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Response to course, workshops overwhelming

“People don’t care what you know until they know how much you care. It is about building relationships, seeing where people are at and not pushing your values and ideas on them.”  (Ngakiri Antonovich, Pasifika Health Promotion workshop participant)

Comments from students and participants at HPF’s short course and workshops this year ranged from “eye-opening, motivational and thought-provoking to well-presented”.

They agreed that they had also come away with a better understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the key determinants of health and the Ottawa Charter.

Students who completed HPF/MIT’s Certificate of Achievement in Introducing Health Promotion short courses in Auckland and Kaitaia said the course had also given them a new-found enthusiasm for their work in the community.

“The information was super-interesting, relevant, empowering and quite confronting,” said Kim Esau from the Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa.

Mihiwira Henare of Te Runanga o Te Rarawa said for someone who had not studied for more than 10 years the course had given her a sense of motivation to relearn things.

Chanel Roberts of Te Hiku Hauora said most of her colleagues had already been on the course and had raved on about how amazing it was going to be.

The former hairdresser admitted she wasn’t too keen on studying, but the course was “pretty amazing”.

Participants at the Pasifika Health Promotion workshops in Whakatane, Dunedin and Auckland said they came away from the workshops armed with new information and knowledge that would help them better serve their communities.

Trish Fleming from Hospice West Auckland who attended the last workshop for the year at the Waitakere Resource Centre said she gained a better understanding of how to “meet Pasifika families where they are at”.

Jill Iti of the Royal District Nursing Service NZ said the workshop refreshed her ideas and beliefs and provided impetus to develop a workshop for staff.