WDHB: Building the Maori workforce
The goal of Whanganui DHB’s Māori workforce development programme is to build on the capacity of local Māori working in health through:
  • improving access to Māori health career information for rangatahi and whānau adults
  • working with the local secondary school leaders, advisors and teachers to improve Māori.

And participation in health and disability education training and careers as part of:
  • inspiring rangatahi at intermediate school level to be interested in health as a career
  • Work to increase the number of Māori rangatahi choosing science at secondary school level
  • providing information and profiling adult learning and support opportunities within health
  • contributing to increased recruitment and retention of Māori rangatahi studying at a tertiary level.
WDHB Māori Health Services (Te Hau Ranga Ora) has a team member dedicated to leading and coordinating our Māori workforce development programme.

Lianne Kohere

WDHB Haumoana Workforce Development Coordinator Lianne Kohere

“What really excites me is when I see rangatahi achieving their aspirations, supported by their whānau.”

I am of Muaupoko, Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi, Ngāti Raukawa, Tainui and Tuwharetoa descent.
I have been in this role since its inception in October 2013. My role is to implement the workforce specific recommendations from the Huarahi Oranga, WDHB Māori Health Strategy review and to establish systems and processes to maintain proactive recruitment and retention of Māori staff. The position is also to actively encourage and support local rangatahi Māori into hauora as a career choice.

My role exists so that rangatahi have someone they can engage with to ensure that they have planned their career pathway into their preferred health profession. This includes providing additional information in regards to scholarship funding and any mentoring programmes available through Kia Ora Hauora.
Prior to my six years in Human Resources I was with the Department of Corrections and the NZ Defence Force.
I look forward to meeting the challenges the role will bring in the coming years.