Māori Health Team


The Māori Health team within Lakes District Health Board is located on the second floor,Ngāti 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 Māori. This includes working from governance through to planning and service delivery.

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with the iwi governance groups and with Māori communities  

  • Supporting Māori health providers to build capacity and capability 

  • Provide leadership direction and support to the DHB in its activities. 

The team consists of 
Mapihi Raharuhi (Director Equity and Outcome)
Phyllis Tangitu (Pou Manukura Relationships) 
Mardi Taiaroa (PA to the Director and Pou Manukura). Contact Mardi Taiaroa or by telephone (07) 349 7858. 
Vicki Inia  is Pou Manukura Kia Ora Hauora
Mihi Te Hau Brown is KOH Midlands Co ordinator

Key team changes 2021:

Welcome to Mapihi Raharuhi - click to read
Poroporoaki kia Eru George - we farewell our rangatira Eru George



Email or phone Vicki or Mihi on (07) 343 7714 or 027 432 9059 for the information you need to  kick start YOUR career pathway in health with Midland Kia Ora Hauora region.   

Click links for further information Kia Ora Hauora  or  https://www.kiaorahauora.co.nz/midland

COVID19 - updates for September 2021

TE ARAWA COVID Click www.tearawacovid19.nz for latest drive through vaccination information Te Arawa

Book your vaccine https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/ 

Healthline https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/services-and-support/health-care-services/healthline

Have your NHI number handy when you are booking
NHI Number, your full name, date of birth  



Currently our Pōkaitahi Reo Classes are working through their curriculum for 2021. We will review a 2021 class
Here are links to a list of alternate options face to face and online options you may wish to enquire with:Alternate Te Reo Māori Learning options for ROTORUA REO MAORI OPTIONS ROTORUA_APR2021.pdf
Pīkoko ki te Reo Māori - Flyer for Rotorua Library class options 2021 2021_PikokoKiTeReoMaori.pdf
Alternate Te Reo Māori Learning options for TAUPŌ REO MAORI OPTIONS TAUPO_JUL2020_.pdf 
Māori Dictionary also available as a download on Android or Apple - www.maoridictionary.co.nz  


 Provides a support role for Māori whānau to help reduce the number of readmissions to hospital.  
Working in the community to engage services to provide a wrap-around approach for whānau so that 
they can stay independent and well in their own homes.  Working alongside local community providers
to ensure supports are in place for whānau and are delivered in a way that is culturally appropriate.  
Special focus on reducing Māori re-admissions and supporting mama and their pepi/tamariki to engage 
with key community support networks. 

The service is staffed by Demita Tukaki who currently works at Taupo Hospital between 9.30am 
and midday, Monday – Friday. 
Demita can be contacted by telephone on 021 027 97983 or email demita@thct.co.nz


Please revisit our page regularly for updates

Recent hui supported by Māori Health

In 2021, Māori Health have been involved with many hui and community led initiatives including 
Awhi Mai Stroke Awareness in February and Te Arawa 2021 Kapahaka in March.  We will continue to support initiatives such as Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and Matariki activities here at Rotorua Hospital. In 2021 we look forward to the exciting health mahi within the Te Arawa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa rohe

Te Aho o Te Kahu 2021 Māori Cancer consumer Hui