Kaimahi Hui

Project purpose:

To strengthen and enhance the unregistered Māori mental health workforce through increased connection – whanaungatanga, and enhanced practice opportunities – pukenga.

Project objectives:

  • Create a workforce development wananga for unregistered kaimahi in the Counties Manukau area that will;
  • Increase connectivity between services and individuals
  • Enhance practice skills
  • Create an environment of ongoing learning and professional development
  • Develop a supportive and culturally relevant space for Māori kaimahi to share and reflect on practices between services
  • Enhance the opportunities for whānau ora as a conceptual framework for Māori mental health care and delivery


The Kaimahi Hui was Te Ara Whiriwhiri’s first public activity. It resulted in around 50 Maori kaimahi from the Counties Manukau and ADHB areas coming together to share, connect and learn through a structured programme of guest speakers and interactive workshops. The day created an environment where connections were made and the sharing of information happened by consequence and the numbers varied as people balanced workload responsibilities alongside their learning.

Te Ara Whiriwhiri were pleased to get a range of speakers that created the environment for sharing and increased understanding for kaimahi.