Our StoryCommunity- based health service
Photo: Dr Janice Wenn (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Hinewaka, Ngati Moe)
with Ngā Toa Whakaihuwaka Hauora trophy, 2013
The kaupapa for Whaiora was first considered in 1996 at a hui at Papawai Marae, Greytown. Ngāti Moe hapu, led by Dr Janice Wenn and Kim Workman, structured a proposal for a ‘by Māori for Māori’ community-based health service for the Wairarapa. Initially Whaiora Whanui was developed under the umbrella of the Ngāti Kahungunu Māori Executive, Taiwhenua (NKMET). With the mandate from Wairarapa hapū, Whaiora Whanui became an autonomous entity and was established as a Charitable Trust on 13 December 2000.
Teresea Olsen - Chair
Ngaere Webb - Secretariat
Ngāti Kahungunu no te Wairarapa,
Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto, Rangitane,
Ngāti Moe, Ngāti Hikawera, Ngāti Kaiparuparu, Ngāti Kahungunu
Piriniha Te Tau
Ngāti Hamua o te waka Kurahaupo
Mihi Keita Namana
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Te Arawa
Ngāti Te Whatuiāpiti ki Ngāti Kahungunu no te Tamatea,
Te Hapū o Ngāi Tūmapūhia-ā-Rangi ki Wairarapa
Whaiora. Our mahi
In December 2000 the hapu members of NKMET Board gave Whaiora Whanui the mandate to become our own autonomous entity. Whaiora Whanui Trust registered as a Charitable Trust on 13 December 2000.
Whaiora has delivered a range of health and social services within the Wairarapa community since its inception.
We are a Whānau Ora Lead Provider. In addition, we were instrumental in the establishment of
Ko Te Aroha Early Childhood Education Centre.
Whaiora Medical Centre
Whaiora Medical Centre was established in 2010 to provide affordable healthcare.
It is Wairarapa’s only Very Low Cost Access (VLCA) General Practice.
Māori Health Workforce Development:
Whaiora is a strong advocate for nurturing our upcoming clinical and social service workforce. We regularly host student placements, including medical students from the University of Otago, New Zealand. We have also hosted medical students from Glasgow University, Scotland. In 2016, Whaiora was approved as a Teaching Centre for Registrars. Whaiora and Te Hauora Runanga o Wairarapa also host dental students from the Otago School of Dentistry. We acknowledge Kevin Wong’s Dental Clinic for their support and supervision of these students.