Te Aka Matua Service
Te Aka Matua Service is committed to the achievement of health equity that results in Māori patients and their whānau being able to have at the least the same if not increased health status of those populations less impacted.
Achieving health equity requires a whole of government and system approach and increased focus on improving access to services for Māori.
Te Aka Matua Service mission is to:
- Support a focus on tangata whenua
- Support transition from secondary specialist services to primary or community care
- Prioritise māmā and pēpi, tamariki
- Prioritise high need rangatahi, pakeke and koroua/ kuia
Who we are
The Te Aka Matua Service office is based at Rotorua Hospital. They are located at the front entrance, opposite the Security and Attendants' station.
Pou Manukura (Manager)
Leadership is provided by Whariki Gardiner, an experienced manager who is conversant in the Māori world.
Manawa Pou & Manawa Ora
The Manawa Pou are a small but focused team who are driven by the collective understanding of the importance of contributing to achieving Māori health equity for all Māori patients and their whanau. The teams take ownership and collective responsibility in efforts to deliver quality and culturally safe services.
Our dedicated team of Manawa Pou, Pou Awhina & Manawa Ora are:
Hinema Rurehe, Manawa Pou (Children's Unit, Birthing Unit, SCBU, OPRS)
Hubertus (Herbie) Langendoen, Manawa Ora (iCAMHS, based at Children's Hub) ext 5016
Koro Tini, Manawa Pou (Orthopaedic, Surgical and Emergency) ext 8806/8829
Te Whawhanga Williams, Manawa Pou (ICU/CCU and Medical Unit) ext 8806/8829
Ange Tipu, Manawa Ora (Community Mental Health) 027 276 8298, ext 5263
Hemi McKinney Richards, Manawa Ora (Whare Whakaue, Te Ngako) 027 269 9235, ext 8172
Tina Sutherland, Pou Awhina (Outpatients) 027 405 3716
Whariki Gardiner, Pou Manukura, 0273 630 295, ext 8097
Phone (07) 349 9009 (extn 8829 or 8806)
Mobile: 027 363 0295- Whariki Gardiner, Pou Manukura (Manager)
Te Aka Matua lead daily karakia in the Rotorua Hospital Atrium at 8am, this is open to patients and staff.