December 18, 2012
Health services in fresh hands
Four Māori health organisations in the top of the South Island are preparing to take over the clients and mahi of financially-troubled Te Rapuora o Te Waiharakeke in time for the New Year.
The largest provider of Māori mental health services in the region announced last month that growth over the past couple of years had outstripped revenue and it had to close.
It had almost 700 clients for a range of services, including 128 mental health patients.
Nelson Marlborough District Health Board will help Te Kahui Hauora ō Ngāti Koata and Te Hauora ō Te Awhina develop kaupapa Māori mental health services.
Te Hauora ō Ngāti Rarua and Maata Waka Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust are taking over the Māori personal health services provided by Te Rapuora.