Tēnā tātou katoa,

On behalf of Otago Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga, we would like to invite you to join us at one of the workshops we are holding across our region between May 9 – 11, 2023.  Please see the information below from the Project Lead – Helen Jeffery.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Who are we?

We are from Te Pūkenga Otago Polytechnic, from Te Kura o Whakaora Ngangahau/School of Occupational Therapy

What are we doing?

We are exploring delivery of the Whakaora Ngangahau/Occupational Therapy program in Te Tai Tokerau, using an apprenticeship model.

Why are we doing this?

We believe that an apprenticeship model will make the training more accessible and feasible for prospective students and their whānau; and will ultimately grow the occupational therapy workforce in Te Tai Tokerau.

What are we seeking?

We invite input from any person or group who are interested so that the education opportunities are co-created in a way that will best work for the communities of Te Tai Tokerau.

Who is welcome?

Prospective students, iwi representatives, prospective employers of occupational therapists, health care providers (mainstream, NGOs, private), occupational therapists, health care educators, Te Pūkenga kaimahi, and anyone else who would like to contribute.

How are we doing this?

We have gatherings planned in:

Whangārei 9th May 9.00am – 3.00pm,

NorthTec Raumanga Campus

ILC Building, D350,

51 Raumanga Valley Rd, Whangarei (square building to the left of our campus marae)

Ngāwhā 10th May 9.00am – 3.00pm,

NorthTec Ngāwhā Campus

Ngāwhā Innovation and Enterprise Park,

5435 State Highway 12, Kaikohe

Kaitaia 11th May 9.00am – 3.00pm,

NorthTec Kaitaia Campus

7 Redan Rd, Kaitaia (Old Council building on the corner)

Do I need to come all day?

The morning will be about occupational therapy and the degree level apprenticeship concept. The afternoon will be kōrero where together we can explore the best way forward to create a good fit for the region. Come for all or some, whatever you are able to manage.

Programme for each day:  (Times between 10am – 2.55am flexible depending on how the day is progressing)

9am – 10am       Whakatau followed by light morning tea

10am – 12pm    Presentation of kaupapa

12pm – 1pm      Lunch

1pm – 2.55pm  Kōrero and co-design

3pm                       Closing karakia

Please share to your networks. For catering purposes, please RSVP by COB Friday 5th May.

To RSVP:    – click here