Maori Health Team - Te Huinga Takiora Maori


Te Huinga Takiora Maori includes the Maori health teams in Lakes District Health Board hospitals (Rotorua and Taupo) and community services.

Te Huinga Takiora Maori

The Maori Health team is located on the second floor, Ngati Whakaue Building, Rotorua Hospital.
The team is charged with: 

  • Providing strategic advice and direction to Lakes DHB that will contribute toward improved health outcomes for Maori. This includes working from governance through to planning and service delivery.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with the iwi governance groups and with Maori communities
  • Supporting Maori health providers to build capacity and capability 
  • Provide leadership direction and support to the DHB in its activities. 

The team consists of Phyllis Tangitu (GM Maori Health) Eru George (Pou Herenga) (Pou Whakarite) Lauren James, and Mardi Taiaroa (PA to the GM). 

Contact Mardi Taiaroa or by telephone (07) 349 7858.


Te Oranga Service

Te Oranga is a specialist cultural support service for Maori, based at Taupo Hospital. This service is contracted in from Tuwharetoa Health Charitable Trust and operationally supervised by the Maori Health team.

Te Oranga provides advocacy and cultural support for Maori who present to Taupo Hospital, and also provides staff with cultural guidance within clinical practice when dealing with Maori. Te Oranga represents the patient in the multi disciplinary team meetings to ensure the care and discharge planning include recommendations and/or findings as per the cultural assessment undertaken by Te Oranga staff.

The service is staffed by Leigh Lovett who currently works between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday – Friday. Click here to email Leigh, or contact her by telephone on (07)376 1000 ext 5972.