Ngā Kākano wants every mokopuna (baby and child) to have the best start in life.

Ngā Kākano nurses and kaiāwhina can visit you in your home, at the marae, Kōhanga Reo/ Early Childcare Center, you can come to the Ngā Kākano clinic, or we can come to your workplace or wherever you feel comfortable.


Tamariki Ora provides well child services for pēpi from 4-6 weeks to 5 years of age. This service provides support and advice on health related issues and regular health checks in your home, Kōhanga Reo/ Early Childcare Center, at Ngā Kākano or wherever you feel comfortable. It is a free service. Your midwife can refer you or you can enrol at any time.
Enrol here [Direct to referral #ORF3 fill-able form]

The Tamariki Ora Well Child service will:
•   provide you with the knowledge and skills to respond to your child’s needs at the different stages of
    their development
•   provide reassurance that your child is developing normally, through growth and development
    assessments/ health core checks
•   inform you about, and provide immunisations
•   support and help you to identify your needs as a parent or whānau
•   link you with community and other services including wider Ngā Kākano services that can assist
    you and your whānau further.

“My older son received health checks and support from Ngā Kākano when he was a baby, and now our little one is part of Tamariki Ora. I appreciate how the Ngā Kākano Tamariki Ora nurses treat me like family, always welcoming and ready to help”

Māma Emma and baby Isiah


These checks include 17 core health checks, as well as a GP check at 6 weeks, from 4-6 weeks
to 5 years. They are all free.

Click here to find out more about what each check is about.


Please bring with you the Well Child Health Book you received when baby was born.

Produced by the Ministry of Health, this book has heaps of useful information and provides an ongoing health and immunisation record for your child. Keep the book somewhere safe and bring it with you every time you take your child to a health or Tamariki Ora appointment.

Ngā Kākano can provide replacements, if you lose your book or you can order or download a copy here.

For further tamariki and parenting resources click here.



Māmā Maia support Mums with breastfeeding. It should not be difficult or painful, we are here to help and support. We welcome the  involvement of partners and whānau as their support can be vital to breastfeeding success.

Ngā Kākano provides one on one support from other mothers as well as advice from a lactation consultant. Home visits and clinics are available. You are also able to join the FB Ngā Kākano Breastfeeding Online Community. This is a free service if you live in the Western Bay of Plenty. There is priority for Māori and high needs clients who face barriers to receiving adequate

We work in collaboration with a range of other providers and organisations such as BOPDHB Maternity and Public Health, Pirirakau Hauora, Plunket, Womb Midwifery care, La Leche League, midwives and Empowerment.

Ngā Kākano has contracted Poutiri Trust to deliver this service.  We are still accepting online referrals through our website.

Check out our Māmā Maia page

For breastfeeding and feeding your baby resources click here.



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