29 May 2017 - What does the government's 2017 Budget mean for Hauora Tairawhiti?

The Minister of Finance announced some significant funding increases for DHBs and other parts of the health sector. Read More

26 June 2017 - I'm back

I have been away on leave for a three week period travelling overseas with my family. Read More

3 July 2017 - Seeing and hearing

I joined the Board this week as they headed out after their meeting in what will become a regular feature over the next Board term, of getting out to see and hear more about the organisation they govern. Read more

10 July 2017 - Back to the future

Last week I announced to Medirest Cleaning, Orderly and Security staff that from 2 October 2017 they would be working for Hauora Tairāwhiti to deliver their services. Read more

17 July 2017 - Highlights and predictions

Each July, I provide a summary of the year (financial) and make a prediction for the year ahead. Read more

24 July 2017 - Kotahitanga

Working with others in our community who contribute to improving health outcomes, is an essential part of our WAKA values. Read more

31 July 2017 - More people, more demand

For those working directly with people needing health care in Tairāwhiti, this piece of news is unlikely to be surprising - the enrolled population of people in primary care in Tairāwhiti has increased by 1,170 people or %2.5 in the last 12 months. Read more

7 August 2017 - What have people been saying?

Last week I attended the National Bi-Partite Action Group meeting. Read more 

14 August 2017 - How do these themes resonate?

Last week I raised the topic of engagement surveys and what people have been saying across the country in the 30,000 collated replies that have been turned in to 6 themes. Read more

21 August 2017 - Healthy hearts

This week the Hospital Advisory Committee meets on Tuesday. On their agenda is a paper for their approval entitled Healthy Hearts Tairāwhiti - Save 1000 Lives. Read more

28 August 2017 - Healthy Change

Last week I reported that a paper entitled Healthy Hearts Tairāwhiti - Save 1000 Lives was up for approval. Read more

4 September 2017 - Keeping up the pace

There is so much happening in our health services in Tairāwhiti at present that it is sometimes difficult to keep up. Read more

11 September 2017 - Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

He aha te mea nui? Read more

18 September 2017 - Our workforce of the future

I was at two events last week looking at the workforce for the future. Read more

25 September 2017 - Our workforce of the past

I debated with myself how to express my topic for this week, as it is a counterpoint to the column I wrote last week on the workforce of the future. Read more

02 October 2017 - Changes for the better

Today we initiate two changes in Tairāwhiti that I believe will positively impact on outcomes for Tairāwhiti people. Read more

09 October 2017 - Mental health wellbeing starts with us

It's Mental health Awareness Week this week. An opportunity to focus on what we can all do to improve mental health across the district. Read more

16 October 2017 - Staff wellness ideas needed

This week on Thursday there is a Joint Union Consultative Committee meeting between the site unions and representatives of Hauora Tairāwhiti. Read more

30 October 2017 - Positive developments in action

I want to take the opportunity to update you on developments this and last week. Read more

06 November 2017 - How can we improve staff wellbeing?

Actions have been proposed to improve staff wellbeing. Read more

13 November 2017 - Let's stamp out rheumatic fever

In the last month, two young people in Tairāwhiti have been admitted to hospital with new cases of rheumatic fever. Read more

20 November 2017 - Improving care across services

On Thursday, I joined the team working with Manaaki Tairāwhiti, looking at the system and process issues we have providing care for people in our district. Read more

12 December 2017 - Insights from our new Minister

Last Thursday I heard from our new Minister of Health, David Clark. He talked about the two health items in the government’s 100 Day Plan. Read more

18 December 2017 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone

Being involved in health in Aotearoa is a challenge. Read more