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Māori health – health services
Division: Māori HealthPoutini WaioraWest Coast DHB

The main Māori health provider in Te Tai o Poutini is Poutini Waiora.

Poutini Waiora is mainly a mobile service with kaimahi visiting whānau in their homes or other appropriate settings across the West Coast. It provides professional Māori cultural services including:

  • Whānau ora registered nurses
  • Social services
  • Kaiarataki health promotion and community support
  • Well Child Tamariki Ora checks
  • Advice and education for mothers and whānau
  • Visits from kaumātua
  • School attendance officer
  • Counselling
  • Alcohol and other drugs counselling
  • Anger management and domestic violence


Poutini Waiora website

Free call 0800 333 170

Hokitika (Main Office)

03 755 6578
 17 Sewell St, Hokitika
 PO Box 271, Hokitika 7842

Greymouth (Mawhera Office)

 62 Shakespeare Street, Greymouth 7805

Westport (Kawatiri Office)

03 789 7548
The Denniston Room, Buller Health, Pakington Street, Westport

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Register online

0800 456 121

It costs extra to go to a health clinic if you aren’t enrolled. Signing up will give you better, faster, cheaper access to health care when you need it, and means you will have a team that knows who you are.

Sign up before you need help.

Poutini Waiora can help you enrol with a local clinic, or you can contact Te Tai o Poutini Primary Health Organisation for more information.

03 768 2523 or 768 0965

Meet our Māori Health Team under the ‘Contact’ tab on this page.

The Complex Clinical Care Network has a Māori Clinical Needs Assessor who can help choose the right care for you or an older family member.

Well Child Tamariki Ora is a programme offering free checks for babies and children under 5. All tamariki should have the B4 School Check before they turn 5.

027 681 3112
PO Box 248, Westport

Whare Whakaruru provides short term Marae-style accommodation to support whānau of patients at Te Nīkau, Grey Hospital & Health Centre.

Marae-style accommodation means in some instances people will be asked if they are prepared to share with others.

The whānau facility is run on Tikanga Māori practices that must be upheld. The Māori Health team are available at all times to support whānau should the need arise.

Find out more about Whānau House

Use of Whānau (Family) Facility – Policy Document [PDF, 133 KB] 

Whānau House Booklet [PDF, 196 KB]

Tell the Admitting Officer at Te Nīkau, Grey Hospital & Health Centre reception that you have a need for the facility. The Admitting Officer can make a request for accommodation to the Social Work Department. They will need to know the name of the patient, which ward they are staying in, how many support people they have, and the arrival time.

Visit ‘About Hauora Māori’ in our About us section for more information, including training, support agencies, Māori Health strategy, Tikanga best practice guidelines, and Māori Health publications. 

Page last updated: 5 August 2020

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