In 1996 at a hui at Papawai Marae in Greytown, Ngati Moe hapu led by Janice Wenn and Kim Workman developed a proposal for 'by Māori for Māori' community based health services for Wairarapa and named the service WHAIORA WHANUI - this service was developed under the umbrella of Ngati Kahungunu Māori executive Taiwhenua (NKMET).
In December 2000 the hapu members of NKMET Board gave Whaiora Whanui the mandate to become our own autonomous entity. Whaiora Whanui Trust was registered as a Charitable Trust on 13 December 2000.
Whaiora has delivered a range of health and social services within the homes and the Wairarapa community since our inception, we were also instrumental in the establishment of Ko Te Aroha Early Childhood Education Centre.
In 2010 Whaiora Medical Centre was established, the towns only Vey Low Cost Access (VLCA) General Practice - which enabled doctors visits at an affordable cost. This was in response to the need to improve access for Masterton people with the greatest health needs.
Māori Health Workforce Development
Whaiora is a strong advocate for nurturing the up and coming clinical and social workforce. We regularly host student placements from all over NZ, so they are able to experience working in a kaupapa Māori organisation with a comprehensive range of services. Whaiora has also hosted three medical students from Glasgow University, Scotland as part of their practicum.
In 2016 Whaiora was approved as a Teaching Centre for Registrars.
Whaiora and Te Hauora Runanga o Wairarapa host dental students from Otago School of Dentistry to gain clinical experience in our region and allows whanau lost cost oral health treatments. We acknowledge Kevin Wongs Dental Clinic for the support and supervision they provide to these students.