Ngā Puna Whai Oranga – Workers leading health and safety

What is Ngā Puna Whai Oranga?

Ngā Puna Whai Oranga — the many springs of health — is an E tū worker leadership programme to improve health and safety outcomes for Māori, Pasefika, and migrant workers in manufacturing and other sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The idea is that the many whai (springs or streams) that make up the New Zealand workforce come together to create oranga (health).

How will this course improve my health and safety?

The course aims to bring together E tū members – Māori, Pasefika, and migrant workers – to strengthen workers voice around health and safety.

It will connect you with each other and help you to develop the skills and knowledge to recognise and reduce health and safety risks to yourselves and your workmates.

What does the course cover?

By the end of this two-day course, you will:

  • Understand health and safety hazards and risks in your workplace and in Aotearoa
  • Have the tools to make improvements to prevent accidents from happening in the first place
  • Build skills to collaborate and consult with workers, union members, and managers to prioritise health and safety
  • Start to create a proposal to management for more opportunities for workers to lead and participate in managing their own health and safety at work
  • Set goals for future health and safety improvements

Ngā Puna Whai Oranga is made possible with the help of a generous grant from ACC.

Welcome from Te Runanga o E tū Convenor

E tū Te Runanga’s National Convenor, Sharryn Barton