The Forgotten Coast: Ngati Porou's hidden health crisis

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The Forgotten Coast: Ngati Porou's hidden health crisis

Rose and Helen
Ngati Porou Hauora chief executive Rose Kahaki and GP Helen Gardyne are working to improve the coast's dire health outcomes

The East Coast north of Gisborne is one of the most isolated and economically deprived areas of the country, and its mostly Maori residents experience some of the worst health outcomes. Iwi health provider and PHO Ngati Porou Hauora is trying to turn the tide of what it calls decades of official neglect. Cliff Taylor travelled to the coast to hear their story ON A glittering autumn morning, one of the world's largest cruise ships lies at anchor off Gisborne, disgorging hundreds of well-heeled passengers into small boats headed for the shore. The sound of a Maori welcoming party drifts from outside the wine centre on the harbourside.

It bears little resemblance to the October day in 1769 when Captain James Cook, immortalised in a statue near the beach, landed in search of provis, Hauora Tairawhiti chief executive Jim Green, Jim Green