On the 12th of April, Te Rau Matatini had the privilege of supporting and participating in the 20th celebrations of Te Rau Puawai. Te Rau Puawai is a Māori mental health workforce programme based at Massey University that has a long association with Te Rau Matatini. Many current and past Te Rau Matatini kaimahi were bursars of the programme, which provides support for students working toward a Massey University qualification in the field of Māori mental health. Te Rau Puawai is a tuakana (senior) to Te Rau Matatini, and our two organisations have commons goals of building the Māori mental health and addiction workforce.
Te Rau Puawai’s 20th celebration was held at Massey University’s Albany campus in Tāmakimakaurau. Past recipients were invited to attend a day long event which included presentations from key figures in the development and establishment of the Te Rau Puawai; Including the Ministry of Health, Emeritus Professor Tā Mason Durie, Kirsty Maxwell, and Riki Niania who was the first graduate of the programme. During the celebrations, Te Rau Matatini and Te Rau Puawai announced they would collaborate to create Te Rau Whakapiripiri – an alumni of Māori mental health and addiction workforce.
Download the Te Rau Puawai Commemorative book below.