Pou Whirinaki - Dr Rāwiri Keenan

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, tēnā koutou katoa

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koutou kua tae mai ki Te Whare Tohu Rata o Aotearoa.

Ko Rāwiri Keenan tōku ingoa, ko au tō koutou Pou Whirinaki hei kaiāwhina, hei kaitautoko hoki i a koutou ngā rata Māori i Te Whare Tohu Rata. Ko Te Akoranga a Māui te pou tokomanawa mō tātou katoa heoi anō, māku katoa koutou e awhi i roto i o koutou mahinga kia tutuki pai ai to tohu.

A warm welcome to you from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (Te Whare Tohu Rata o Aotearoa). My name is Rāwiri Keenan and I am the College’s Pou Whirinaki. My role is to provide pastoral and clinical support to you while you are training on the GPEP programme.

I'm a GP based in the Waikato region, however, I grew up in Taumarunui and whakapapa to Taranaki. I have been involved in teaching for a few years and have held my role as Pou Whirinaki for the College for the last two years.

Over the coming year, I will be in contact with you, sending the odd email, visiting you, encouraging you to come to our Te Akoranga a Māui chapter peer group hui and events for support and collegiality. Furthermore, towards the end of your first training year, I encourage you to attend the Te Akoranga a Māui sponsored GPEP1 Māori and Pasifika registrar clinical mock exams we hold to prepare you for the GPEP1 clinical exams.

I want you to know that my door/email/phone is always open to you to get in touch. The usual college supports are there, but as Māori, we often come across other challenges both in our work and home lives and I am here to help with that if required, both as an ear but also as an advocate.

Do feel free to get in touch even just to say Kia ora! Even better give me a like or message on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pouwhirinaki/?fref=ts#

Twitter: @drrawiri

Email details: pou.whirinaki@rnzcgp.org.nz