“Some people think, you just go and look after people but it’s not just that” says newly graduated Te Hiku Hauora home support worker, Ngahuia Christoffersen.

Graduates of the NZQA National Certificate in Health & Disability – Level 2 were all in agreement that caring for our loved ones and whanau members in their homes involves so much more than simply sweeping floors and making beds. Their training has helped them to understand and appreciate the various scenarios that they may encounter whilst providing cares and more importantly how to resolve those scenarios in a manner that is safe for both the client and the support worker.

The graduates were thrilled to have a formal recognition of their work and whilst many of them found the training challenging; having the peer support from each other and the Home Support management team provided them with the encouragement and impetus to complete their training. Whilst the certification provides national and professional recognition of their ability and competency to provide home support cares to whanau in the community; all the graduates agreed that caring for our elderly and disabled is both rewarding and fulfilling and the certificate is recognition of a work that many of them love and enjoy. Graduate Cynthia Shailes summed it up in saying “We are not just house cleaners, we genuinely care for those we help. I just love it”

Graduants in Photo from L- R:
Cynthia Shailes
Viki Brown
Suzie Lal-Deo
Ngahuia Christoffersen
Thelma Poharama