Our Philosophy

“To improve the health of all who reside in the rohe of Ngati Tuwharetoa”
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The Story of Tuwharetoa Health

Tuwharetoa Health was born out of the needs of our community. In the mid-nineties, the health status of our whanau was in serious decline. In an effort to find a solution, a hui was called to discuss what could be done. As a result, the call was put forward to set up a local Maori health provider that could cater to the needs of whanau, and work in a kaupapa Maori way. Te Ariki Ta Hepi te Heuheu, convenor of the hui, was supportive of the call but when asked if the provider would only provide services to Maori, he responded that the provider should work to “improve the health of all who reside in the rohe of Ngati Tuwharetoa” and deliver services to the whole community. When Tuwharetoa Health was finally set up, this statement from Ta Hepi was adopted as our guiding vision.

Initially, Tuwharetoa Health was set up as a limited liability company (Tuwharetoa Health Services Limited – THSL) and was able to secure funding to begin delivering services in the central north island. Over the years, THSL was able to extend their suite of services to include Tamariki Ora, Kaumatua Programmes, Health Promotions, Long Term Conditions Nursing, Maori Disability Support and Mental Health activities programmes. Working closely with regional funders, local providers and our whanau, Hapu and Iwi, THSL was able to establish strong relationships and connections.

In 2009, an internally commissioned review recommended that THSL should look to change to a Charitable Trust structure, to be able to capitalise on more opportunities for funding and support. This change was implemented late in 2009 and THSL became Tuwharetoa Health Charitable Trust (THCT). Since 2009, THCT has continued to work to realise the vision that we still hold – To improve the health of all who reside in the rohe of Ngati Tuwharetoa.

Our Vision

To improve the health of all who reside in the rohe of Ngati Tuwharetoa

Tuwharetoa Health Charitable Trust is the largest Kaupapa Maori Health provider in the central North Island. Since 1995 Tuwharetoa Health has been providing health and social services in Taupo, Turangi, Mangakino and the surrounding area. From our offices in Turangi and Taupo, we provide support for whanau across the age range.

Tuwharetoa Health has a strong connection to the community, whanau, Hapu and Iwi of Ngati Tuwharetoa, that gives us a strong vested interest in helping and supporting whanau to lead healthier and more independent lifestyles. Our service delivery kaimahi work in three teams, the Whanau Pepi and Tamariki team, the Whanau Engagement team, and the Whanau Care and Independence team, with the support of our operations team.

Our services are available Monday – Friday (8am-5pm), if you would like more information call us on (07) 384 2882 (option 2) or come in to see us at our Turangi or Taupo offices.

Useful Links:
Pihanga Health
Lakes DHB
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Tuwharetoa Health Logo

The design aims to reflect the essence of the land, waters and its people. The mountain indicates its place in the land and its spiritual and historical significance to the people of the area.

The koru within signifies the people and the life-giving forces of the waters that flow from the mountain to form the large lake at the base of the mountain. The base of the mountain is curved, signifying an imbalance. The raparapa or curves at the opposite side of the mountain maintains the balance.

The importance of maintaining “balance” is a reflection of the health and well-being of the people who live within its area.

Board of Trustees

Ian Farquhar

Ian Farquhar

Chairperson

Denis Greenslade

Denis Greenslade

Trustee

Emily Tamepo

Emily Tamepo

Trustee

Te Takinga New

Te Takinga New

Trustee

Gus Te HeuHeu

Gus Te HeuHeu

Trustee

Robert Kereopa

Robert Kereopa

Trustee

Willow Salvador

Willow Salvador

CEO

Executive Management Team

Dr. Suzanne Gower

Dr. Suzanne Gower

Chief Operating Officer

Maria Hoko

Maria Hoko

Pou Herenga

Sharon Rye RN

Sharon Rye RN

Clinical Advisor & Privacy Officer

Angela Pohe

Angela Pohe

Executive Assistant to CEO

Anthony Hemopo

Anthony Hemopo

Project Manager

Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin

Whanau Engagement Manager

Dana Barrett

Dana Barrett

Whanau Pepi and Tamariki Manager

Operations Team

Dionne Martin

Dionne Martin

Taupo Hub Coordinator

Janese Valentine

Janese Valentine

OPERATIONS TEAM LEADER

Waipera Whaiapu

Waipera Whaiapu

Taupo Hub Coordinator and Community Connector

Lisa Dunster-Ellis

Lisa Dunster-Ellis

Finance Administrator

Glenda Kitney

Glenda Kitney

Administrator

Terressa Puhi

Terressa Puhi

Turangi Hub Coordinator

Anahera Simeon

Anahera Simeon

Operations Team Trainee

Shayne Peden

Shayne Peden

Taupo Hub Coordinator and Community Connector

I.T Department

Masum Billah

Masum Billah

Head of Data Science and IT

Te-Rauna McKenzie

Te-Rauna McKenzie

I.T Support Analyst

Pakeke Hauora Mai
Dr. Suzanne Gower

Dr. Suzanne Gower

Pakeke Hauora Mai Manager

Tiaria Konui

Tiaria Konui

Kaumatua Programmes

Sharon Fletcher

Sharon Fletcher

Breast & Cervical Support Worker

Tini Bluegum-Waru

Tini Bluegum-Waru

Te Aka Matua Kaitiaki

Deina Fremlin

Deina Fremlin

HBSS Coordinator

Rangi Gardiner‐Tooman

Rangi Gardiner‐Tooman

HBSS Team Leader

Janine Colpman-King

Janine Colpman-King

Long Term Conditions Nurse

Whanau Pepi and Tamariki Team

Dana Barrett

Dana Barrett

Whanau Pepi and Tamariki Manager

Gael Te Rangi RN

Gael Te Rangi RN

Child Health Senior Practitioner

Dee Houia

Dee Houia

Kaitiaki & Parentcraft Support

Meiying Tawhai

Meiying Tawhai

Family Start Kaimahi

Shona Richardson RN

Shona Richardson RN

Tamariki Ora Well Child Nurse

Emma Leather

Emma Leather

Tamariki Ora Well Child Nurse

Venus Whareaitu

Venus Whareaitu

Family Start Kaimahi

Sarah Keremete

Sarah Keremete

Whanau Pepi and Tamariki Coordinator

Debra Brown

Debra Brown

Family Start Kaimahi

Manu Fox

Manu Fox

Tamariki Ora Kaitiaki

Erenora Simeon

Erenora Simeon

Kaitiaki

Tricina McGregor

Tricina McGregor

Family Start Kaimahi

Elise Tupara

Elise Tupara

Family Start Kaimahi

Nicole Donaldson

Nicole Donaldson

Awhi House Coordinator

Whanau Engagement Team

Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin

Whanau Engagement Manager

Nadia Marshall

Nadia Marshall

Housing Tiwhana

Binney Chase

Binney Chase

Kaimatakitenga

Raiha Marshall

Raiha Marshall

Whanau Engagement Coordinator

Katrina Richter-Flett

Katrina Richter-Flett

Housing Tiwhana

Karla Martin-Kirikau

Karla Martin-Kirikau

Housing Tiwhana

Margaret Herewini

Margaret Herewini

Maori Disability Support Coordinator

Katie Jolly

Katie Jolly

Kaiwhakamanawa Ora

Ruby Blaikie

Ruby Blaikie

Perinatal Kaitiaki

Linda Northcroft

Linda Northcroft

Nga Tini Whetu Kaitiaki

Feleti Lolohea

Feleti Lolohea

KaiWhakamanawa Ora

 Monica Duff

Monica Duff

Whanau Ora Tiwhana

Rachel Richardson

Rachel Richardson

Kaiwhakamanawa Ora

Kaupapa

Health is a “Taonga

Health is embodied in the model of empowerment
It is a right
It is embodied in the past
The culture and the traditions

It embraces the four dimensions of:
Te Wairua
Te Hinengaro
Te Tinana
Me te whanaungatanga

Principles

Honour the tradition of our forebears – Tupuna

Support the Treaty of Waitangi
Enhance the quality of life
Harmonise our strategies
Strive for continuous innovation and improvement
Operate according to our values
Provide sustainable economic, social, cultural benefits for Iwi/Hapu
Create a positive environment that provides opportunities for the whanau (family)

Resource

The visionary statement indicates the right of the people of Ngati Tuwharetoa and all people living in the area to seek and live their lives in a way that maintains their integrity, well-being and health.

Tuwharetoa Health Charitable Trust Strategic Plan
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He Korowai Oranga: Maori Health Strategy
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Whakatataka Tuarua: Maori Health Action Plan 2006 – 2011
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Primary Health Care Strategy
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New Zealand Health Strategy 2016: Future Directions
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Treaty of Waitangi

The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion

Tuwharetoa Health Child Protection Policy
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If you do not hear from us in a suitable time frame please contact us via one of the phone numbers below

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Turangi Office

Community Health Centre,
28 Te Rangitautahanga Road,
PO Box 326,
Turangi

    07 384 2882
   0800 WHARIKI (0800 9427454 )
   07 384 7550

Hours

8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Monday to Friday

Taupo Office

80 Tuwharetoa Street
Taupo

   07 378 4512

   0800 WHARIKI

Hours

8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Monday to Friday

Awhi House

17 Paekiri Street, Turangi

   022 043 3001

Hours

9.00am – 3.00pm
Monday to Friday