The Nelson Marlborough Health is pleased to announce the opportunity for employees, who work for our provider services and District Health Boards or Ministry of Health funded organisations (e.g. Non Governmental Organisations, Primary Health Organisations, Maori Health Providers, Aged Care, Rural, Hospice etc) to apply for funding to complete a nationally accredited qualification – certificate, diploma or graduate certificate levels 2 to 7 (excluding degrees).  Funding for these training programmes is allocated to Nelson Marlborough Health by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ).

The priority of this funding is the Maori non-regulated health and disability workforce.  This funding will support training of those in the non-regulated workforce to develop formal competencies in their current role, and develop potential to move into other health sector roles as relevant.  

The HWNZ eligibility criteria for successful applicants:

  • Currently employed by a District Health Board health or disability service or by a  service funded by the District Health Board or the Ministry of Health
  • Have Maori whakapapa
  • A New Zealand citizen or hold a New Zealand permanent residency status as conferred by the New Zealand Immigration Service
  • Have support from your current employer to undertake and complete the qualifications
  • Employed no less than .25 FTE
  • The course meets Nelson Marlborough Health Maori health or disability workforce priorities
  • Meet the entry criteria required by the training provider.

Exclusions for this funding:

  • Employees who work in non-DHB or Ministry of Health (MOH) provider or funded services.   Employees who are studying in a programme not accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or an Industry Training Organisation (ITO)
  • Employees already in a sponsored study programme are excluded if they are part of the Maori Provider Development Scheme (MPDS), receive a MOH Hauora scholarship or are participating in another HWNZ funded programme
  • Mental health employees, as separate funding is available
  • Mental health and addictions training programmes.

HWNZ Hauora Maori funding covers reimbursements for:

  • Tuition fees (actual costs or fees) that are charged
  • Cultural supervision or support that supports the trainee to work according to the values, protocols and practices of Maori  culture
  • Travel subsidy (actual costs) for trainees who are required to travel further than 100km by road one way from their usual place of work to the agreed training programme location
  • Accommodation subsidy up to a maximum of $100 per night where trainees are expected to travel to the training location
  • Actual costs of course related resources up to a maximum of $300 per trainee (pro-rata basis).

Further information on eligibility and courses relevant to your existing role or relevance to your career aspirations is available from the Nelson Marlborough Health Hauora Maori programme co-ordinator. Assistance is also available for completing application forms.


Complete the application form (including endorsement and declaration) and send with your CV and other documentation by end of November or early December to the co-ordinator.   Some applications may be considered in January or the first semester if training is for second semester.


For further information or assistance about this application or training programmes please contact:

HWNZ Hauora Maori Training Programme Co-ordinator

Caroline Sainty
Nelson Marlborough Health
Private Bag 18
Nelson Mail Centre 7042
Fax: (03) 546 1747