May 2023

In this month's pānui, you'll find updates from the National Māori Housing Conference, kōrero from our team and stories from a range of our local community events.
“Kia tū tika ai Te Whare tapu o Ngāpuhi” May the sacred house of Ngāpuhi always stand firm.

Ka Tika te Kōrero

Tēnā koutou katoa,

This will be a monthly pānui to share with you what we do to serve Ngāpuhi whānau and the wider community within the boundaries of Te Whare tapu o Ngāpuhi and beyond.

You will find the following in this pānui:

  • National Māori Housing Conference
  • Taki o Autahi
  • Mid North Locality Hui
  • Te Rōpū Kaumātua Kuia o Ngāpuhi
  • Our New Kaimahi
  • Paiheretia Te Muka Tangata
  • Census Whānau Day
  • Throwback to earlier this year!
  • Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi at Waitangi
  • Hui with the Census team

We would love your feedback on the future of local hauora services.

  • Do you have suggestions on how Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi can work alongside other services to better provide for the community?
  • Whānau voice is important to us! Do you have feedback you can share?

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We look forward to staying connected with you.

National Māori Housing Conference

In late March, our CEO Tia Ashby delivered a keynote address at the National Māori Housing Conference in Rotorua. The conference serves as a unique platform for various regions to showcase their leadership and contributions in the Māori housing space. Its aim is to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information, networks, and aspirations to formulate solutions for affordable and quality housing for Māori communities.

This event provides an opportunity for Tangata Whenua, Ministers, Agency officials, and representatives from the regional, community, and private sectors to come together to add strategic value to the Māori housing sector. The conference promotes a forward-focused view to improve Māori housing outcomes.

If you missed the live-stream, you can watch it by clicking on the link below:

National Māori Housing Conference 2023

From left to right: Waitai Tau, Jesse Gordon and Raymon Ashby part of the Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi Housing Team.
From left to right: Wayne Knox (Te Matapihi), Matua Fred Sadler our Pou Arahi, Tia Ashby, Bree Davis (Te Runanga o Whaingaroa CEO).
From left to right: Geoff Milner (Ngāti Hine Health Trust CEO), Matua Fred Sadler our Pou Arahi.

Taki o Autahi

The success of the National Māori Call Centre breast screening campaign, which led to 87 wāhine booking screenings within our rohe, can be attributed to the partnership between Taki o Autahi - a partnership in telehealth.

From left to right: Simone Coffin, who is the interim CE due to Karen Vercoe moving to DIA – Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Tia Ashby – Te Hauora O Ngāpuhi, Glynis Sandland – Whakarongorau Aotearoa, , Waylyn Tahuri-Whaipakanga - Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, Laurie Watt - Te Arawa Lakes Trust

The purpose of the breast screening programme is to:

  • Find cancer at an early stage; which is when treatment has the best chance of leading to a cure.
  • Reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer.

Breast screening saves lives by finding breast cancer early, before it can be seen or felt. It also reduces the number of deaths from breast cancer.

Our team has had two campaign objections, to contact wāhine who are registered, eligible, and/or due for their Breast Screen and to contact wāhine who are eligible but not yet registered on the National Breast Screening Database.

This table shows that 102 calls were made, and 87 bookings resulted. 40 of those were generated from a text message, and 47 came from cold calling the wāhine in the data set. Call Advisors have been cleaning the data as they make calls, highlighting that 41 contact details are invalid and returned to Te Whatu Ora, 10 contacts opted out, with 4 contacts moving out of the area.

Based on the results above, the campaign proved to be a success with a total of 87 wāhine now booked in for breast screening within our rohe. A large success component comes from our kaimahi with lived experience who have their own Breast Cancer journey, this experience helps them relay the importance of wāhine prioritising their health. Our kaimahi show empathy, patience and understanding when listening to wahine share any fears they may have about getting a breast screen.

We look forward to completing the pilot phase of this campaign and understanding barriers our whānau go through so we can better serve our wāhine!

Mid North Locality Hui

Ngāpuhi had the first of many hui to connect and discuss the approach to improving the hauora of populations, as well as organising health, housing and social services to meet the needs identified by whānau, hapū, community providers and the Iwi Māori Partnership Board at the Mid North Locality Hui.

Te Rōpū Kaumātua Kuia o Ngāpuhi

Our esteemed Kaumātua Kuia have commenced their fortnightly gatherings, where each session centers around a distinct kaupapa. Our team has had the honor of hosting two sessions to date, the first of which focused on their Health and well-being. During this session, they shared their knowledge and experiences through digital media, emphasising the importance of staying connected.

The subsequent session focused on the stimulation of their Hinengaro, Tinana, and Wairua, providing a holistic approach to their well-being. Along the way, our Kaumātua Kuia shared stories and experiences, bringing about lots katakata and joy. They relish in catching up with their whanaunga while having a great time.

Our New Kaimahi

We are thrilled to announce that our team has recently expanded with the addition of 9 new kaimahi in the month of March. We are excited to have them join us and bring their unique skills and experiences to our team. A warm welcome to:

  • Hector as our Clinical Support Kaimahi
  • Jean as our Fleet and Asset Manager
  • Tenari as our Infrastructure Kaimahi
  • Sarah as our Infrastructure Administrator
  • Marianne as our Diabetes Coordinator
  • Ta as our Kaiarataki Navigator
  • Set as our In-House Counsel
  • Kevin as our Executive Assistant
  • Kuenitelina Tanginoa as our Whānau Resilience Kaimahi for Social Services

Paiheretia Te Muka Tangata

The Paiheretia Te Muka Tangata presentation in Kaikohe was held with the aim of raising awareness about the kaupapa and fostering stronger relationships with relevant stakeholders in the community to enhance whānau outcomes. The event was led by the Paiheretia Manager, Jay Hepi, and his exceptional team!

Census Day 2023

On March 7th, Ngāpuhi organised a Census Whānau Day with the primary objective of increasing the census response rates in Tai Tokerau. The event was packed with exciting activities, competitions, and lots of laughter. The day turned out to be a huge success, and our team was able to assist in filling out 350 forms.


Throwback to earlier this year

We are now approaching the end of April, and it has been a very busy start to the year for our team. Here is some information and insights into the work we have been doing earlier this year.

Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi and Hato Hone at Waitangi

A memorable day for our team joined with St John at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, promoting our services and answering any hauora pātai that whānau had.


Hei homai hiko te raraunga ki a mātou. Data gives us power!

Census is our chance to represent ourselves, whānau, communities, and cultures. Census gives us the power to create change that benefited all of us; in our lives, towns, schools, hospitals, and streets.

Our team was able to meet up with the Census team prior to Census Day 2023 and discuss the importance of being counted, for our hapū, iwi, and whānau.


Introducing Ara Tahere

Kaikohe Isolation Services and Social Services for Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi. Ara Tahere shares her passion and love for her mahi with Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi. Ara talks about helping the community and whānau understand the services that Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi offer and how they can best be accessed.


Introducing James Tamanui Stevens

James Tamanui Stevens, Health Advisor. James outlines his role as a Health Advisor and a Covid Response Advisor for Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi. James illustrates the need for a Māori line to build cultural safety and comfort for whānau.