Rōpū Taupuhipuhi Āmio | National Mobile Support Team                                                   OCTOBER 2023
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Do you want to create a study group?
As we have met with groups over the past year, we have heard how you want to meet up more regularly with others and wished there was a study group.

We realise that with work-based learning there aren’t classes to attend and of course everyone is working, often full-time. So, knowing who else is studying is difficult.

Being in the health industry you’ll be aware of the Privacy Act, which we are also bound by.
But we thought we could offer a place where you can share contact information with us and give us permission to share it with another person who is also willing to share their information. This is so you can contact each other and potentially set up a study group.

We would not be able to facilitate or moderate any communications or meetings, so you will need to take responsibility for your safety and wellbeing.

If you would like to try this, follow this link to complete the form.

We will gather responses for one month, then collate the information and by the end of November will contact anyone who responded. This contact will either be to share contact information or to let you know that no one else responded to match your area or qualification, depending on your choice when you complete the form.
Blenheim teenager on track for career supporting the elderly
15-year-old Marlborough Girls College student Hope Te Whiu has always been passionate about the elderly and is now on track to forging a rewarding career working with them, when she leaves school.

Thanks to a school Gateway programme through Careerforce | Te Pūkenga, Hope has already successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 2. She has also been offered the opportunity of specific palliative care training at a local hospice, to further broaden her skills.

Health care assistant Michelle at Oceania supported Hope with her programme helping her to understand assessment questions if they weren’t clear. “I couldn’t have done it without Michelle’s support and my manager Jacqui giving me the opportunity to come and learn at Redwood.”

Attending 2 day noho marae meant Hope could get some extra support
Hope jumped at the chance of attending a 2-day noho marae in Nelson for learners who identify as Māori.

“It was really enjoyable,” says Hope. “I was a bit nervous at first because I was the youngest person there by a huge age gap.  But then I got used to it and being Māori really helped as it is an environment that I am comfortable in. I enjoyed working with the adults.  I could just ask them to explain this or that in different words.

“I feel pretty proud that I’ve got my qualification,” says Hope.
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Aka Toi is now more accessible
Earlier this year, we completed a site accessibility audit to see where we could make improvements to Aka Toi, our Learning and Assessment platform and to try to ensure the site is user friendly for all.
For those of you completing your learning online via Aka Toi, you'll see we have now introduced the UserWay Accessibility widget (see icon above). This widget has a range of tools to help better support our users with digital accessibility needs. The functionality includes easily increasing font sizes, activating dyslexia friendly fonts, adding contrast to the page and more!

You'll find this widget on the middle right-hand side of all Aka Toi pages. To access this, click on the icon shown above in Aka Toi and see what the tool can provide.

Introducing Te Pae Ora - our wellbeing hub for learners
We're excited to unveil Te Pae Ora, an online hub developed by Te Pūkenga. The hub is dedicated to support ākonga (learners) on their learning journey with Careerforce | Te Pūkenga.

It contains information, advice and resources about wellbeing drawn on best practice and lived experience, and was co-designed with ākonga from across Aotearoa.

Noho marae 'save the date'
Although we have come to the end of our noho marae opportunities for the year, look out for the new schedule on the Careerforce website here and in the January 2024 issue of Hoe Ngātahi. Be prepared to be supported, encouraged and progress towards completion of your programme, all within a kaupapa Māori environment.”

There is just one last date for upcoming noho marae this year. You still have time to register if you are based in the far North.
Far North (Te Ika-a-Māui):
November 10 - 12 Ahipara
Note: Tangihanga will always take precedence for a marae; so please make sure you keep your contact information with us up-to-date just in case we need to change marae at short notice.
He waka eke noa; kia eke panuku, kia eke tangaroa
We’re in this waka together; through all our efforts, we will succeed
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