Te Kāika awarded prestigious Dame Tariana Turia Award

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu was thrilled to be able to present Te Kāika with the  Dame Tariana Turia Award for contribution to Whānau Ora and whānau centred practice at the Toitu Hauora Leadership Summit on Wednesday 5 September. The summit was jointly hosted by Te Rau Matatini and the Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation and took place in Dunedin earlier this week.

Pouārahi of the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, and inaugural recipient of the Dame Tariana Turia award, Helen Leahy presented the award, describing it as a ground-breaking project of transformation that they were immensely proud to support.

Te Kaika Directors Matapura Ellison  Donna Matahaere-Atariki and Shelley Kapua graciously accepted the honour on behalf of Te Kaika.

Te Kaika is a partnership between Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Otakou Runanga and the University of Otago and is one of the foundation entities invested in by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island.

Based in Caversham it brings together key wellbeing and health agencies on one site to provide an integrated model of social service support and primary health care in a whānau centred way. The services include primary health-care service (Te Mataora), which provides GP and dental services and clinical and teaching facilities for a variety of University of Otago students. With almost 6000 patients already enrolled with Te Kaika and its general practice clinics based on site and in Forbury it is making a huge impact on the community.

The organisation is fitting out a church hall in Brockville, with plans for it to open by the end of September, and are looking to expand their clinics by the end of the year.

In her speech Helen Leahy stated that “Te Kaika embodies the Whānau Ora approach”. 

“It recognises that no department, no government, no provider, no service, no strategy can ever be as effective as the love, care and responsibility taken up by whānau.

“It understands that for change to happen, transformation occurs best at home, but becomes enduring when owned and supported by the wider community, the village of care from which Te Kaika takes its name.

“Success will be known when all of our iwi, all our communities, all our villages are driven by the aspirations of whānau; respond to the priorities as whānau define them; and resource the ideas generated by whānau as the building blocks for a wellbeing future”.

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