34 results for Whitireia Community Polytechnic

  • Research that works: a practical approach to student collaborative work

    Clark, Jill (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    The authors of this paper, who tutor at two different technical institutes, have collaborated for the past four years on a research project examining New Zealand experiences with student collaborative learning in multicultural groups. International research, while acknowledging the challenges involved, is positive about the educational benefits of working in diverse groups. There has been little New Zealand research, however, in this area. The first stage of this project identified issues that tertiary tutors faced when using collaborative learning in their classrooms. Subsequent findings of this research project have been consistent with the literature on the benefits and challenges of inter-cultural collaborative learning. The results indicate that students are often inadequately prepared for working in groups and therefore do not achieve the desired outcome of learning to work together constructively and collaboratively. The development of the 'soft skills' required by industry is often not achieved by either domestic or international students. This paper outlines the particular challenges faced by New Zealand tertiary tutors who wish to use collaborative learning techniques for assessment purposes. The findings from this and other research projects have been used to construct a model that will help tutors set up collaborative programmes that not only meet the basic requirements of effective collaborative learning but are also pedagogically sound and culturally accommodating. Such programmes will benefit tutors as well as domestic and international students.

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  • Is the economic crisis here worse than the US?

    Thomas, Rosita (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    This paper is an attempt to find out what impact an 'Economic Crisis' would have on New Zealand. The discussion would be centred on the various businesses in New Zealand, keeping the downturn in the finance sector as a focal point. As employees in educational institutions, would we be affected? It would be worthwhile to see what changes could occur if a crisis does occur in New Zealand

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  • Facilitating independent learning amongst Chinese international Students

    Warring, Susan (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    This paper is the first part of a longitudinal study focussing on facilitating independent learning amongst Chinese International students completing the Bachelor of Applied Business Studies at Whitireia Polytechnic. The major rationale advanced for developing independence is that this an important graduate competency required by Western employers. Evidence from the literature indicates that new Chinese international students will initially have a low level of willingness and ability to practise independent learning.

    A model of independence is developed based on the Staged Self-Directed Learning model (Grow, 1991) and on the Situational Model of Leadership (Hersey & Blanchard, cited in Hersey & Blanchard, 1996). Grow's model characterises four learning levels ranging from dependent to self-directed and it is proposed that, if suitable teaching strategies are employed, students should progress towards higher levels of independence as they advance through the degree.

    Confirming the evidence from the literature review, the findings indicate that the class is at level two of independence. Suitable teaching strategies for level two learners will be developed and implemented in parts two and three of this project.

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  • The intimate real

    Whitehead-Lopez, Rudy (2009-12-23)

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    I explore family interactions within the non-spectacular, quiet instances of everyday living. My interest is in intimate moments of insulation. My choice of subject matter and approach to the subject has been influenced by my Mexican-American heritage. I draw on cultural influences like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Richard Diebenkorn to structure my work. My paintings are figurative and in a realist milieu. They are based on observation and experience filtered through my subjective concept of ingenuous representation within the shifting context of perception and context. I look for open narrative potential that will ignite recognition within the viewer, and generate a personal dialogue with ample scope to attribute their own meanings within the work. To understand how this process can be achieved I have developed a structure of visual language based on Roman Jakobson and Wolfgang Iser's literary models of communication. I propose that the process of interaction places meaning within the artist/viewer relationship primarily in the decoding by the viewer. Within my own code, which is a hybrid mix of cultural influences, there is enough of a commonality with most viewers for a meaningful discourse.

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  • 'Opening our eyes-shifting our thinking'

    Scott, Wendy (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    The purpose of the research was an evaluation of practice exemplars as a reflective process in teaching and learning about cultural safety. Six Maori, two Pacific and five Pakeha students, ranging in age from 30 to 40, took part in the research. The research findings revealed five sub themes: personal safety, power/ powerlessness, reflection, teaching and learning and cultural safety. The presentation, while acknowledging that cultural safety shared some commonalities with culture care theory, highlighted differences between the two. These included that cultural safety was explicit in identifying the inherent power of the nurse in health care relationships; related to the experience of the recipient of nursing care, and extended beyond cultural awareness and sensitivity; provided consumers of nursing services with the power to comment on practices; and contributed to the achievement of positive outcomes and experiences for them. It outlined the characteristics of a culturally safe nurse as a nurse who had undertaken a process of reflection on her/his own cultural identity and who recognised the impact their personal culture had on client care.

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  • Jewellery out of context

    Shepheard, Carole ; Deckers, Peter (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Jewellery Out of Context (joc) is an exhibition of 24 submissions created by 31 New Zealand artists (immigrants, emigrants, migrants, and natives to New Zealand). The exhibition was held at the Muse, Ultimo, Sydney in early 2006. The artists explore the relationships and transformations of jewellery in its wider context.

    The joc brief is open-ended, with the aim to reveal and unravel the many facets related to the formation and organisation of the jewellery discourse. This exhibition aims to provoke the jewellery community by deconstructing and reassembling its most elementary principle "made to wear". Instead this exhibition is put together as a playful token for its own centralised existence, like: "jewellery" has a good look to itself, or "jewellery" dresses up for its own party.

    The motivation to include in the "call for entries" multi-disciplines relates also to the aims of the 2006 Jewellers' and Metalsmiths' Group of Australia (jmga) theme, which is "to take makers, collectors,critics and thinkers out of the comfort zone of their normal environments and place them 'on location'; a hypothetical site where speculation, inspiration and the accidental can emerge and diverge, questioning the place of the production of meaning and the meaning of production". In the joc exhibition a combination of the craft, design and fine art practices can be detected side-by-side, the crossbreds and the purebreds. This exhibition has no format, other then to celebrate jewellery and its related world. What is precious and what is non-precious seen through the eyes of artists will transform relationships and positions of normality. It is made special by the reflection of who we are and what we like to be. This exhibition invited artists to look beyond, but not away from the phenomena of object ornamentation and object psychology. Trends and fashions occupy the object maker in its transfixed craft art practice, which is shared closely but not exclusively by the fine art temperaments.

    Peter Deckers (Curator)

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  • Great oaks from tiny acorns: the beginnings of TESOL in New Zealand

    Wallace, Leith (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    TESOL is now a multi-million dollar industry, and an integral part of the New Zealand education system, but it had its beginnings as a foreign aid initiative, based in a two-storey brick and wooden house at the edge of Victoria University's campus. Some great names in education in New Zealand have been part of this development, centred on the English Language Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. The history and importance of the institute is recorded.

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  • Experiential learning in the multicultural classroom as applied to a Market Research class

    Klose, Markus (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Society's expectation of tertiary education providers, and especially polytechnics, is that they will "produce" skilled, workforce-ready graduates. Tertiary teachers are expected not only to provide students with relevant knowledge of an academic discipline, but also to develop employability skills in students .This paper discusses the author's experience in using an experiential learning strategy for a second-year degree paper in the field of Market Research to a multicultural group of student from Asian backgrounds. The author's aim is to provide students with a learning environment, where they can acquire discipline knowledge and skills which are relevant for their future employment. This paper does not provide a systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of this approach, but aims at sharing ideas and experience with participants of the Learning and Teaching Conference in an interactive round-table discussion.

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  • Cooperative learning: theory into practice

    Baker, Trish (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    At the 2008 IASCE/IAIE conference in Turin, Trish Baker and Jill Clark presented a model for using assessed cooperative learning techniques with ethnically and linguistically diverse groups. The model consisted of four steps: training lecturers in cooperative learning techniques, training students in cooperative learning techniques, monitoring the groups' performance, and debriefing both lecturers and students. This research paper and presentation reports on a New Zealand tertiary business course that piloted the model with culturally diverse student groups. Results from this pilot study suggest that the thorough preparation and monitoring of diverse student groups by a lecturer trained in cooperative learning techniques led to superior academic achievement and greater student satisfaction for most groups. Successful groups were able to identify the skills they had acquired from the cooperative experience, particularly the transferable skills. Not all groups, however, derived the full benefit from the use of the model. Issues of individual motivation, openness to feedback,and a lack of generic skills contributed to the comparatively poor performance of one of the groups. The results of this research project suggest that the challenges of implementing cooperative learning groups wih culturally and linguistically diverse groups may be met by ensuring that both lecturers and students follow the guidelines outlined in the model. This paper recommends further trialing of the model with a larger sample.

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  • Developing the Pacific nursing workforce

    Southwick, Margaret (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Currently, the New Zealand nursing workforce is predominantly pakeha. The growing proportion of Pacific people in the wider population is not being reflected in the New Zealand nursing workforce. Previous research by Southwick showed that Pacific Island students had a high drop out rate from nursing programmes. In 2004, the Bachelor in Nursing (Pacific) programme commenced at Whitireia Community Polytechnic. Challenges and results of this programme are discussed.

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  • Cooperative learning: a double edged sword

    Baker, Trish (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Although there has been very little research done in co-operative learning in New Zealand, international research is positive about the educational benefits of working in culturally diverse groups. This paper presents the findings of a research project examining New Zealand experiences with co-operative learning in multicultural groups. The paper presents findings from surveys and focus groups with both domestic and international students and with New Zealand tertiary lecturers who use collaborative learning techniques in their programmes. The findings from this research indicate that there is a strong cultural conflict in the conceptualisation of cooperative learning between international students with little prior experience of cooperative learning and New Zealand lecturers who are often not fully prepared to help international students to bridge the gaps. The majority of international students value lecturers' programme content delivery and the achievement of high marks over the development of interpersonal skills; this is contrary to New Zealand lecturers' belief that the development of team skills is the most important outcome from cooperative learning. This cognitive dissonance reinforces the importance of understanding cultural differences and their impact on student patterns of classroom behaviour. This paper recommends that domestic and international students be prepared more effectively for cooperative learning and that lecturers be trained in designing curricula and assessment programmes that are pedagogically sound and culturally accommodating. The paper proposes a model to assist lecturers to achieve this aim.

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  • Elearning and academic workloads: what is the role of professional development

    Haggerty, Carmel (2011-11-24)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Academic workloads are influenced by many variables, such as the preparedness of the academic, the institutional eLearning philosophy, institutional support processes and professional development available. Due to these complex variables it is difficult to measure academic workloads in isolation. However, one key variable -- professional development -- stands out as having the potential to make a substantive impact on academic workloads.

    A research project exploring academic workloads in eLearning across four applied health degrees highlighted a disconnect between academics and the service groups supporting them. Discussion groups and individual interviews were undertaken with academic staff, their programme leaders, online learning support staff and senior management, providing an institutional overview of what is a complex issue.

    Most academics within applied health degrees commence their educational career as specialists within their chosen profession, rather than as professional educators. Professional development related to teaching and learning is varied and in some cases nonexistent. This is no different in the case of academics working within the eLearning environment. Professional development is often focussed on the technological aspects of eLearning rather than its pedagogy, and is reported by academics as a barrier to implementation. With little preparation for their role as educators, is it any wonder that academics within the applied health sciences are often struggling with incorporating eLearning into their teaching? Key reasons reported by academics were:

    • that eLearning increases their workloads, particularly during design and development,

    • that the technology is complex and often unreliable, and

    • that engaging with students online was too time-consuming.

    One key recommendation from the research was that professional development that focuses on the pedagogy and practice of teaching and learning is critical in supporting academics to better understand and manage their own workloads within the eLearning context.

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  • LATAR: A framework for paper design and lesson planning

    Haggerty, Carmel (2011-11-25)

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    This presentation introduces the LATAR framework along with seven principles and provides examples of using the framework for curriculum alighnment, paper development and lesson planning in the Health Faculty at Whitireia Polytechnic.

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  • Trailblazers - primary health care programme evaluation

    Holloway, Kathy (2009-12-23)

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    Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Trailblazers are those that forge the way to enable others to follow. This report is an evaluation of the academic journey undertaken by a group of newly graduated nurses who were sponsored by a New Zealand District Health Board (DHB) to work in a variety of primary health care nursing settings. The impetus for this pilot employment option was the Ministry of Health's focus on primary health care nursing and workforce development for this sector and the Expert Advisory Committee for primary health care nursing's recommendations to DHB's regarding employment of graduate nurses and support for them to engage in post graduate study. Evaluation participants were primarily the graduate nurses who were interviewed at the end of their first year of practice which was following programme completion then again nine to ten months later. Findings include the nurses reflections on what supported them and what acted to impede as barriers to their learning success and practice development. The report concludes with five recommendations that can be used to ensure that the travels of future newly graduated nurses taking this pathway are supported, safe and successful.

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  • Initiatives to support the professional development and leadership role of mental health nurses

    Eggo, Debbie (2008-12-31)

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    This paper focuses on a review of the literature to identify current initiatives in the clinical setting that support and develop the professional development and leadership role of mental health nurses. Using the concept of advanced practice I reflect and consider the learning opportunities available to mental health nurses such as education programmes and post graduate scholarships. From experience, these opportunities make an impact and positive difference toward advancing practice and improved health outcomes. Never the less I contend that it is equally important to promote support of the leadership role of mental health nurses in a New Zealand healthcare environment currently grappling with the considerable problem of nurse shortages and turnover. Nurses are responsible for providing leadership in the clinical setting, maintaining competencies to practice, and are legally/ethically accountable for their practice. They must use professional nursing judgement when undertaking the direction and delegation role. So the question I ask is ‘how can the leadership role of mental health nurses be supported and developed in the clinical setting’?
    The key themes to emerge from this literature review are training programmes, organisational support, job satisfaction and retention. The contribution that this literature review makes to nursing includes recommendations for nurse leaders and managers who recognise and are dedicated to the support and development of their most valuable resource – staff. The literature revealed the importance of: 1. flexible educational programmes, accessible in terms of when and where offered, which allows nurses to successfully balance clinical practice responsibilities; there is also opportunity for further research in this area of enquiry. 2. Organisational support for the professional development of nurses, and crucial toward this is the establishment of a nursing culture focused upon educational advancement, evidence based practice, health improvement and organisation effectiveness. 3. Managers must apply a leadership style based around partnership with staff, to forge genuine relationships, to create a culture of retention through a strong focus on both the professional development and personal growth of staff.

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  • Slowly but surely: Tortoise's winning strategy: A case study of undergraduates' beliefs, reported use and actual use of vocabulary learning strategies in mastery of academic and technical vocabulary in BN year one

    Silvester, Mary (2010-01-11)

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    This study investigates what first-year EAL nursing students believe about vocabulary learning, what strategies they report using, whether there are patterns in their actual use of vocabulary learning strategies as they read technical texts, and whether there are discrepancies between reported and actual use of particular strategies. In a case study, evidence of reliability is provided by "carefully documenting and reporting the details of the observation procedure, and by including a rich description of the participants, the situation, and the researcher's role in the observation process and his or her theoretical perspective" (Bachman, 2004, p.726). To this end, an affective interview, three observations using think-aloud protocol, a stimulated recall session, receptive vocabulary tests and receptive and productive medical vocabulary tests were used.

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  • The way things are done around here: perceptions of clinical leadership in mental health nursing

    Trimmer, Wendy (2009-12-24)

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    Clinical leadership is the cornerstone to improved health outcomes and workforce development (Graham, 2003; Mental Health Workforce Development, 2005). This research project explored nurses' perceptions of clinical leadership in mental health nursing practice. Within New Zealand no research exists that evaluates the role and impact the clinical leadership has in mental health nursing practice. From personal experience and discussion with colleagues I argue that clinical leadership in terms of support and guidance for nurses is often minimal and that there is a relationship between qualities of clinical leadership and poor retention rates of mental health nurses. The prime objective of this study was to increase knowledge about clinical leadership in mental health nursing practice. This research used a quantitative descriptive methodology, utilising survey design. A questionnaire was used to rank the attributes of the person the respondents identified as a clinical leader. The data was collected from 30 registered nurses working in mental health settings within the central region of New Zealand. Data analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) Version 10, including descriptive statistics and group correlations. Three open-ended questions sought the respondents' opinion of how clinical leadership influenced their nursing practice, what clinical leadership skills were useful for assisting and retaining nurses and what barriers existed to prevent effective leadership. Responses to the three open-ended questions were analysed for their thematic content. Findings indicate that there is room for improvement with regard to clinical leadership in mental health nursing practice. Clinical leadership is perceived to be more effective by nurses in their second year of practice and in community settings. A statistically significant difference was indicated between nurses in their second year of practice and nurses in their third year of practice in terms of their ranking of clinical leadership abilities. Overall the respondents perceived poor communication and poor attitude as the biggest barriers to effective leadership. Support and good role models were said to influence nursing practice positively and the skills that were identified as being helpful in assisting and retaining nurses were mentorship and good communication. The results of the study are discussed in relation to the literature on transformational leadership skills. Finally, the general limitations of the study are outlined and implications for future research are discussed.

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  • Libraries in Japan, Korea and China: a report by Ailsa Parker: Travelling scholarship to Asia, November to December 2002

    Parker, Ailsa (2010-01-11)

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    Awarded a Travelling Scholarship to Asia which was funded by the Ministry of Education and ACENZ, Ailsa Parker, a librarian from Whitireia Community Polytechnic, visited twenty-one libraries in Japan, Korea and China in the space of 23 days in November / December, 2002. These included national, university, high school and public libraries. Access to the libraries was gained through sister-city contacts, ACENZ links, Proquest International and National Library Associations. The importance of correct protocol, especially in Japan, became apparent when setting up appointments. The aim of the trip was to compare and contrast library conditions in those countries with those in New Zealand. Library literature indicated many differences and the literature and personal experience were used to develop criteria for observation. By dissemination of the results of the trip, it is hoped to improve the effectiveness and relevance of the library experiences offered to international students.

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  • Resourcing a research culture: the roles of the library and the research assistant at Whitireia Community Polytechnic

    Parker, Ailsa (2010-01-08)

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    In 1994 the New Zealand Qualifications Authority granted Whitireia Community Polytechnic approval for a nursing degree and in the year 2000, the School of Computing introduced a Bachelor of Information Technology. The granting of these degrees, with their research component, has meant that a research culture has had to be developed. Characteristics of productive research environments have been identified as including resources, particularly human resources. Since staff teaching on a degree programmes have to be actively engaged in research, there is increasing pressure to teach as well as research. As with many tertiary institutions, this demand often puts staff in an unbalanced situation, unable to find the time for research given a sometimes heavy teaching load. The institution has reacted to this pressure and new patterns of support are emerging. A case study approach, using organisational role theory, is used to examine Whitireia Community Polytechnic's strategies of resourcing research and researchers. Documentary sources such as reports and policy documents and participant-observations are used to analyse the roles of the research assistant and of library services. The primary function of these supporting roles is to be of practical and academic assistance and to ensure that the staff are properly channeled through the necessary research processes and networks that could help them. The efficacy of these roles at Whitireia Community Polytechnic is discussed in terms of research literature and role theory. Both roles, in different ways, were found to be contributing to a productive research environment. Suggestions are made for future research.

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  • 'Three Key Elements' Mental Health Delivery Toward Maori

    Neilson-Hornblow, Cherene (2009-12-24)

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    This project titled 'Three Key Elements' Mental Health Delivery Toward Maori explores literature on mental health service delivery in Aotearoa/New Zealand for Maori over the last thirty years. The evolution of changes in mental health delivery is traced and how this has affected Maori mental health status, Maori socioeconomic realities and the delivery of mental health services to Maori. This paper traces the changes to three modes of mental health delivery from a psychiatric institution in the 1970s through to community-focused care in the 1980s, and telenursing in the 1990s. In this project I position myself using a metaphor which encompasses my cultural, personal and professional area of expertise in mental health nursing. Interwoven are reflective accounts of my brother Sidney's journey as a tangata whaiora in mental health services. I explore those factors which our whanau had to challenge in response to poor access, information and support in mental health at this time. I also trace Maori realities and Maori health status in the 1950s and the transition of Maori to urban society through to the 1960s. Urbanisation provided opportunities and also pressures for Maori and it was these pressures that led to Sidney becoming unwell in the 1970s. A renaissance in the 1980s of Maori activism explores Maori expression to improve Maori health status and better socioeconomic conditions. The Treaty of Waitangi as the foundation of health policy and service delivery is discussed. Cultural safety was developed to educate nurses about cultural awareness and difference in providing nursing care. In the 1990s kaupapa Maori services were established demonstrating improved service delivery, with Maori health professionals and Maori mental health frameworks which endorse Maori by Maori services. The paper concludes by exploring mental health telenursing and recommendations for healthcare delivery to improve the health of Maori. My vision for futuristic health and wellbeing for Maori is to provide a nationwide kaupapa Maori healthline.

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