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Ngā Kākano Newsletter #2 - July 2021

Welcome to the second edition of Ngā Kākano News for 2021.

Inside is a brief look into some of what has been happening and how to access our services.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all our current activities in the community.


Congratulations to Nicole Hapi from the board, management, and staff for winning the prestigious Employee of the Year award at the Te Puke Business Excellence Awards held on July 9th. 

We are very proud of you Nic and grateful for all your mahi and aroha that you show us all.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Nga Kakano Family Health Practice

Tena koe, as an enrolled patient of Nga Kakano Family Health Practice we write to inform you that our GP service is joining a new Primary Health Organisation called Nga Mataapuna Oranga (NMO).

This is an exciting pathway forward for Nga Kakano and we want to take this opportunity toreassure you as a valued patient that health care services here will remain unchanged. However, with the shift to a new PHO you will have the choice to either remain a patient of ours or to enrol with another GP provider elsewhere. If you decide to remain with Nga Kakano, we will need you to sign a new enrolment form for NMO. Please make contact with us should you require any further information on the move.

Nga mihi mahana

Pia Callaghan
Group Chief Executive
Nga Kakano Foundation

Influenza Vaccination Programme


Ki o tatou nei turoro o Nga Kakano kua tae mai te werohanga rewharewha ki to tatou whare hauora. No reira ka whakapa atu ki to tatou Tari hei whakarite wa mau.

Ko nga pakeke ono tekau ma rima neke atu he kore utu tenei mau.

No reira kia teretere mai.

The Influenza (Flu) Vaccine is now available free of charge to our registered patients aged over 65 years.

Please contact the Practice (07) 5730 660 and make an appointment.

Don’t delay protect against the winter flu.

Ngā Kākano Newsletter - March 2021

Welcome to the first edition of Ngā Kākano News for 2021.

Inside is a brief look into some of what has been happening for the start of 2021 and how to access our services.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all our current activities in the community.

Kasey and Karena cook for Ngā Kākano's kaumātua group

Article courtesy of Bay of Plenty Times 04 February 2021

MasterChef winners Kasey and Karena Bird were in Te Puke this week giving a cooking demonstration with a difference.

Kasey and Karena visited the kaumātua group at Ngā Kākano Foundation on Tuesday for a diabetes education session.

Ngā Kākano's diabetes nurse Meri-Ira Hiki says she invited the celebrity chefs to help with nutrition advice.

''Part of them coming was to teach our whānau different ways of cooking,  healthier ways of cooking and just to really give it from a Māori  perspective,'' she says.

'Kasey and Karena whakapapa back to Maketū as well, so getting people who connect back here bringing their skills in - it just helps to boost the whānau.''Meri-Ira says the plan was to give people ideas for different and healthier ways of cooking.

''I like to get people in with their skills, bring them in and give [the group] something new, something different - they go away with their recipes to try something new.

''It's about getting people in and saying have you tried this or have you tried that or did you know that this has this much sugar in it or this much salt in it.

''And I just love how Kasey and Karena connect with the whānau. I think it's just a beautiful way of utilising their skills and bringing that into the community.''

The diabetes education programme is wider than just looking at food.

''Overall I talk about what is diabetes, signs and symptoms, how to best manage your diabetes, because there's a lot of whānau out there who are  struggling with their management, especially when it comes to diet and exercise.

"We really want to support whānau in managing it well and provide support around nutrition and activity.''

She says as with many things prevention is the best way of managing diabetes.

''It's just really getting them to care for their diabetes and prevent the complications of diabetes. We want to protect their kidneys, their eyesight. There are so many elements to diabetes and so many
complications that we are trying to run this education session as a prevention to boost up their skills and confidence and self management.''

Ngā Kākano holds regular exercise classes from the kaumātua group with a visiting instructor.

''It's about what services do we have in our community to support our whānau and how can we get the wrap-around service to support them on their journey - because it is a journey. Let's pull in who we know and get everything that they need on board.''

Mirimiri Service

Ngā Kākano Foundation are pleased to announce our Mirimiri service.

  • Māori Mirimiri practitioners: Ripeka Armstrong and Rawiri Te Kowhai

  • Weekly Mirimiri sessions

  • Wednesdays and Fridays

  • 9.30am—12.30pm, half hour appointments

  • Payment by koha

  • This service is only for enrolled patients and clients of Ngā Kākano

To enrol in this service please go to and complete a self referral, you will then be contacted for an appointment.


Due to the high volume of patient and client demand, we are doing things differently. Please read below for details.

Please call 07 573-0660 or text 027 554 1118 if you need a doctors or nurse appointment. All initial appointments are virtual by phone. Do not come to the Clinic unless the GP has asked you to come in.  

Repeat prescriptions can be requested online (see link above) or by choosing option 1 when you call us on 07 573-0660.  Please note the processing time is 48 hours for requests.

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui 

Tēnā koe! Welcome

Mā te mātauranga kia tipu ako ake ngā rangatiratanga, a ngā tikanga otira te whānau
Building futures through knowledge, leadership, tikanga and whānau

Ngā Kākano has been serving the health needs of whānau for over 30 years. We provide 15 services and programmes that strengthen whānau health, wellness and quality of living. Ngā Kākano services and programmes are available to Māori and non-Māori of all age groups. We are here to assist you and your whānau to be as healthy as possible.

Ahakoa teitei te maunga ka taea te piki, ahakoa nunui ngā ngaru o te tai, ka pakaru te ihu iti o te waka.

Your health is important to us!
Together, no matter how high the  mountain we can scale it. No matter how high the waves of the sea the  prow of the little canoe will break through it.
When you use the services of Ngā Kākano, you are protected by the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights.

You can also view more about your Rights HERE:


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