Our focus

Our focus

What is a locality plan?

Firstly, a locality is a defined place and people. It acknowledges that specific localities have differing health and wellbeing needs as well as service and delivery requirements. At the heart of the locality plan is a new way of thinking, a new approach for organising health and social services to adequately meet the needs identified by whanau.

Okay, but what is it?

The Locality Plan has a three year scope, it is co developed with Te Tairawhiti Partnership Group (link) and governed by the Tairawhiti Locality Steering Group (link) who work in tandem with the Iwi Maori Partnership Board (what’s its name), Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora – Maori Health Authority.
The main point here is that the plan is informed, influenced, and lead from the roots of our communities, it is then structured and interpreted by local experts. The Tairawhiti Locality Plan must reflect the aspirations of our people for the health and wellbeing they determine. Rangatiratanga.

Why is it important?

Have you ever sat and thought to yourself, “I wish we had access to an optometrist?”, “I’ve tried everything to treat my ailment I would have liked to have seen a naturopath or rongoa Maori”, or simply, “I wish I had a choice in how my treatment is delivered”. Well, this is that chance.

We’ve come through the biggest health upheaval through the global Covid Pandemic and now really is the chance to consider what services whanau need, how they should be delivered and who should have access to them.

How can I contribute?

We would love to hear from you and there are lots of ways this can be done. You can fill in our survey, vote on our poll, or you can email us. Your story is important to not just the Locality Plan, but to Te Tairawhiti as a whole.