Kia Ora Hauora Project



“Whakamau, Whakaū, Whakaora i te ao Māori!”
Recruit, Retain and Revitalise the Māori Health Workforce








Welcome to the Midland regional Kia Ora Hauora page.

Kia Ora Hauora is a Māori Health workforce development programme aimed at promoting health careers as a great career choice for Maori! 







Kia Ora Hauora is a response to the national and international shortage of health sector workers - and the demand for more Māori health professionals in the sector.

Now is the ideal time to get into health - we need you now! 


The programme structure comprises of a national coordination centre which sits with Counties Manukau District Health Board.

In addition there are four regional hubs which are the key mechanisms for delivery of the programme; Northern, Midlands, Central and Southern.

The Midland region comprises five District Health Boards – Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, Taranaki and Lakes which is the lead district health board for the Midlands region.


Kia Ora Hauora seeks to increase the overall number of Māori working in the health and disability sector by recruiting 840 Māori into health career pathways by 31 December 2017.


Who is Kia Ora Hauora targetting?

Kia Ora Hauora will focus on four key target groups:
• Māori who are currently studying at secondary level,/ whare kura studetns 
• Māori who are studying at tertiary level,
• Māori who are in-work and considering a career change, and
• Māori who are in the community, considering a return to the workforce.

How will Kia Ora Hauroa achieve its target number of new Māori recruits into health career pathways’ goal?

The programme will accomplish this by improving:

• Promoting health careers
• Supporting science achievement
• Supporting tertiary success
• Transition to work
• Delivering results


Resources and registration for Kia Ora Hauora are available via our national site

The Midland region’s Pou Manukura Kia Ora Hauora Programme Facilitator Lianne Kohere

Phone 07 343 7714
Mb 027 432 9059






Kia Ora Hauora Administrator Queenie Motutere, based in Rotorua.






Mereana Egan, Kia Ora Hauora Programme Facilitator Tairawhiti

From a bi-cultural whanau, Mereana's mother was born in Nuhaka, raised in Mahia and Wairoa, her father from Tairawhiti. She is the youngest of six children. Mereana has lived in Samoa, Tonga and more recently in Bali. 

She comes from a background in both education and health, having taught in schools and also in the health sector, where she worked for Red Cross.