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About Te Kōhao Health

Tikanga Māori, Te Reo Māori, Cultural Identity and Mātauranga Māori

Te Kōhao Health is a Marae based Provider of health, social, employment, Whānau ora, education and justice services to a predominantly Māori (80%) client base. There has been extensive research over the years (which has coincided with our experience over 25 years) that Te Reo me ona tikanga are key components of building strong, health and prosperous whānau.

New research has shown that Te Reo Māori even acts as a protective factor against diabetes and other health ailments (Teng, Scott et al. 2019). Therefore incorporating Te Ao Māori (tikanga Māori, Te Reo Māori, Cultural identity and mātauranga Māori) into our organisation and our operations is essential if we are to serve our whānau Māori in a way that is engaging, enlightening and empowering. (Durie, 2009).

Along with our Strategy, Vision and core values which are all derived from Mātauranga Māori we have implemented Whānau ora across the organisation. Whānau ora ensures that Te Ao Māori is permeated throughout all we do, that whānau are at the centre as ‘drivers’ and ‘directors’ of their own destiny. Whānau direct our services and in doing so their tino rangatiratanga is upheld and maintained. Our comprehensive, whānau centred solutions have been time tested and incorporate tailored supports that address the social, health and sometimes justice issues that create educational and employment barriers for whānau.  Central to our delivery are philosophies and principles that are underpinned by Te Ao Māori (Mātauranga Māori).

Our strategic direction is encapsulated by the Te Kōhao Health vision:

“Kia whakatinanatia ko te ihi, ko te wehi, ko te wana me te hauoranga ō te whānau”

Living our Tino Rangatiratanga through Strong, Healthy, Vibrant and Prosperous Whānau.

Our premise is that core Māori values and social constructs are effective in helping people of all ethnicities restore balance. This has proven itself continuously over the decades and we cannot stress enough that this approach is of value regardless of the cultural context – it is not just applicable to Māori.

The Māori Health promotion model Te Pae Mahutonga (a Health Promotion Model developed by Professor Sir Mason Durie, 2011) is a key component of our whānau ora model. The Te Pae Mahutonga model identifies cultural identity (Mauriora) as fundamental to Hauora Māori and for rangatahi in particular, disconnection from Te Āo Māori inhibits personal development. The Te Pae Mahutonga model is holistic and gives us a platform from which to ‘scan’ for areas of need and address those immediately. Mauriora is the one area where whānau continually need support.

Part of our Team Charter (Company expectations of staff and whānau) is Te Reo me ona Tikanga: where staff commit to learning Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga and applying it in their mahi. This illustrates to all staff that Te Kōhao’s expectation of Kaimahi that Te Reo me ona tikanga be learned and delivered to whānau. We have had a number of staff who have completed Te Tohu Pae Tahi at Te Wānanga ō Aotearoa, three of our General Practitioners being among them.

Free expression of Tikanga Māori, Te Reo Māori, Cultural Identity and Mātauranga Māori

Along with our annual Treaty Training, regular Team Meetings discussions and heavy participation in nationally significant Treaty of Waitangi claims, the Treaty is a part of Te Kōhao’s practice and engagement with  whānau . As mentioned above, by supporting  whānau  in the identification of the goals, support and navigation (active protection)  in the delivery of those,  whānau  are able to exercise tino rangatiratanga (self-determination), participate  in society, and be autonomous in their plans (and Pae Aronui is a key part of that autonomy ) for the future.  This all culminates in equity, thus meeting the needs of Māori, Pasifika and other ethnicities.

Te Kōhao Health is a member of the National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA), the Hauraki Primary Health Organisation (PHO) and Lead Provider for the Te Ngira Whānau Ora Collective commissioned by Te Pou Matakana. These relationships are essential to ensuring Te Kōhao can continue to meet the core needs of whānau.

Te Kōhao has refined its service delivery to whānau, having responded to feedback from whānau, adopted learnings from other indigenous whānau and streamlined our services into a multidisciplinary team approach that we have called 'Kia Kotahi'. This method is to ensure that whānau receive targeted holistic health care when they need it. Furthermore, this will ensure whānau have mana motuhake (control and ownership) over their health and wellbeing.

With new technologies and systems, we are always looking at ways to make this process easier for our clients.

“I was down in the dumps, it was a stressful time. I had no money for food, after my bills were taken out each week I would have $9.00 left. Te Kōhao and the team have helped me turn things around. They helped me access food, I now have a great doctor, I sought budget advice, my older sister is now enrolled in the clinic and is enjoying the services available. Things are on the up. In fact, my sister and I are looking at opening a business to help youth.”

Whānau Ora

Whānau Ora is about successful whānau who are:

• Self Managing

• Living healthy lifestyles

• Participating fully in society

• Participating in Te Ao Māori

• Economically secure and are successfully involved in wealth creation

• Cohesive, resilient and nurturing


• A referral can be made to Whānau Ora by anyone including self-referrals

• A comprehensive assessment will help identify the strengths and needs of your Whānau

• Whānau action plan will be written together with you and your Whānau to identify what it would take to make your Whānau successful

• A navigator will be assigned to support your Whānau to implement your Whānau plan and monitor progress towards achieving your outcomes


Mariameno Kapa-Kingi, Nō Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa

Te Rangi Martell, Nō Waikato, Te Whānau Apanui, Ngaitai, Whakatohea

Koroneihana Cooper, Nō Waikato, Tainui

Owen Purcell, Nō Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hawea

Lady Tureiti Moxon, Nō Ngāti Pahauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu, Kai Tahu

Lady Tureti Moxon
Managing Director
Denise Kingi
General Manager
Nadine Hapuku
General Manager
Kiri Moxon
Executive Assistant
Nieva Buhay
Financial Controller
Gali Poihipi
Best Practice Advisor
Kikorangi Team
Team Leader
Kowhai Team
Val Rippey
Team Leader
Karaka Team
Jonas Hapuku
Team Leader
Whānau Ora Team
Mark Tumai
Project Manager
Miro o Te Ora Team
Linda Elgar
Team Leader
Manaakitangata Team
Chris Henoa
Team Leader
Nga Puna Konungahunga
Tere Gilbert
Tumuaki (Principal)
Te Pou Taurahere
Rei Mihaere
Team Leader


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Te Kōhao provides a range of carious services and programs to the families of the Waikato region. These services relate to Health, Social, Education and Justice environments. Our mission outlines what the path of Te Kōhao and providing these services to our families within the region will help us succeed.

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