Kaupapa Maori Health Care Services
in Te Puna, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
07 552 4573

History / Hītori

Pirirakau Hauora was established in September 1993 as an initiative of Pirirakau Kōhanga Reo who saw the need to have affordable, accessible services for pepi and their whānau.

The Service opened on 23rd September 1993 with one half day per week doctor service which was provided through voluntary labour.

In 1994 under the korowai of Pirirakau Incorporated Society, Pirirakau Hauora was contracted through Midland Health to provide a range of services.  These services were consolidated and expanded in 1995 and included Mirimiri and home based support services.  In 1996 the Midland Health provided funding to assist in the construction of the new building on Lochhead Road.

Our new building was officially opened on 27th February 1997 and the doctor service was extended to three mornings per week.  Through a contract with Western Iwi Health, the doctors were paid for their services.  The new building also included a spa pool, which provided us with the opportunity to extend our services to include alternative water therapy for those who needed it.  This was to be an extension to the Mirimiri service.

With the opportunity to gain contracts and provide more services, the Pirirakau Health Committee, with the advice of Inland Revenue, decided it would be in the best interest of Pirirakau Hauora to move towards a state of self sufficiency and self control.

In January 1999 the Pirirakau Hauora became incorporated under the name “Pirirakau Hauora Charitable Trust” with the committee members at the time taking on the role of Trustees.

Te Oturu

In May 2010 Pirirakau Hauora secured the purchase of a property on Paparoa Road next door to Paparoa Marae.  The new property, formerly “Burtons Nursery” has a four bedroom home with beautiful surroundings, the ideal setting for our new “Wellness Centre”.

In June a hui was held at Paparoa Marae with kaum
ātua to decide on an appropriate name for the site.  The site was aptly named “Te Oturu” after the Oturu stream which flows from the Minden past Paparoa to the estuary.

In August an Open Day was held at Te Oturu to give the whanau the opportunity to view the site and to bless the premises and clear the way for our kaimahi to begin working from the premises.

The services provided from the Wellness Centre at Te Oturu are Massage/Mirimiri, Kaumatua programme and special programmes, with the long term goal of providing respite care to our whanau and the delivery of Whanau ora focussed services.

Our Logo

“Me whakaruru tātou i raro i te whakaaro kotahi”

Embracing everyone together under one vision


Our logo was designed by Peter Nicholas.

At the centre of the design is a stylised rakau.  The Trunk stands strong, firm and majestic to denote Pirirakau and our “Tino Rangatiratanga”.  Radiating from the trunk are four branches which represents our four marae, Tutereinga, Poututerangi, Paparoa and Tawhitinui, the four cornerstones of wellbeing: Taha Wairua, Taha Hinengaro, Taha Tinana, Taha Whānau and the four winds to which the people of Pirirakau have migrated.

The Koru represents the embrace of growth and nurturing of whānau. The Maihi represents the gathering of our people under the one roof of the Hauora to promote and encourage health and wellbeing. The colours are also significant.  The Blue in the top portion of the design symbolises Ranginui and the air around us and in the lower portion represents Tangaroa and the waters of Tauranga Moana, the Green represents Papatunanuku me te Ngahere, all of which are sources of natural healing..