Local industry includes agriculture, horticulture, fishing, farming and forestry. Wine production is also valuable to the local economy. Natural attractions include an extensive coastline of sandy beaches with renowned surfing breaks as well as natural bush and farm land. Nowhere is ever too far away from the Coast.
Ngati Porou Hauora (NPH) was established as a not-for-profit charitable organisation in 1994 after considerable consultation with local communities. Its aim was to ensure the ongoing locally controlled provision of sustainable, appropriate, high-quality, integrated health services to all people (approximately 6,000) within the Ngati Porou rohe. NPH covers some 200 km of the East Coast of the North Island from Potikirua near Hicks Bay in the north to Te Toka-a-Taiau, Gisborne, in the south.
Since its inception, NPH has been owned and managed by a Board of elected enthusiastic and passionate community members representing the various local communities of the East Coast, and it has provided services at low or no cost to its registered patients.
NPH delivers health and disability services to predominantly Maori clients, although certainly not exclusively to Maori clients. What does distinguish the service is the kaupapa and the delivery framework. Health services are out in the community, on marae, in the local hall, at the sports field and in the homes and workplaces of our patients as well as in our GP clinics and hospital.
The first health service contract, obtained in 1995, was for residential mental health. NPH went on to integrate the general practice clinics on the East Coast and obtained increasing numbers of other service contracts.
The health statistics of our people are challenging and so the overriding purpose and aspiration of everyone who works at NPH is the wellbeing and health of our whanau. It’s a unique challenge. But it is this very challenge that unites the NPH team.
For staff joining the NPH team the sights and sounds of the ocean and our mountains are just some of the appeal. The opportunity to live right in the community you are working to help is special and these days quite rare. The opportunity to look at health from not just a biological perspective but a more holistic approach engenders respect and understanding for the patient and staff member alike.
Hikurangi te maunga
Waiapu te awa
Ngati porou te iwi
Nowhere else in New Zealand is remotely like the gorgeous East Cape. Maori community life is at the forefront here, with each stunning bay hiding a remote marae (meeting house) and village.
Gisborne and the East Coast is our place. We deliver health and disability services to predominantly Maori clients, although certainly not exclusively to Maori clients.
Ngati Porou Hauora Charitable Trust (NPH) was established as a not-for-profit charitable organisation in 1994 after considerable consultation with local communities.