16 Feb 2011

Health scholarship programme to honour Maori psychiatrist

8:09 am on 16 February 2011

A new foundation has been set up to encourage Maori health leadership.

Maori health workforce development organisation Te Rau Matatini says the Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation will take over the administration of an existing scholarship programme that has helped more than 200 Maori students to graduate in clinical health over the past decade.

A spokesperson Kirsty Maxwell Crawford says the new foundation is a fitting tribute to Henry Rongomau Bennett - the country's first Maori psychiatrist

She says the foundation will also award health scholarships in the names of Bob Henare and Harry Pitman.

It will also manage the Indigenous International Exchange programme which gives Maori health professionals the chance to work in indigenous health in Australia and Hawaii.