Hauora Māori pay scale
Tena ra Koutou nga kaimahi Hauora Māori I “Te Pukenga Here Tikanga Mahi”.
Kia hiwa mai ki te kaupapa nei, hei whakatikatika to tatou ‘take’ rangatira.
Maranga mai maranga mai.
This survey has now closed. We are currently collating and analysing the results, and will share them with members as soon as they are available.
Tell us if the Hauora Māori pay scale works for you and your job
The PSA is preparing for the Allied Health and Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) bargaining which will begin in April 2015, and we are looking at a range of matters that we may want to raise.
We'll be surveying members about Appendix G of the current agreement: Hauora Māori Worker – Assessment of Clinical and Cultural Competency for the Purpose of Placement on the Hauora Māori Worker Salary Scale.
It has been in the agreement since 2008, without being reviewed, and we think the time has come to look at it and see if it is delivering what our members need and expect.
The survey is being sent directly to all PSA members who have identified as Māori and are covered by the Allied Health and Technical MECA.
Mau te rourou, Maku te rourou
Ka ora te iwi.
The clause is aimed at providing a consistent approach to the assessment of employees in positions that come within the definition of Hauora Māori Workers in terms of their cultural knowledge and expertise. Combined with an assessment of the employee’s clinical competence, it allows the relevant DHB manager to determine the appropriate level on which to place the employee. It provides for a salary scale and progression on merit, and for an assessment process to determine placement and progress. There are three levels: basic understanding; full competence; and advanced/expert. To support the assessment process, the clause includes a full and useful description – Pukenga Māori Motuhake - of what the competencies are and how they are demonstrated in each of Au, Whanau and Whanaunga.
The knowledge and skills of te ao Māori are therapeutically valuable for many service users and patients, and are a large part of what our Māori members bring to their work.
Some members have said that they (and the employer) have been unaware of the clause; some say that they are placed on it, but have seen their salary fall behind the general allied health scale because of reaching the top of the Hauora Māori scale and not progressing beyond it.
We want to find out how the skills and knowledge are being recognised and whether the Hauora Māori Worker clause is working as it was originally intended.
We are asking our Māori members who are covered by the allied health agreement, to find out:
- whether and how the clause is applied to our members
- if it works for them
- to get ideas on things that might improve it and what we might then raise in bargaining or in another forum with the employers.
We would be grateful if you could respond. All information will be collated anonymously and the final report will not identify individuals.
The survey closed on 30 January 2015.