Whakapiki Ake

The Whakapiki Ake M.A.S.H (Māori Achieving Success in Health) program at the University of Auckland’s Waipapa Marae is a four-day intensive kaupapa for Year 12 Māori students. It’s laser-focused on advanced sciences—Biology, Chemistry, and Physics—with a clear goal: preparing these students to become influential figures in health science. The program will give them the critical skills and knowledge to tackle pressing health issues.

Students participating in Whakapiki Akes MASH Workshop for health careers

Mentorship for Real-World Impact

The M.A.S.H program’s core is a robust mentorship system, linking students with Māori students currently in tertiary alongside seasoned health professionals and academics. This isn’t just about support; it’s about developing a deep, understanding connection that roots students in the reality of health sciences while being fully aware of their unique cultural standing. This mentorship is pivotal for navigating a career in health and equipping students to bring about tangible changes in their communities’ health outcomes.

Building Practical Skills

The program isn’t just educational; it’s a breeding ground for the next generation of health leaders. M.A.S.H propels students to see themselves as participants in health science and as pivotal influencers and decision-makers. It emphasises their critical role in shaping healthcare policies and practices, urging them to be at the forefront of innovation and advocacy for the health and well-being of Māori people. The program doesn’t just prepare students for a career; it prepares them to be changemakers in healthcare.

Students inside University of Auckland Lecture theaters during a workshop in our MASH Programme
Whakapiki Ake students participating in a M.A.S.H Workshop for Māori tikanga.

Whakapiki Akes M.A.S.H Testimonials

“I really enjoyed the hospital visits. We got to go around the rooms and learnt about the different health professions. I particularly enjoyed the anaesthetic technician and escape room. “. – Year 12 from Westlake Girls’ High School

“The interactive workshops were the best for me. I was able to learn about potential healthcare careers more easily in a more hands-on setting. I found it more interesting than just talking to them and was able to take more away due to not getting bored.” – Year 12 from Papatoetoe High School .

“The three most important things I took away from M.A.S.H was: Be proud to be Māori, don’t be afraid to engage with new people, and it’s important for me to pursue a career in healthcare to represent my people. “ – Year 12 from Karamu High School.

“M.A.S.H helped me to be okay outside of my comfort zone – you never know how your peers are feeling, so just support them; the learning and friends I’ve made, I hope they are for life. – Year 12 from Lynfield College