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The Māori Health Development Unit

Maori health team





The Māori Health Development Unit provides support and advice and is committed to ensuring strong links and relationships are developed and maintained, both within the hospital provider services, Primary Care providers and in the wider community.

The Family Support Coordinators and Mental Health and Addictions Service Community Liaison Māori provides links and networking services to Community Social Services and Primary Health sector where appropriate.

Read the latest Māori Health Plan here and the Achieving Optimum Levels of Personal Health and Wellbeing here.



Kerry Dougall
Director, Māori Health

Phone: (04) 570 9089


The Pacific Health Unit

The Pacific Health Unit provides a culturally safe and supportive service for Pacific fanau. The team works with you to see that you get the health care you need if you or a family member is an inpatient at Hutt Hospital. The unit can provide translation of Pacific languages and help to explain differences in New Zealand cultural practices so that you can understand the healthcare process.

The unit can also help you access follow-up care outside of the hospital like GPs and community health services. You can speak to any of the team below.

Tofa Suafole Gush (MPP), Director Pacific Health (Wairarapa & Hutt Valley DHBs) (04) 570 9367 or Mobile 027 8395 9934

Fara Leasuasu (NZREN), Pacific Health Facilitator (04) 570 9957  Mobile 027 4875 714)

Otila Tefono (RN), Team Leader (04) 570 9770  Mobile 027 5112 515 Pager: 464

Read The Pacific Health Action Plan

Pacific Oral Health Scholarships (2017 study)

Two Pacific Oral Health Scholarships are available to two students of Pacific origin undertaking a Bachelor of Oral Health, Dental Therapy, with the University of Otago, with applications closing on 23 September, 2016.

The scholarships offer funding for study and include career mentoring for graduates who have completed study successfully. Graduates are offered a fixed-term position with a Wellington region DHB’s Community Oral Health services.

For more information and an application form please click this link.