Ringa Atawhai Mātauranga
Ringa Atawhai Mātauranga was established specifically to meet the challenges of an aging population and inequalities in health
Some issues of concern that Ringa Atawhai Mātauranga PTE aims to address include: Eighty-three percent of employees in public health positions have some tertiary qualifications, but only a low percentage, have specific qualifications in public health. There is no united public health voice to influence curriculum development in education and training. The public health workforce needs increased skills and expertise to lead health sector and community action to promote and improve health and reduce inequalities. There are significant inequities in the availability of, and access to, training. There is little collaboration between training providers, or between the public health sector and tertiary education providers. A large proportion of the provider workforce is unregulated, with little or no professional infrastructure, standards or career pathways.
The History of Ringa Atawhai

A group of people sat around a heater in Nellie Para’s garage and made the decision to form Ringa Atawhai Trust. This followed the first training programme for community health workers, which was delivered from Kotahitanga Marae – Kaikohe.

1986 to 2014

Community Health Workers training continues throughout Te Taitokerau.

1986 to 2014

Healthy lifestyle hui promoted throughout the community.


Health and Disability certification achieved.

2014 - Current

NZQA registration and accreditation achieved. Ringa Atawhai Mātauranga established.

National Certificate in Hauora (Maori Health) L4 delivered.

NZ Certificate in Public Health and Health Promotion (L5) commences.

NZ Certificate in Kaupapa Māori Public Health (L4) commences.

NZ Certificate in Tikanga a Rongoa Maori (L3) commences.

NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (PCA) L4 commences.

NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing – with strands in Community Health Work, Mental Health and Addiction Support and Social Services (L4) commences.

NZ Certificate in Manaaki Marae (L3)

NZ Certificate in Te Hiringa o te Taiao (Maori Environment Practices) L4