DHBs look to increase Maori and Pacific workforce

Only 11 percent of the staff at Counties Manukau DHB are Pacific people.

Three Auckland district health boards and the Health Ministry are digging deep to boost Maori and Pacific representation in the health workforce.

The "grow your own" workforce initiative has been led by Counties Manukau DHB in south Auckland where Pacific people comprise 21 percent of the local population but just 11 percent of the staff of the DHB, including at busy Middlemore Hospital.

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