Mā​ori Nursing E-Portfolio PDRP - Huarahi Whakatū

Huarahi Whakatū is a Nursing Council accredited Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP) specifically tailored by and for Māori Registered Nurses. The programme is coordinated by a Māori registered nurse, guided by a cultural and clinical governance board with access to mentors and Māori Assessors.  The programme has been running since 2009 and in 2014 was reaccredited by the New Zealand Nurses Council for a further five years.  Huarahi Whakatū is the only accredited PDRP programme run outside of the District Health Boards that has been specifically developed for Māori registered nurses.

The Huarahi Whakatū PDRP promotes the philosophy of ‘dual competency', that is clinical and cultural competencies. Clinical competencies are drawn from the Nursing Council of New Zealand, whereas cultural competencies are informed by Te Ao Māori.  

A range of Māori Registered Nurses throughout the country are engaged with the Huarahi Whakatū professional development programme.  

Māori nurses successfully completing the programme aross sectors.  A range of Māori nurses are enrolled in Huarahi Whakatū at any one time and  there is increasing interest for Māori nurses, nurse leaders and employers.

Huarahi Whakatū is accepted within District Health Boards, as they contribute to the majority of employed registered nurses.  District Health Boards, Government and Non Government organisations are allies to ensure Māori Registered Nurses receive professional development hours in order to complete their portfolio as well as receive contractual remuneration payments when nurses achieve: Puna Whakatau, Puna Rahi and Puna Rangatira in Pūkenga Haumanu (clinical).

E portfolio facility is now available for the Huarahi Whakatu programme.  Māori Nurses can complete their evidential requirements for their portfolios online, which will accelerate the  completion and assessment of portfolios. 

PIO has the ability to store information for Nurses to aid in their professional development and career planning needs.


Online resources include the following:


For further information please call 0800 MATATINI (0800 628 284) or e-mail Tania Tito-Edge.