Matawai locals choose to stay safe and immunize against influenza. Image: Maria Barbarich-Waikari.
Turanga Health in Turanganui-a-Kiwa or Gisborne, is a Maori health provider built on a vision of ‘kia whai oranga-a-whanau mo nga whakatipuranga’ or ‘building family wellness for future generations’.
It offers holistic care for the three Turanga iwi: Ngai Tamanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, and Te Aitanga a Mahaki, but opens its doors to other patients too.
Turanga Health has 60 staff including 11 nurses, one contracted GP, and 65 caregivers providing home-based care in the community. Staff work mainly out of a campus on Derby Street, Gisborne, and a general practice in Te Karaka. Turanga Health also includes the Vanessa Lowndes Centre; a base for programmes and services for people who experience any kind of disability. Students at tertiary education provider EIT also benefit from the services of Turanga Health staff.
Traditional boundaries of Turanganui-a-Kiwa encompass Te Toka-a-Ahuru in the northeast, Paritu in the south, to Matawai in the west. There are over twenty active Marae within the rohe of Turanganui-a-Kiwa, each of which play a key role in the development and provision of health services in this region.
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