It refers to the relationship between a tuakana (older person) and a teina (younger person). This style of mentoring is specific to the cultural traditions of Māori teaching and learning.
We summarise the core principles of tuakana / teina as follows:
“Ma te tuakana ka totika te teina, ma te teina ka totika te tuakana.”
“From the older sibling the younger one learns the right way to do things, and from the younger sibling the older one learns to be tolerant.”
As either a tuakana or a teina, you can register to join the programme by completing our contact form. We will respond within 24 hours. All new Māori staff employed by HBDHB are also offered the opportunity to register as part of the Tūruki programme.
As a teina, you will be contacted by the Tūruki coordinator and talk about your learning and cultural support needs. The coordinator will match you with a tuakana best suited to support you during the initial weeks when you start working.
As a tuakana, you may have time to provide guidance in your area of expertise. Contact the Tūruki coordinator at the Hawke’s Bay DHB to be matched with a suitable teina.