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

Acting Chairperson

Denis Greenslade

Denis Greenslade

Trustee

Emily Tamepo

Emily Tamepo

Trustee

Te Takinga New

Te Takinga New

Trustee

Willow Salvador

Willow Salvador

CEO

Operations Team

William Tiopira

William Tiopira

Operations Manager

Dr. Suzanne Gower

Dr. Suzanne Gower

Policy Advisor

Angela Pohe

Angela Pohe

Administrator

Deina Fremlin

Deina Fremlin

Finance Administrator

Lisa Dunster-Ellis

Lisa Dunster-Ellis

Administrator

Mike Tahu

Mike Tahu

Turangi Hub Coordinator

Morgan Tukaki

Morgan Tukaki

Taupo Hub Coordinator

Whanau Pepi and Tamariki Team

Gael Te Rangi RN

Gael Te Rangi RN

Whanau Pepi and Tamariki Manager

Dee Houia

Dee Houia

Kaitiaki & Parentcraft Support

Erenora Simeon

Erenora Simeon

TAMARIKI ORA KAITIAKI + Awhi House Coordinator

Fiona Terry RN

Fiona Terry RN

School Nurse

Inhee Song RN

Inhee Song RN

Tamariki Ora Well Child Nurse

Shona Richardson RN

Shona Richardson RN

Tamariki Ora Well Child Nurse

Whanau Care and Independence Team

Sharon Rye RN

Sharon Rye RN

Whanau Care and Independence Manager

Tiaria Konui

Tiaria Konui

Kaumatua Programmes

Demita Tukaki

Demita Tukaki

TE AKA MATUA KAIAWHINA

Emma Malpass RN

Emma Malpass RN

Long Term Conditions

Rangi Gardiner‐Tooman

Rangi Gardiner‐Tooman

HBSS Team Leader

Whanau Engagement Team

Bella Moke

Bella Moke

Whanau Engagement Manager

Maria Hoko

Maria Hoko

Whanau Ora Tiwhana

Sharon Fletcher

Sharon Fletcher

Breast & Cervical Support Worker

Margaret Herewini

Margaret Herewini

Maori Disability Support Coordinator

Linda Northcroft

Linda Northcroft

Whanau Ora Tiwhana

Marjorie Thompson

Marjorie Thompson

FAMILY START SUPERVISOR

Dana Barrett

Dana Barrett

Family Start Whanau Worker

Lovie Kara

Lovie Kara

Family Start Whanau Worker

Tracey Hutchings

Tracey Hutchings

Family Start Whanau Worker

Sue Glentworth

Sue Glentworth

Family Start Whanau Worker

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)

Let us walk you through how

Tuwharetoa Health
Can Help You

Turangi Office

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

    07 384 2882
   07 384 7550

Hours

8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Monday to Friday

Taupo Office

66 Paora Hapi Street,
The White House
Taupo

   07 378 4512

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