March 27, 2015
DHB boosts Maori nurses
Hawke's Bay District Health Board has increased the percentage of Maori in its workforce, but it is still falling short of its target.
Over the past year the number of workers describing themselves as Maori increased from 11 to 12 percent.
That’s 39 people short of its 13 percent target as it tries to work towards what is calls a more culturally competent workforce.
The DHB is the largest employer in the region, where Maori make up 25 percent of the population.
Chief nursing officer Chris McKenna says the biggest opportunity to increase Maori representation is by hiring more Maori nurses.
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