New programme brings te reo into hospital

A better understanding of te reo can only improve services
to Maori health. That’s the view of the CEO
for the BOP DHB after launching
a new Maori language programme. Our reporter Rapaera Tawhai went along to its release
at Whakatane Hospital. The Maori language finds a new home
at the Whakatane hospital. That is why the BOP DHB, The Maori Health Runanga
and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi have joined together
to launch the new initiative to teach te reo Maori and the
Whakatane and Tauranga hospitals. I’m so excited for the many staff
of the BOP DHB to join this programme to benefit
Maori health in our hospitals. The programme has launched
already in the Waitemata and Counties Manukau
District hospitals, however, it’s only just
launched in the Bay of Plenty. It has been a long time coming. A very long time, we just had to
wait for the BOP DHB to be ready. 400 staff members
have applied to join which is very good news
to the new lecturers. 400 is only a number. If 1000 staff wanted to join,
we at Awanuiarangi are ready. It doesn’t matter who you are, the main thing is
for our language to be spoken. Another good thing
is the course is free. Rapaera Tawhai, Te Karere.

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