TRP Logo.jpg Te Rau Puawai

Maori Mental Health Workforce Development

HWNZ.png Te Rau Puawai represents an exciting opportunity for students who are seeking a career or to further their qualifications in the area of Māori mental health.

In 2012 Health Workforce New Zealand and Massey University made a three-year commitment to increasing the professionalism of the Māori mental health workforce. Each year the Te Rau Puawai Workforce Programme provides bursaries and learning support for students who are seeking to commence or complete a Massey university qualification in a field of Māori mental health.

Students who receive bursaries are able to enter or continue their Massey programmes, which include undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the following areas:

H-Gotty_-D-Bennett-resized.jpg In return, there is an expectation that graduating students will contribute towards improving Māori mental health by gaining employment in a relevant Māori mental health field. To assist our Te Rau Puawai students, we offer a mentoring programme, a full-time co-ordinator, part-time support tutors, and mentors who all provide academic advice and general learning support.

Both Health Workforce New Zealand and Massey University are confident that Te Rau Puawai will lead to a greatly enhanced Māori health workforce and will play a valuable role in improving Māori health.

The scholarship provides:

  • Contribution to cover fees and travel costs (the fee component is paid directly to the university)
  • Provision of a mentor
  • Individual learning and personal support
  • Assistance with course planning
  • An essay writing and study skills workshop
  • Access to Māori community and student networks

TRP-resized.jpg Te Rau Puawai students must:

  • Complete the papers undertaken through Massey University
  • Attend classes, contact courses and exams
  • Attend Te Rau Puawai conferences and seminars
  • Maintain regular contact with the Te Rau Puawai support team
  • Focus studies and employment in the area of Māori mental health
  • Advise Te Rau Puawai staff and lecturers immediately of challenges that may affect study progress


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