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About Why Ora

Why Ora is a not-for-profit community organisation based in Taranaki. We work across the community to empower Māori career and employment aspirations so that our whānau can flourish!

We work with taiohi and whānau to identify their aspirations and turn them into meaningful and rewarding career paths.  

Why Ora was founded as a collaborative partnership to support Māori workforce development. The Trust was formally established in 2010 as Whakatipuranga Rima Rau Trust, with representation from the Taranaki District Health Board (now Te Whatu Ora Taranaki), the Ministry of Social Development, and the iwi of Taranaki through Te Whare Pūnanga Kōrero Trust (now transitioning to the Iwi-Māori Partnership Board).

Working with our whānau our mahi is focused in three main areas:

Tūhononga – Connections
Tū is to strengthen, hononga is to bring or join together. Bringing people together, strengthening relationships and connecting our whānau to information, networks and opportunities.Weaving together our connections for the greater vision of flourishing whānau.

Manaakitanga – Support
Whānau are at the core of what we do – supporting and nurturing our whānau on their career journeys. For example, by providing support and mentoring through our Manaaki Oranga.

Umanga – Careers
Assisting taiohi and whānau to explore and experience meaningful careers. Supporting our whānau on their career journeys – we connect people to career pathways. We focus on health and education careers, however – we can also connect people to other training and career paths that interest them.

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Why Ora works with Māori of all ages. Search below to learn more about potential careers in health, education and more!

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Why Ora

Empowering Māori to fulfil their employment and career aspirations so that our whānau can flourish

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Why Ora
E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tōu aoThrive in the days destined for youLast Wednesday our Kaiārahi were on the roads presenting our promo's to the taiohi of Te Kura Tuarua o Ōkato, Te Kura Tuarua o Kōhanga Moa me Te Paepae o Aotea.Liahna and Mizsiah trevelled to Coastal and Inglewood. It was an action packed day full of whanaungatanga, laughs and competitive kēmu. Why Ora is very excited to manaaki our newly registered taiohi and we can't wait to see what the future holds for our next generations.Rory and Graham travelled to down South to Te Hāwera. It was awesome to have so many taiohi interested and keen to register with Why Ora! They spent time playing kēmu and learning about what opportunities Why Ora can offer them.Graham is looking forward to catching up with these taiohi over the school holidays and in 2024! ... See MoreSee Less
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