Te Hauora o Ngāti Rārua Limited is an accredited Māori health provider with the DAA Group, operating out of Wairau. It is owned by manawhenua iwi Te Runanga o Ngāti Rārua, governed by a Board of Directors, and employs General Manager Amoroa Luke and 10 staff.
Since it began operating in 1996, Te Hauora o Ngāti Rārua Ltd (THONR) has been delivering free mobile health services to the Māori communities of Marlborough and Nelson, working collaboratively with other health providers to meet whānau health needs. A "by Māori for Māori" health service committed to delivering quality care to whānau who choose to access our service.
THONR’s mobile services are delivered directly by registered nurses and whānau workers in the Wairau community. The service works collaboratively with other Health Providers, GPs, non-government organisations, government departments, hospitals, and Primary Health Care Organisations (PHOs).
Te Hauora o Ngāti Rārua provides the following services:
- Aukati Kaipaipa – Smoking Cessation
- Te Ara Tautoko - Alcohol Harm Minimisation
- Te Ara Mahana - Like Minds Like Mine
- Whānau Ora Navigator Service
- Kaumātua Care
- Rongoā Māori
- Maara Oranga
Nga Tangata (Our People):
Dr Rod Bird - Chair
Ko Rod Bird tāku ingoa
He tauiwi ahau
Originally from Stratford, Taranaki, Rod graduated from medical school in 1976 and worked in Thames and Tolaga Bay prior to coming to Blenheim in 1993.
He works as a general practitioner at Springlands Health, is a clinical editor for the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Health (NMDHB) Pathways project, and is a member of the PHO Clinical Governance Committee. His special interests in medicine include mind-body healthcare, Māori health issues, addiction medicine, pain management and acupuncture. Non-medical interests include music (barbershop singing) and the great outdoors.
Rod’s association with Te Hauora o Ngāti Rārua Ltd goes back 15 years as a director, and he is very proud of the work and achievements of the organisation.
He is married with four children and eleven (soon to be twelve) grandchildren.
Lorraine Eade - Director
“Lorr” has been involved with Ngāti Rārua Iwi Trust for the past 18 years, in positions that include Ngāti Rārua Iwi trustee, director on its fishing company Te Tao Tangaroa Ltd, manager of Ngāti Rārua Iwi Trust and as an advisor to support the trust through its Treaty settlement process.
Lorr holds a Doctorate of Psychology. In her spare time, she is an instructor of the Wairau Taekwon Do Club and regional director for South Island Taekwon Do. She also enjoys playing summer and winter netball.
She and Dave, her partner of 31 years, are blessed with three beautiful children.
Dawn McConnell - Director
Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Ruahinerangi, Taranaki, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Koata
Dawn worked in human resources with the Department of Māori Affairs, New Zealand Forest Service, State Services Commission and Ministry of Defence, spanning 30 years in the New Zealand Public Service.
She retired from the Ministry of Defence in 2000 and has been a director of Te Hauora o Ngāti Rārua since 2007, as well as a trustee on the board of Waikawa Marae since 2001.
She is currently the Te Tau Ihu representative on Te Atamira Taiwhenua (Department of Internal Affairs), a member (representing Te Atiawa) and chair of the Iwi Health Board, and a ministerial appointee to the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.
Amoroa Luke – General Manager
Ko Amoroa (Molly) tōku ingoa Ko Ngāti Rārua,
Ngāti Toa me Ngāti Maniapoto ōku iwi
Ko Ngāati Paretona te hapū
Ko Te Tana Pukekohatu te tangata
Ko Tainui te Waka Nō Wairau ahau
In 2013 Amoroa was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, in recognition of decades of services to Māori.
She has had a particular focus on Māori health and was the founder and chairwoman of Te Hauora o Ngāti Rārua, a Nelson-Marlborough Māori health provider of which she is now manager.
Her role on the Ngāti Rārua Atiawa Iwi Trust saw her involved in negotiations with the Crown to return more than 365 hectares of land at Motueka to Ngāti Rārua and Te Atiawa iwi.
Amoroa received a District of Marlborough Civic Honour in 1996 and has been a Justice of the Peace since 1993.
2c North Street, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 5778404
Fax: (03) 5778452