History of Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki – The Beginning
The Health Sector in the Early Nineties
In the early 90's the health system was undergoing significant reform, in short the separation of funding or purchasing from mainstream service delivery. This change meant that health care would no longer be the sole domain of hospitals and GPS. The “funder/provider” split, as it was aptly termed, provided the opportunity for community based primary and mental health care providers including kaupapa Maori based providers to compete for health funding and services that were previously monopolised by health boards.
The Hauraki Maori Trust Board saw the opportunities that the health reforms of the 90's presented and decided to seize these opportunities. That response by the Board was the thrust needed to develop a health service which focussed on the needs of Hauraki people and firmly placed Hauraki whanau and Maori approaches and methodologies at the centre of our service delivery.
Establishing Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki
The Board's approach to establishing Te Korowai was an evidenced based one. A health needs assessment of Hauraki Maori was undertaken by the Board - the first ever health needs assessment of Hauraki undertaken. This assisted to shape the fledgling organization.
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki was officially opened in August 1994.
Written by Denise Messiter, who was contracted by the Hauraki Maori Trust Board to lead out the establishment of Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.