The Northland Age

Te Whatu Ora chairman taking pulse of Muriwhenua health reforms


A newly formed Muriwhenua Māori Health locality will today welcome Rob Campbell, chairman of the Health New Zealand/Te Whatu Ora Board, to the Far North.

Campbell will visit rural health centre Tohoraha at Pukenui, Te Hiku Hauora, and Kaitaia Hospital to see how things are progressin­g with the Taikorihi Working Group.

The group is made up of several Far North health, iwi and community services who worked together during the response to Covid-19.

The focus for localities is to create health and wellbeing organisati­ons to work together to improve healthcare.

Errol Murray, Whakawhiti Ora Pai general manager, is part of the group and said Campbell was interested to see how things were coming along in the region.

“Here in Muriwhenua, we are one of the first 12 ‘prototypes’ across the motu (country),” Murray said.

“We want to avoid people getting sick, help whānau stay well and to give iwi and communitie­s a strong voice in deciding what is needed in our rohe (area).

“He [Campbell] is keen to visit rural health and community services, with the main focus of his visit being on the developmen­t of the Taikorihi locality, to discuss with us our aspiration­s and plans.

“Localities are a new way of organising health services in our community, as part of the health system reforms now underway.”

According to the working group, the collaborat­ion of many services, iwi and agencies working together in the Covid-19 response showed the capacity in this locality to reach whānau, make decisions and to respond rapidly while collaborat­ing on a common kaupapa (goal).

The name Taikorihi was gifted to the Muriwhenua locality and refers to the turning of the tide at its lowest point and the change as it begins to flow again.

It speaks to the environmen­tal surroundin­gs that have shaped the region and acts as a metaphor for the “change in direction, the change in health legislatio­n and the seeking of change in health outcomes for the people of Muriwhenua”.

Taikorihi includes Whakawhiti Ora Pai, Te Hiku Hauora, Broadway Health, Hauora Hokianga, Ngāti Kahu Social Services, Aupōuri Ngāti Kahu

Te Rarawa Trust (ANT), Te Runanga o Te Rarawa social services, Te Hiku Iwi Developmen­t Trust, other iwi agencies, NorthAble Matapuna Hauora, Healthy Families NZ, Te Mana Oranga, Te Whatu Ora Tai Tokerau and public health team, Te Tai Ora, Mahitahi PHE and others.

The roupu (group) meets weekly to progress the kaupapa and welcomes other interested partners.

If you would like more informatio­n on the health reforms, localities, and how to get involved, contact interim programme manager Dr Clair Mills on: 0274343747.

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