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Tipu Ora has grown from a strong kaupapa of Whānau Ora to be one of the largest Māori providers in the Lakes District Health Board region.

Tipu Ora provides a wide range of primary health, social and education services accessible to all people living in the region as well as nationally delivering private training in Hauora Māori. All services target Māori and low income whānau but are accessible to all.

Tipu Ora has invested significantly in its quality management systems and is proud to have been awarded accreditation from DAA Group (a Designated Audit Agency), approved by the Ministry of Health.

Tipu Ora seeks to make a difference by focusing on the health and wellbeing of tamariki and their whānau, as it is through new beginnings that whānau ora will be achieved.


We have established Centres of Excellence in:

Oranga Niho – Oral Health

The centre encompasses dentistry as well as encouraging oral health and self-care by tamariki, pakeke and whānau, in ways that are effective for our whānau. The centre contributes to public health issues associated with oral health in the local community. We continue to participate in and contribute to Māori oral health research and evaluation.

Oranga Puna – Tamariki Ora & Midwifery

The centre encompasses all aspects of nurturing tamariki and supporting whānau in this process. This includes areas such as Well Child/Tamariki Ora, midwifery, health promotion and breast feeding.

Oranga Matauranga – PTE Training & Education

Tipu Ora is a leading provider of certificate and diploma in Hauora Māori. This is underpinned by Māori health models and practices and te reo Māori. This is for all health professionals – Māori and non-Māori to be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively with tamariki and whānau. The centre encourages participants to continue pursuing higher level qualifications and training, and linking with iwi and health organisations to support this process.

Oranga Whānau – Health & Social Services

The centre encompasses programme based social services working from a strength based model with whānau to achieve their goals and aspirations. These are home-based support services for families with high needs that are intended to ensure tamariki have the best possible start in life.