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Nau Mai Haere Mai,
The Invercargill and Queenstown-based Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust offers
an extensive range of health and social services aimed at connecting whanau with resources,
ideas and energy for wellbeing and independence.
If you or somebody you know could benefit from our support, get in touch today.
Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust:
FREEPHONE 0800 925 242
Operating since 2000 and today employing nearly 50 trained,
experienced and dedicated staff, the trust offers fully
accredited, wholly confidential, professional services
across areas including:
• Smoking Cessation
(in pregnancy, whanau and for individuals)
• Mobile Nursing & Clinics
• Breastfeeding Support
• Rongoa Maori & Mirimiri
(natural health & massage)
• Family Advocacy
• Kaitoko Whanau (Family Support)
Queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
for more services visit
66 Yarrow Street. Ph 214 5260
Open Monday to Friday 8.30am
to 5pm, late night Thursday by
MOBILE NURSING & HEALTH
86 Victoria Avenue, Invercargill.
Ph 214 5123
Shop 34, Retail Centre,
159 Gorge Road, Queenstown
Ph 442 4052.
Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.
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A service that helps everyone in need
Twelve years ago Tracey Wright-Tawha had an aspiration to establish a kaupapa Maori health and social service.
Nobody knew us, at that time we had
no credibility and no money,'' --- Nga Kete
Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust
CEO Tracey Wright-Tawha
It would focus on Maori as a key population
target group but provide a free service that
honours all people.
Tracey, staff and the Board are pleased to
provide Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu
Charitable Trust on the mandate of Oraka
Aparima Runaka, local tangata whenua, Kai
Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Waitaha.
"I'm Kai Tahu and a member of Oraka Aparima
Runaka and we have been working hard to
make our Runaka proud and to roll out
services that support wellbeing and indepen-
dence for whanau" Tracey said.
Southland born and raised, Tracey comes
from a community development background.
She first learnt the basics of communicating
with people as a 16 year old freezing worker,
and from there her love of working alongside
"I'm an eternal optimist, the cup is always half
full, I believe whanau can achieve anything"
Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable
Trust, a free, not-for-profit organisation was
established in September 2000.
Nga Kete, means 'the many baskets',
Matauranga means information, knowledge
and enablement and Pounamu, for the
tradition of and in honouring ancestors who
navigated the greenstone trails into Piopio-
tahi (Milford Sounds).
Tracey decided on the name as it ''ties us to
our local places'' she says and it was a name
constructed by her husband Roy Tawha.
''It had a good fit for our mission statement,
which is, Connecting Whanau to Resources,
Ideas and Energy for Wellbeing and
Getting the Trust off the ground was no easy
feat, but perseverance and support from
Tracey's husband and two children Merenia
and Mana helped her forge on. ''Nobody knew
us, at that time we had no credibility and no
''My husband Roy believes in what I do, what
we all do, and I really do owe my amazing
whanau a debt of gratitude''.
Step one was to start understanding the
needs of rural Western Southland people, and
it was found that commuting to essential
services such as hospital services, outpatients
and eye specialists was difficult for some
people. Through this discovery, the Trust
gained a contract with the Ministry of Health,
enabling them to provide 1800
people with commuting access
to these essential services. From
this, the mobile nurse service
was born, as was a clinic which
has grown to three days a week.
Since then, the organisation has
flourished; weaving in new
service deliveries and currently
employing 49 staff members.
''It has always been my goal to
deliver a quality free service to
whanau where a whole range of
health and wellbeing services
are able to be accessed,'' Tracey
says. Whanau can access the
Trust's services at one point and
through cross pollination be
connected to other services
''On exiting a journey with Nga
Kete we aspire that people are
better off and have had their
needs met because of the
engagement: weaving wellness, whanau ora,''
Maori make up approximately 64% of the
Trust's client base, Pacific Island make up 2%
and Non-Maori, the rest.
Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu is also an AS/
NZ ISO and Health & Disability Sector
Standard Accredited Agency and Tracey
ensures that quality assurance is kept to the
forefront of the organisation's work.
''Every person involved is a stakeholder in the
quality and continuous improvement of the
organisation -- in the experience of whanau
(clients) who engage -- we simply must strive
for excellence,'' Tracey says.
''However our Quality Assurance Manager
Deidre Kokich deserves every credit for
leading our internal audit schedule and
keeping us all focused on quality thinking --
she is a classic quality woman and a quality
Describing her management team as
''creative, flexible, dynamic individuals,''
Tracey stands by the philosophy of
collaborative and synergistic working relation-
ships where people work together for the
overall purpose of the organisation and its
''We are a whanau -- whanau values ensure we
work as a team whilst being individually
accountable for our work strand -- but we roll
as a family -- we are strong because of this.''
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