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Te Puea Winiata - Keynote Speaker
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Walking Backwards into the Future


We often hear the adage ‘It takes a community to raise a child’ but we have been slow to acknowledge that the best environment to nurture our whānau ‘to get well, live well and stay well’, is through active involvement from differenct agencies and professions.


Whānau ora through a coaltion of providers working in a Collective Impact Alliance model of care is creating more meaningful outcomes for whānau whilst having an eye on the social and economic return on investment.


This return on investment may be improved by simply making better use of what we have as we refocus on building health literacy and self- determination in our communities .........


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Te Puea Winiata
Turuki Health Care


Te Puea Winiata is of Ngati Ranginui descent with Tainui affiliations and was brought up in a single parent family of five children in South Auckland.


Te Puea trained as an Addictions Counsellor and later as a Care and Protection Social Worker to move into a role of Senior Social Work Competency Practitioner before moving into management about 25 years ago. She managed Community Alcohol and Drug services including a methadone service in South Auckland for Waitemata Health. While there she led the development of a kaupapa Maori Addiction service, Te Atea Marino.


Working in the Ministry of Health as a Senior Analyst for 3 years and then returning to the mental health and addictions sector, she also managed a number of regional mental health and addictions workforce development initiatives and involved in national scholarship programmes.


Te Puea has been involved in Te Rau Matatini from its inception and is currently the Chair of Te Rau Matatini Company Board of Directors– the national Maori Mental Health and Addictions Workforce Development Centre. She is also community representative on two committees for the Royal Australasian College of Psychiatrists and has a passion for increasing access for whanau to quality primary mental health services.


Moving into Primary Care in 2009 as a private consultant, she was appointed to CEO of Turuki Health Care in 2010 which is an NGO providing integrated health and social services to people and their families in South Auckland. Turuki has its own Pharmacy and opened a new GP clinic in Panmure which delivers satellite services at Ruapotaka Marae.


Along with PARS CEO Tui Ah Loo, together they were successful in their application to Foundation North to develop services for those who have been incarcerated and their whanau. The focus is not only to help individuals, but has a specific focus on tamariki to stop the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.

Te Puea Winiata

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