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Workforce Development

If you’re a Pacific health professional working within Counties Manukau Health, then the Pacific Workforce Development Programme can provide a range of opportunities for you to get involved in areas such as leadership, mentoring, career development and networking.


Develop your personal leadership skills and career as a Pacific health professional. We can support you to reach your full potential as a professional, giving you access to tools and resources. This includes developing your:

  • leadership style
  • skills in critical and creative thinking
  • resilience
  • managing stress
  • emotional intelligence
  • confidence
  • self-awareness

Share your knowledge and experience and take on a new challenge with our leadership and career development opportunities.


Providing one-to-one mentoring support for final year Pacific health students is a major focus of Programme W&AT! and helps them transition to the workplace. Students from AUT University, University of Auckland, Manukau Institute of Technology, Massey University and Unitec are matched for mentoring. Mentors provide their time on a voluntary basis. Mentors play a critical role, walking alongside students to role model success and help them to achieve their goals. They provide a sounding board for the student, providing a fresh perspective and helpful feedback. They share knowledge and provide encouragement in a supportive way.


  • Develop and strengthen your mentoring skills
  • Be a practical and interactive learning experience
  • Provide a positive experience
  • Connect with a wide range of networks, organisations and other mentors
  • Gain a better understanding of Pacific student and family life
  • Provide a culturally and socially enriched experience

To be considered as a mentor you will need to have been in full-time employment for at least 5 years and complete the required application process. 

Mentoring topics covered include:

  • Relationship management and networking with peers/managers/clients/stakeholders
  • Leadership in the workplace
  • Emotional and cultural intelligence
  • Building capability and skills in order to influence

Commitments include:

  • Attendance at mandatory workshops
  • Face to face meetings with students at least monthly (minimum of 6 meetings)
  • Regular contact with student via phone/texting/skype/email/FB
  • Complete timely feedback on progress being made in the mentoring relationship


Our Strategy and Values

Counties Manukau Health's shared vision is to work in partnership with its communities to improve the health status of all, with particular emphasis on Maori and Pacific peoples and other communities with health disparities.

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