History / Hītori
Pirirākau Hauora was established in 1993 as an initiative from Pirirākau Kōhanga who saw the need for affordable and accessible services for pepi and their whānau.
Opened on 23rd September 1993 with one half day per week doctor service provided through voluntary labour.
In 1994 under the korowai of Pirirākau Incorporated Society, Pirirākau 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, Midland Health provided funding to assist in the construction of the new building at Lochhead Road.
The 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 able to be paid for their time.
With the opportunity to gain contracts and provide more services, the Pirirākau Health Committee, with the advice of Inland Revenue, decided it would be in the best interest to move towards a state of self-sufficiency and self-control. In January 1999, Pirirākau Hauora became incorporated under the name “Pirirākau Hauora Charitable Trust” with the committee members at the time taking on the role as Trustees.