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Tuakana/Teina: Enhancing health career opportunities through a kaupapa Māori internship programme

Tuakana/Teina is a kaupapa Māori based internship programme designed to enhance and develop health career opportunities for Māori.

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:

“Mā te tuakana e arahi i te teina, mā te teina e arahi i te tuakana.”

“From the older sibling the younger one is taught the right way to do things, and from the younger sibling the older one learns new things.”

Types of Tuakana/Teina Programmes:

  • Tuakana/Teina Internship:
  • You are Māori.
  • You are a school leaver.
  • You’re looking for work experience to support your career pathway into health.
  • You intend to study a health related qualification and work or volunteer in the health sector.
  • You agree to participate in any promotion activities associated with the internship.
  • You and your whānau are available to attend an interview if shortlisted.


  • Tuakana/Teina Summership:
  • Be of New Zealand Māori descent.
  • Be currently studying a health related tertiary course and your qualification supports Hauora Māori.
  • Intend to work or volunteer in the health sector in Hawke’s Bay.
  • Intend to fulfil summership requirements in Hawke’s Bay for the summer.
  • Agree to participate in any promotion activities associated with the summership.
  • Be available to attend an interview if shortlisted (your whānau are welcome).

How to register for Tuakana/Teina with Hawke’s Bay DHB

The Tuakana/Teina Summership applications are currently open. Before applying, you must be registered with Tūruki. Click here to register and apply.