Te Whakapono Health Trust is winding up
31/08/2017 11:54:51 a.m.

Thursday 31 August 2017

Te Whakapono Health Trust is winding up

Some 11 years after the Renal Satellite Dialysis Unit opened at Rotorua Hospital, the fundraising group originally formed to fundraise for the unit is winding up.

Te Whakapono Health Trust was formed in the mid-2000s to fundraise for the unit, and did so extremely well, raising $780,000 towards the buildings and renovations for the unit.

The Trust has maintained a strong interest in the unit over the years, but quickly turned its attention to fundraising for other health initiatives, including the chemotherapy unit at Rotorua Hospital, a mobile ear van, extensions and upgrading of the whanau accommodation Paimarie. Smaller projects included fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society, exercise equipment for stroke survivors, scales for cardiac patients, a recliner chair for patient support in ICU and Rotovegas Youth Health. The Trust has also fundraised for two haemodialysis machines for Maharo and funded flat screen TVs recently.

Some of the original Trust members have passed on, and others have turned their attention to other community programmes.

Long serving Trust Chair Philippa Wills says it has been difficult to recruit new members for the group, and without new members it has become very difficult to maintain the energy needed to continue their fundraising.

She says the Trust was very active and very successful, managing to raise considerable sums of money during really difficult financial times.

Funds in the coffers were when the trust shut up shop have been distributed to Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Arthritis and Lakes DHB for Heart Health in equal amounts.

In mid-2016 Lakes DHB marked 10 years of operation of the renal unit. The celebration was a good time to reflect on all the hard work by Te Whakapono Health Trust and community people to raise funds for the unit, and to celebrate 10 years of improved access to renal services for people in the Lakes DHB area.


At the celebration last year, Lakes DHB Chief Executive Ron Dunham acknowledged that Lakes DHB has been the very lucky recipient of tremendous fundraising by Te Whakapono Health Trust for over a decade, and said the DHB will always be very grateful for the support.