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WhyOra - working in partnership to change lives

TSB Community Trust Chair Harvey Dunlop, CE Maria Ramsay, Tanya Anaha Manager, WhyOra.
TSB Community Trust Chair Harvey Dunlop, CE Maria Ramsay, Tanya Anaha Manager, WhyOra.

A Taranaki organisation has been recognised for its dedication to achieving positive change.

WhyOra (Whakatipuranga Rima Rau Trust) won the AMP Capital People’s Choice Award for a Kaupapa Maori organisation, at the Philanthropy New Zealand Awards on May 16, 2019.

WhyOra works in partnership with students, whanau, the health and education sectors and employers to facilitate opportunities and career pathways.

Formed in 2009, the Trust evolved from a partnership between the Taranaki District Health Board, the Ministry of Social Development and Te Whare Punanga Korero Trust.

Their aim was to increase the numbers of Maori in the Taranaki health and disability workforce, to improve equity of access to services.

Today all Taranaki high schools take part in WhyOra. Hundreds of rangatahi are learning about possible health careers. 

The Trust also supports adult learners. Cadetships and internships offer work experience and can lead to employment.

The kaupapa Maori approach is critical. Pastoral care and advocacy are keys to success.

Today the results are speaking for themselves. More students are staying at school to Year 13 – WhyOra may be encouraging them to stay.

WhyOra has over 100 employed health professionals, over 50 people employed in non-health roles, their first medical doctor graduated 2018, and over 80 people in tertiary learning, including 33 nursing students, and 12 trainee doctors.

WhyOra is helping to change the lives of Taranaki whanau, improving family incomes and contributing to change within the health system.