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Te Whe

Te Whe is our 1-day fully immersive kaupapa designed to inspire Māori rangatahi into healthcare professions, offering hands-on experiences and real world examples of medical careers.

Students engaging in practical chemistry and biology workshops at Grafton Campus, Auckland University.

Hands-on Learning Experience

Students engage in a spectrum of practical healthcare activities, closely mirroring the dynamic healthcare environment like a hospital. Our program is designed to be hands-on, allowing students to actively participate in various health operations and medical procedures under the watchful eye of our seasoned healthcare professionals, gaining real-world skills and knowledge.

Aspiring Health Professionals

Te Whe also immerses students in university life, allowing them to explore lecture halls and engage with professors and students. This experience bridges secondary education and university, offering a valuable preview of health sciences studies. It’s an opportunity to understand the academic path ahead, improving students’ practical healthcare learning.

Student from Tauranga Boy's College bandaging a dummy during the Te Whe workshop at Tauranga Hospital.
Whakapiki Ake students posing for a photo with the St John's helicopter and emergency response team during Te Whe..

Te Whe Testimonials

“Even if you’re not looking to go into a health science career, the course is still very interesting. It explains lots of different subject pathways which is really helpful. It’s always good to have lots of people with basic first-aid knowledge in case of an emergency. I think it really helped to build my confidence too.” – Year 10 from Tauranga Girls College.

“I enjoyed all of it but liked doing the IV injections into the dummy the most. It has made me interested in health and to help people by wanting to become a doctor. I want to study health to be a doctor.” – Year 10 from Te Wharekura O Mauao.

“The objective is to highlight health career opportunities to rangatahi and provide them with an opportunity to meet health professionals from all different specialties.” – Bay of Plenty district health board Kia Ora Hauora.

“Invited to the Whakapiki Ake – Te Whe programme, where 4 of our Year 11 students looked at health careers at the University of Auckland. They were fascinated by the Whakaaro Pai, Medical Sciences Learning Centre and found learning about Optometry – a career which combines physics and health, good work-life balance and a great salary. It was a good taster for what they might learn if they choose to study health.” – Otahuhu College.

“The visit to the rescue helicopter and learning about emergency response was a highlight for me. It’s sparked an interest in paramedicine I didn’t know I had.” – Year-11 student at Otumoetai College.