Manaia Health PHO Ltd was established on 1 July 2003 and is a Primary Health Organisation within the Northland District Health Board. The company operates as a non-profit organisation and was registered as a charitable entity with the Charities Commission in February 2008, Charities registration number: CC21198.
There are two equal shareholders of Manaia Health PHO Ltd:
Terenga Paraoa Ltd - This company is made up of Maori health providers and hapu of the Whangarei and Kaipara districts.
Whangarei Healthcare Ltd – This company is made up of doctors and practice nurses working within Manaia Health PHO.
The two shareholder groups appoint 3 directors to the PHO board. The board also has three "community directors", two nominated from the Whangarei Community Advisory Group (CoAG), and one nominated from Kaipara Community Committee.
Manaia Health PHO funds and coordinates services, provides resources and expertise for primary healthcare providers and delivers some specialised primary healthcare services for its enrolled population of 96,000 in the Whangarei and Kaipara districts. First level primary health care is provided by 22 General Practices, 20 Pharmacies and 4 Maori Health Organisations. The PHO has a focus on initiatives that address the social determinants of health and respond to community need, especially for those with high health needs. The PHO also works collaboratively with a number of other health, social services, iwi, sport, housing, education, government and local community organisations, to improve the overall health and wellbeing of our enrolled population. A snapshot of services and focus can be found in the LINK annual report.
Mission Statement, Values, Vision and Strategic Priorities
Kaupapa – Foundation
Te Tiriti o te Waitangi underpins all relationships and permeates all activities and behaviour within Manaia Health PHO.
Nga Uruatanga – Values
The underpinning values of Manaia Health PHO are:
Pono - Honesty and transparency in the way business is done
Aroha - Serving the community with respect and compassion
Nga Moemoea - Vision
Leadership and excellence in primary healthcare that is people focused.
Mahere Rautaki - Strategic Priorities
Overarching all priorities is the health and wellbeing of our community. We aim to:
Most recently I have been Chief Advisor Maori, Families Commission, Wellington. I hold directorships on Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency and Te Rau Matatini, National Maori Mental Health and Addictions Workforce where I am the Chair of their Audit and Risk Committee. The health sector is faced with some significant challenges and with my background in law, social services and health I'm looking forward to leading change across the primary care sector. Addressing health inequalities across Northland will be a priority, we must meet the health needs of our entire community. We need to get this right and work together to improve the health status of everyone living across Northland.