Te Pātaka - Kahungunu Health and Community Services (Choices)

The Innovation: Whare Oranga Integrated Nurse Clinics

The Whare Oranga Integrated Nurse Clinics project aimed to develop innovative Māori health services and clinical/cultural specifications, and to implement and support autonomous Marae-based health clinics for specific Marae within Ngāti Kahungunu. 

Health promotion activities in partnership with other Māori and mainstream providers enabled Marae clinics to establish positive relationships with other agencies, acknowledging individual whānau health needs. Whānau health plans were developed in partnership with their nominated GP. Nurses were able to offer clinical support for ongoing monitoring for blood pressure, weight, medication side effects, blood glucose levels and recalls for non-attendance (DNAs), immunisation, cervical screening and hearing checks. While Choices provided two day clinics weekly, the Marae committees were able to operate two extra days weekly for themselves, combining zumba, mirimiri and rāranga. 

The key drivers for Whare Oranga Nurse-led Clinics were collaboration, integration and the sharing of information across the motu. 

Kahungunu Health Services (CHOICES) – Whare Oranga Integrated Nurse Clinics



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About Kahungunu Health and Community Services (Choices)

Kahungunu Health and Community Services, also known as Choices, provide health and community services to Māori, Pasifika and all other communities in Hawke’s Bay. Services include midwives, nurses, kaimahi, community clinics and other services such as health promotion activities. 


Kahungunu Health and Community Services (Choices)
500 Maraekakaho Road
P O Box 901

Phone: (06) 878 7616
Email: [email protected]

13 Swansea Road
Phone (06) 879 8984

4 Northumberland Street
Phone (06) 858 9859

Disclaimer: This page and the innovation it accompanies do not represent the views of the Ministry of Health. The views represented are those of Kahungunu Health and Community Services (Choices) and the innovation piloted.

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