Maori health stu­dent re­warded


Thames man Tu­raukawa Bartlett has been named Maori Trainee of the Year at the 2017 Ca­reer­force Work­force De­vel­op­ment Con­fer­ence held in Welling­ton this month.

Bartlett was among 33 peo­ple to grad­u­ate with the in­au­gu­ral wave of Health and Well­be­ing Ap­pren­tice­ships, launched in 2016 by Ca­reer­force, the in­dus­try train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion for the health and well­be­ing, youth work and clean­ing in­dus­tries and dis­abil­ity sec­tors.

He was ex­cited to be named win­ner.

‘‘Ehara taku toa, he tak­i­tahi, he toa tak­i­tini,’’ he said, which trans­lates to ‘‘My suc­cess is not just my own’’ in ac­knowl­edge­ment of the role played by his wha¯nau.

When his son was di­ag­nosed with autism at 18 months, he and his wife moved back to New Zealand and made the de­ci­sion to take a new di­rec­tion to­gether. While his wife stud­ied to be­come a coun­sel­lor, Bartlett worked to­wards com­plet­ing his ap­pren­tice­ship in Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tion Support.

He said his son, now seven and non-ver­bal, is reap­ing the ben­e­fits of thier choices.

‘‘I hope my train­ing will al­low me to make an im­pact be­yond my im­me­di­ate fam­ily, and help wha¯nau over­come strug­gles with ad­dic­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘There is al­ways a bet­ter a day to come. It might take a bit of hard work but it will come.’’


Tu­raukawa Bartlett.

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