Te Manu Toroa (the albatross that glides across the ocean), originally known as Western Iwi Health, was established in 1997 to provide a kaupapa Māori model of health care that integrated and linked services to Māori in the Western Bay of Plenty region.
Evaluation from a feasibility study demonstrated alarming statistics throughout the rohe, Mai Ngā Kurī a Wharei ki te Waitaha nui a Hei. Provision of GP Services took first precedence with low cost consultation and pharmacy fees. Establishing the GP clinics opened the doors for our people. We were able to provide easy accessibility, offer affordability and make available a culturally appropriate setting.
Te Manu Toroa started with a small GP clinic based in central Tauranga, however the enormous scope of our people’s needs provided for developments in other areas. Since then, we have grown and expanded to include two GP services (Tauranga Moana City & Te Akau Hauora), Pēpi Ora/Well Child, Kaupapa Māori Nurse Services, Oral Health Programs, Mental Health & Whānau Centred Services.
The GP Surgeries are strategically placed throughout the district to enable our people the opportunity to utilise these facilities with ease of accessibility. In conjunction with offering our people the GP services, we aligned ourselves with forming a partnership to contracted Pharmacies in order to reduce prescription costs. At a sector level Te Manu Toroa is affiliated to Ngā Mataapuna Oranga – a Māori Primary Health Organisation located in Tauranga. Our association with Ngā Mataapuna Oranga provides us with the vehicle to ensure our focus on the delivery of kaupapa Māori services are supported at a Provider level.
In total there are 7 providers who are part of the Ngā Mataapuna Oranga network, all of whom work collaboratively to provide services to our community.
Te Manu Toroa has an enrolled patient and client population of over 10,000.