Te Piki Oranga helps drive Te Tau Ihu health outcomes

By Anne Hobby Tumuaki (General Manager)

From left: Peter Bramley (CE, NMH) , Anne Hobby (GM, TPO), Jane du Feu (Chair, TPO) and Angela Francis (CE, NBPH)

From left: Peter Bramley (CE, NMH) , Anne Hobby (GM, TPO), Jane du Feu (Chair, TPO) and Angela Francis (CE, NBPH)

A recent highlight for me and for Te Piki Oranga (TPO) was the signing of the Top of the South HeaIth Alliance (ToSHA) agreement. For the first time, a Māori health provider has been welcomed as an equal partner to this coalition of Nelson and Marlborough’s primary health organisations. TPO joined Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH), Kimi Hauora, and Nelson Bays Primary Health (NBPH) with the aim of improving health outcomes by transforming health care services, integrated resource management and decision making.  Because of our tikanga and values TPO will always bring something different to the table. By continuing to work collaboratively as partners, we will be able to improve quality of service, equity and health outcomes for those with the greatest health challenges, keeping whānau at the centre of all we do.

He waka eke noa
— A canoe which we are all in with no exception

Signing of the TOSHA agreement by Nelson Marlborough Health, Kimi Hauora and Nelson Bays Primary Health


Finally for the year, the festive season is here. Some of us will approach it with caution while others will throw themselves into it headlong. Yes, it is a time of joy and whānau celebration, but it can also be a time of pressure and anxiety. No matter what your plans are, it is a good time for all of us to reflect on our values.

A very good family therapist once told me to “give freely to my children those things that do not cost money”.  This is consistent with Māori culture as many of the values we treasure are not measured in money. Whakawhānaungatanga, preparing a meal together, playing a game on the lawn or the beach, singing whānau waiata, presenting a talent show, laughing together – no matter what, they are all free to do, together. Remember, money is not the reason for the season.

Meri Kirihimete ki a tatou katoa.