Maori Health Team


The Māori Health team in 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) Eru George (Pou Herenga) Lauren James (Pou Whakarite) , and Mardi Taiaroa (PA to the GM). 
Lianne Kohere is Kia Ora Hauora Regional Coordinator Midland Region, and Kristal Heta is KOH Administrator.

Contact Mardi Taiaroa or by telephone (07) 349 7858.


Lianne Kohere and Kristal Heta are responsible for the Midland Kia Ora Hauora region.  Email or phone (07) 343 7714 or 027 432 9059 for the information you need to kick start YOUR career pathway in Health.



Provides a support role for Māori Whanau 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


Māori Health Training Opportunities

This year, we have Wiremu Keepa (Ngati Whakaue) to deliver staff reo classes.  Please follow the link for further details Staff Training 2019


Wiremu provides an introduction to the Maori language with an emphasis on pronunciation, greetings and forms of language in particular cultural contexts. 

Start day: Thursday 7th Feb 2019 then each Thursday of 2019

Session One - 12pm to 1pm
Session Two - 1pm to 2pm

WHERE: Sessions will be held at the L & D Training Room - any changes will be advised via email and staff notice on intranet

Bring your lunch, pen and paper for notes

Contact Mardi on ext 7858 or email for more information

Hauora Māori Training Fund 2019

Hauora Maori Training Fund is a workforce development fund for the health and disability workforce. A priority for this funding is the non-regulated and disability workforce.

  • If you are Maori, and can affiliate to an iwi or hapu
  • Are you a NZ citizen or hold a NZ residency permit?
  • Are you currently employed by Lakes DHB,  a Health and Disability service, or a service funded by the DHB or Ministry of Health

If the answer is 'ae', there is funding for you to upskill for a future in Maori Health.  Course must be: NZQA accredited, Levels 3-6, Certificate, Diploma or Graduate Certificate Level (excluding degree)

Contact Mardi on ext 7858 (07 349 7858)  or email for more information

Your applications can be sent NOW to Mardi
Applications for 2019 funding closes 22 February 2019


Information: 2019_Course Option Flyer.pdf 

Information: 2019_HMTF_Eligibility-Criteria.pdf 

Information: 2019_HWNZ_POSTER.PDF 

Complete and return: 2019_HMTF_student-application-form.docx 

Complete and return: 2019_HMTF Providers responsibility.docx 


Recent hui supported by Māori Health

Māori Health have been involved with many hui and community led initiatives in 2018.  These include Wahakura wananga, Rauora, Smear Your Mea, Pink Hoe, Stroke Awareness, Pakaru Tinana, Oranga Tinana, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and Matariki activities here at Rotorua Hospital.  In 2019 we look forward to the exciting mahi within the Te Arawa and Tuwharetoa rohe.


Upcoming Events

Applications for Hāuora Māori Training Fund 2019 - open now - close date 22 February 2019

'Smear Your Mea Ride' awareness of cervical and prostate screening for Maori - Rotorua to Te Matatini in Wellington - departing Rotorua 15th February 2019