By Anne Hobby, Tumuaki / General Manager
Te Puna Hauora is our model of care for whanau across Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka o Maui.
What is really exciting about working in Te Piki Oranga is that it gives us all the opportunity to work under a Māori model of hauora. Māori health providers have struggled for years to hold on to their cultural values while meeting the expectations of DHB/MOH contracts. Te Piki Oranga was fortunate that those involved in setting up the organisation gave this some thought. They devised a Whānau Ora based model of care that brings together a range of Māori health kaimahi - Ngā Pūkenga Atawhai (nurses), Ngā Whānau Kaimahi-a-Iwi (social workers), Ngā Pūkenga Manaaki (navigators), Ng Pūkenga Hauora Hinengaro (mental health workers including child and adolescent mental health clinicians and alcohol and drug counsellors). These teams enable us to place you at the centre of our services, to support you through challenging times and to make sure that we cover off everything that you need to get and remain well.
We have renamed the model that we use Te Puna Hauora because it’s unique to Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka o Maui. This will mean that we will no longer be confused with the many other Whānau Ora initiatives throughout Aotearoa. Dr. Melissa Cragg has conducted a piece of research into how this new approach is working and what improvements can be made. Click here to read an update about this. Sonny Alesana, our Te Pou Taki – Cultural Advisor explains why we chose Te Puna Hauora as a name. Te Puna Hauora is evolving as we get feedback from whānau on what works and is a journey we are taking together.