Welcome to the latest Kaiāwhina Workforce in Action Newsletter. We're pleased to share the latest news and progress about the Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan.
When we acknowledge the mana of the word, we understand the mana of Kaiāwhina

Inā mōhiotia te mana o te kupu, kua mārama mai te mana o tēnei taonga, te Kaiāwhina

A realisation that words carry great power has been part of the journey of the Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan.  

To deepen the commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and build the mana of Kaiāwhina, it has been important to deepen the understanding of the word Kaiāwhina and also, to share the story of how this important workforce came to be bestowed with such a powerful and fitting mana-enhancing name.

It is a privilege to be able to share the latest Plan which includes the “Whakapapa o te Kaiāwhina”

This whakapapa takes a special place within the Plan and we acknowledge with gratitude, the following people for their special role in getting us here.

Wikepa Keelan held the role of Chief Advisor Māori, Ministry of Health prior to the launch of the Plan, and was an important influence and a champion of Kaiāwhina as a fitting title to empower this workforce.

Valerie Williams (Te Rau Ora) from the Working Group initiated this by teaching us that the mana of the workforce could be enhanced by understanding the whakapapa and the mana of the term “Kaiāwhina”.

Turaukawa Bartlett (Careerforce - Te Toi Pūkenga) has shared his gift of words and storytelling through the eyes of a proud Kaiāwhina and partnered with Valerie to provide guidance on the development of the whakapapa so that it might resonate for all Kaiāwhina.

You can check out Te Whakapapa o te Kaiāwhina in the plan or in poster form here.

April 2019

The Kaiāwhina Workforce Programme, overseen by a partnership between the Ministry of Health & Careerforce – Te Toi Pūkenga sets out a 20-year vision and a 5-year action plan (2015-2020) for the development of the health and disability Kaiāwhina workforce.
Download the Action Plan below:
For more information, please refer to the Website
Kaiāwhina Workforce Taskforce has New Co-Chair

Careerforce Te Toi Pūkenga appointed Jane Wenman to be its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Ray Lind who left the organisation on 2 November 2018, after over 7 years as its CEO and one of the founding partners in the Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan.

Jane was Careerforce’s Chief Financial Officer and joined the industry training organisation in September 2016.  Jane now takes on the role of Sponsor of the Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan and Co-Chair of the Taskforce.

“I have been fortunate to have been appointed to a role that gives me a platform to deliver better outcomes for New Zealanders and the workforce that supports them,” says Jane.

“I recognise the significance of the Plan’s aspirations and I am extraordinarily proud of how Careerforce has been able to support the sector in progressing the work of the Plan and acknowledge the leadership and passion of my predecessor Ray Lind, in what has been achieved to date.   I feel very privileged to not only lead, but to also be able keep up the momentum towards the Plan’s 20-year vision."

More Action Plan Progress!
We finished 2018 on a high with the Kaiāwhina Workforce Taskforce accepting six actions as completed and three further actions as significantly progressed.

A new page has been added to the website to host the approval papers and allow you to find out more about the work that has supported the progress and completion of the actions. If you’d like to know more about any of this work, you can email us at
So, as at April 2019 with fifteen months to the end of the Action Plan timeline, our progress is summarised in this table.
Hospital Orderlies Get Life Changing Pay Rise

Around 3,500 hospital services workers which include Kaiāwhina who work as orderlies, along with cleaners, laundry workers and kitchen hands will get up to 40 percent more over three years. Negotiations for a new multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) for these DHB employees were settled at the end of 2018 and was backdated to 25th June 2018.

All services workers could advance their career by gaining a level 2 and level 3 NZQA qualification supported by on-the-job training.

Trade union E Tū's* national hospital co-ordinator Sam Jones said, "It's a major investment by the DHBs and the Government in the lowest paid workers in our public hospitals and helps deliver on the Government's promise to lift the standard of those at the bottom."

Workers will be better rewarded for upskilling under the new pay scale over the next three years and the DHBs were committed to providing the training workers need to gain qualifications with higher wage rates.

“These jobs are an important entry point into the health service and the promotion of training will enable some to progress in the public health sector making the settlement a real win/win."

This win supports the Workforce Recognition, Sustainability, Access and Career Development domains. If you are interested in looking over the agreement you can find it on some of the DHB websites. Hawkes Bay DHB has it here.

* E tū MECA (E tū) (previously named Service & Food Workers Union MECA)
The Kaiāwhina Workforce Programme is overseen by a partnership between Ministry of Health and Careerforce.

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