Looking back and looking ahead

By Anne Hobby, Tumuaki (General Manager)

Nau mai! Haere mai! You’re invited! 20 October is our Annual General Meeting.

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Te Piki Oranga’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is fast approaching, scheduled for 20 October. We hope you can come along and join us to summarise the busy year that’s just ended.

I wish to thank all those involved with Te Piki Oranga over the past year for their support, skill and innovation. It has taken a broad health community to bring about Te Puna Hauora, a Māori model of health unique to Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui. Alongside the obvious partners of Iwi, Marae, Māori Women’s Welfare League, Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH), Nelson Bays Primary Health and Marlborough PHO there are a network of community organisations, whānau and individuals who have supported and assisted us on our journey.

October also brings the end of our original three-year contract with NMH, our primary funder. From this point forward, our NMH contract is what is known as ’evergreen,’ meaning it will be automatically renewed or rolled over at the end of each contract period. I am delighted to have the confidence and commitment of NMH given all the hard work by the Board and Kaimahi of Te Piki Oranga to earn their trust over the last several years.

There has also been no loss of funding to Māori health through the formation Te Piki Oranga. In fact, NMH has increased its funding to Māori health providers in recent years at a level that is greater than the increase they received from Crown funding.

We now move into the new financial year with a trusted partnership, dedicated kaimahi, and much work to do!

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.

With your basket and my basket, the people will live. This is a whakatauākī that refers to co-operation and the combining of resources to get ahead.