Whānau support interviews | Te tautoko a te whānau

Whānau support interviews | Te tautoko a te whānau

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini e

Mine is not the strength of one alone, but the strength of many


As a values-based organisation and in consideration of our organisational commitment to He Pou Oranga Tāngata Whenua we want people applying for roles with us to feel welcome and respected. We want to demonstrate an intelligent integration of tikanga Māori into our processes.

A key element of the recruitment process is an interview. The interview process can sometimes be limited as a means of assessing an individual’s fit and suitability for employment, particularly for cultures where self-promotion is not encouraged and does not occur naturally. In te ao Māori, one of the hallmarks of leadership is whakaiti. This is demonstrated in humility and regularly redirecting the focus of achievement and success away from the individual to the group.

To address this important cultural difference and to ensure our interview process works effectively for all cultures, Bay of Plenty District Health Board believes having whānau/support person(s) with interview candidates is the right thing to do.