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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
This funding will support training Māori in the non-regulated workforce to develop formal competencies in their current role, and potentially move into other health sector roles.
Information about this can be found in our Māori Health workforce development section.
Well Child Tamariki Ora is a free programme providing a series of free health visits and support for families with children up to 5 years old. Find out more from the Ministry of Health about what the visits cover and when they should happen.
Find a provider for free health visits for all children on the Coast, including kaupapa Māori providers.
The B4 School Check is the final Well Child Tamariki Ora free health and development check for your 4-year-old. It’s a great opportunity to get an idea of your child’s health and talk to a nurse about anything that is worrying you.
Information about different Māori health providers on the West Coast and the services they provide.
Find out about your options for Māori health services, including cultural support workers, health promotion and Kaumātua support.
An information page published by Nelson Marlborough Health covering such things as health professionals’ cultural competency, the cultural appropriateness of health services and health literacy within the Maori community by increasing awareness of cancer signs and syptoms and by increasing understanding of the cancer pathways and processes.
On that page you will also find links to video clips, including:
A booklet that helps you stay informed about cancer.
Page last updated: 5 August 2020
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