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 Phyllis Tangitu (GM Māori Health), Mere Vercoe is Pou Whakarite and Mardi Taiaroa (PA to the GM). Contact Mardi Taiaroa or by telephone (07) 349 7858.
Denise Bradley is Pou Manukura, Kia Ora Hauora.  Kristal Heta is the KOH Administrator.

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


 Lakes DHB - Te Whare Wānanga ō Awanuiarangi - Te Hohipera o Taupō

March 2021 marks the launch of the Taupō Cohort of Te Pōkaitahi Reo. Based at Taupō Hospital, there are two classes per week. Georgina Kerekere (Programme Co-ordinator) has been overseeing the start of these classes. We are pleased that Taupō Lakes Council are part of these classes along with Lakes DHB kaimahi. Thank you to Angela Guy and staff for their hard work co-ordinating along with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi for this opportunity for the Taupō region, nei ra te mihi.

Pic courtesy of Annemarie and Benoir Midwood Murray


25th January 1949 to 28 December 2020


Lakes DHB and Māori Health mourn the passing of our treasured rangatira, leader, kaumatua Eru George. Following a long illness, Eru passed peacefully at his Tapsell Road home, surrounded by whānau. During Eru's 20+ years working for Lakes DHB, Eru's knowledge pertaining to tikanga, te reo māori and whakapapa was unsurpassed and remain etched as his legacy within the corridors and grounds of our Rotorua and Taupō Hospitals.  His expertise in matauranga māori and the ease of which Eru could navigate alongside all walks of life within Te Arawa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa is a rare feat that Eru performed with ease. His wisdom and wise counsel is sorely missed. We were blessed to have shared with Eru's whānau and our staff a memorial service on Friday 22 January where words and memories befitting a leader of Eru's status were shared by Ngāti Whakaue kaumatua, Monty Morrison, Board Chair Dr Jim Mather, CE Nick Saville Wood, Dr Johan Morreau, Roger Pikia and Eru's daughter Natasha Ruttley.

Eru lay at his marae, Kearoa, and was laid to rest in Mōkai at the side of his beloved wife, Ngaire.

Haere atu rā e te Pou Herengā, te rangatira, e te Pāpā, e kore rawa tātou i wareware ia koe - Rest in Peace


 Lakes DHB - Te Whare Wānanga ō Awanuiarangi

Lakes DHB have three classes running at Rotorua Hospital for Pokaitahi Reo Level 3.  Our tauira are made up of staff, whānau and are tutored weekly by Te Awanuiarangi kaiako.
Taupō Hospital starts in Feb 2021 with their first class.

Thank you to staff and managers for the support during 2020. Ngā manaakitanga

Eru George (Pou Herenga) launched and welcomed in June (29 June 2020). The programme launched also aligned with the start of Matariki 2020. 
The 18 month certificate is a tertiary level initiative through TWWoA. Te Pōkaitahi was first launched 12 months ago with Auckland and Waitematā DHB’s, Lakes DHB is the fifth DHB to offer this opportunity to staff.    The course aims to develop māori language skills and understanding within the workplace environment. Learning is contextualised for the health environment, incorporating workplace phrases within the course structure. Lakes DHB Māori Health division and Eru ensure that the context is Te Arawa centric and incorporates Te Arawa kawa, tikanga (protocols), dialect, phrases, language and history. 



Sharing great moments with staff, patients and whānau of this years events organized by Māori Health.
We are grateful for staff support, and generous businesses who donated gifts as prizes





Email or phone Denise Bradley or Kristal Heta  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


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.