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Growing healthy
and thriving
rural communities

 Hauora Taiwhenua is a collective organisation to advocate for the health and wellbeing of rural New Zealanders. 

Join us at the National Rural Health Conference at Te Pae Convention Centre, Christchurch on 9-10 September 2022

Membership / Ngā roopū mema

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Chapters / Te Whare Taumata

Your benefits as a member

As a member of Hauora Taiwhenua Rural health Network, your benefits include:

  • Become part of a community
  • Network with like-minded individuals
  • Stay informed and share your ideas
  • Collaborate with us in our partnership approach to drive change for rural Māori
Advocacy hot topic / Tū ake kaupapa
Rural Health Careers / Ngā Mahi Hauora Taiwhenua

Rural Health Careers Promotion Programme

This programme, supported by the Ministry of Health, aims to promote rural health careers to all rural young people and inspire them to pursue careers in health. 

Recruitment / Ko Te Rēhita

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Work in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful rural locations.

Testimonials / Whakaaturanga a motu

The founding dozen GPs who came together as a group in Canterbury in 1987  for mutual support and to lobby various ministers of health about the paucity of rural services, conditions and funding to our respective communities, could never have imagined the extent of its evolution to Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network.  

The combined voices of NZ rural health communities, rural health providers and strong partnership with Maori is an exciting development, which presents our strongest united voice to Government. The first win is the last minute change of heart by Government, to recognize rural as an equity group and include a rural strategy into the new NZ health organisation. Fantastic achievement! 

-Dr Janne Bills, East Otago Health

This is your opportunity to be part of a strong advocacy voice for Rural General Practice which is backed up by the entire rural team including rural communities and  in partnership with Māori. We know that there are changes and challenges ahead, perhaps more now than ever before. Having been on NZRGPN Board for the last 12 years and still working as a rural GP I am well aware of these challenges. This is why I am excited that we have this opportunity. We know that our rural advocacy voice can never be strong enough on our own and also that Rural General Practice needs a specific focus on it in order to thrive. I believe being in this Chapter/Te Whare Taumata as part of Hauora Taiwhenua/Rural Health Network enables us to do this. Our advocacy has helped put “Rural” into the Pae Ora Healthy Futures Bill so that we will have a Rural Health Strategy for which there will be accountability. General Practice is a crucial part of this strategy, please join us to be part of how that develops so we can get great health outcomes for rural people in a sustainable way which values the workforce. 

-Dr Fiona Bolden