Auckland, and Dr Richard Hulme, Dr Tane Taylor and Community Liaison Joseph Liava'a for organising the activities.

ETHC also wishes all of the students on the Certificate of Health Science course all the best - you are our future, and the future is looking bright!