About Us

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

Whakatakanga Korero – Mission Statement
Together provide equitable, innovative, collaborative and skilled primary health care that improves the health status of our community.

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:

    Tika - Showing courage to maintain integrity and seek justice

    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:

    • Improve health outcomes and address health inequalities for Maori and vulnerable populations, particularly children, youth and older persons.
    • Champion integrated care across the primary and secondary sector to meet key national health targets; smoking, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and immunisation.
    • Lead and enable primary health care models that extend beyond traditional primary care medical practice.
    • Invest in the primary health care workforce capacity and capability to meet current and future primary health care demands.
    • Demonstrate effective relationships with DHB, whanau ora providers, primary care and the broader health and social service sector.
    • Improve health literacy for our enrolled population


    Message from Donovan Clarke, Chief Executive Officer


    He mokopuna mai Ngatokimatawhaorua waka tenei, e mihi atu nei kia koutou. I am excited to join Manaia Health PHO and come home to Northland.
    In 2008, I left the NZ Police at the rank of Inspector, entering the health sector as a senior executive in Disability Support Services at Taikura Trust. The lessons and leadership I gained in my years in the NZ Police were quickly applied across a demanding health sector. In 2011 I became the Executive Director Maori Health at Southern DHB where I helped transform health services to high needs populations including Maori. During this period I completed an MBA at Otago University.

    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.


    About the Logo


    Manaia Health PHO Logo was designed in 2003, by Ashleigh Lambert, a 16-year-old student at Whangarei Girls High School. Ashleigh says: “I wanted the logo to reflect Northland in the way of the culture and the environment. The koru design symbolises a new beginning as Manaia Health PHO is a newly established organisation, while also providing the cultural aspect in which Northland residents can relate to."

    "I used green for the koru as this colour can symbolise hope, health and also nature. The koru appears to be bearing down upon the land, providing a sense of safety and protection which I believe are feelings associated with a health organisation”.