Tui OraThursday 30 August 2012, 9:17AM
Media release from Tui Ora
A new approach to lift the standard of health for Maori and people
with high needs in Taranaki received strong support when it
was launched in New Plymouth today (August 29).
Taranaki health and social services provider Tui Ora Ltd and the
National Hauora Coalition today launched Te Kawau Mārō at Te Piere
o Te Rangi at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki. The
service aims to stop the cycle of poor health by taking an
integrated approach to the health requirements of Maori and
high-needs clients by tackling social issues as well where
Te Kawau Mārō heralds a new era in health for the region. It sees
Tui Ora Ltd join forces with the National Hauora Coalition, a
national organisation dedicated to improving services to Maori and
those most in need. The new approach in Taranaki falls under the
Whanau Ora umbrella.
The alliance between Tui Ora Ltd and the National Hauora Coalition
will allow a more holistic approach to clients' health needs under
the Te Kawau Mārō model.
For example, if a patient whose health is suffering is struggling
to make ends meet, then it will not merely be the patient's health
problems that will be treated. Tui Ora Ltd will also have access to
services through the National Hauora Coalition so that it can
examine the patient's financial difficulties which may be
contributing to poor health. Budgeting help and advice on shopping
for more nutritional food may help improve the patient's
Similarly, a client who presents with high blood pressure will not
only be treated but will be referred to a DSM nurse who will
educate him or her on the benefits of a better diet and exercise to
avoid heart disease.
Tui Ora Ltd chief executive Hayden Wano said improving health was
the priority for Te Kawau Mārō.
"The objective is to make a significant difference in improving
health outcomes for our population. This will be done in
partnership with the other providers in the sector.
"But when we treat people, we need to also examine wider issues
that may be contributing to poor health and find solutions."
He said Te Kawau Mārō created the opportunity to work closely with
iwi and hapu to achieve this goal.
"This is very much the beginning of a process but we are already
starting to make a difference for our people.
"Our aim is to have our services accessible to a wider number of
people in Taranaki, and we will continue to work collectively to
improve the lives and whanau that we service."
National Hauora Coalition Chair, Dr Cindy Kiro, said they were
delighted to be working with a like minded organisation like Tui
"We agree that a coordinated and integrated approach is the way to
help whanau with the greatest needs." - Ends
Contact: Hayden Wano phone 0274434238
Te Kawau Mārō marks a new era in health services in Taranaki.
It takes a holistic approach to health services by examining wider
Te Kawau Mārō is driven by health and social services provider Tui
Tui Ora Ltd unites with the National Hauora Coalition to access
more services under the Whanau Ora model.
Tui Ora Ltd has 140 staff, and is an established Maori Development
Organisation (MDO) operating as a "Lead Contractor" with a 'for
Maori by Maori' focus, on the specific needs of Maori in
Taranaki.. It is an umbrella organisation for:
- Maori Health and Social Service Providers, providing support in
contract negotiations with funders.
- Maori workforce development;
The National Hauora Coalition is a Whānau Ora organisation with
a national Primary Health Organisation (PHO) containing over 60 GP
practices. Its members represent a full range of providers and
organisations serving more than 330,000 Māori and non-Māori
high-needs whānau throughout New Zealand.