Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust

Registered Charitable Trust

Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust is a charitable trust formed in May 1992. The Trust operates under a deed that outlines its charitable aims and rules.

Charities Register »

The governing committee of the Trust comprises the following members:

  • 20 members elected by the community (two members from each of the ten clinic areas). Members are elected for a two-year term at the annual meetings held in each clinic community.
  • Up to four Iwi representatives. Two each representing Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi and Te Runanga o Te Rarawa.
  • Two staff representatives elected by the staff for a three term.
  • Up to four additional members can be co-opted by the Trust to address ethnic, geographic imbalance or to add further skills and knowledge the Trust.

Annual Report 2019/20

Our Annual Report for 2019/20 is available here for downloading to interested individuals and groups, researchers, funders and stakeholders. The report provides a comprehensive introduction to the Trust, its objectives and operations, as well as the detailed outcomes and performance for the year.


The report this year features on the cover a photograph taken at the entrance to our marae, Pou Kara Ariki, with the kaiako (teacher) and tauira (students) at our first rongoā wananga held during the year.

Current Members

The Chairman of the Trust is Frank Herbert from Pawarenga. Frank is involved in sporting and educational groups in his community, including Hato Maria Convent School, Pawarenga Resource Centre, and the Sir James Henare Research Unit.

The Deputy Chairman is Tony Birch from Omapere. Tony is a retired doctor and previous Medical Director for the Trust having worked for the Trust for 32 years.

The current members and the communities that they represent are:

Patricia IrvineBroadwood
Peter McClaishBroadwood (appointed)
Victoria BrownHoreke
Charlie NathanHoreke (appointed)
Celia DuffyKohukohu
Kelly WallaceKohukohu
Ngawai TusonMangamuka
Betty HarrisMangamuka
Gilda HessellOmapere
Katherine ClarkeOmapere
David MulesPanguru
Tania PaikeaPanguru
Liz WarrPawarenga
Frank HerbertPawarenga + Te Runanga o Te Rarawa
Jessie McVeaghRawene
Lis BowkerRawene
Shanan PrasadTaheke
Ada BrownTaheke
Marara Koroheke-RogersWaimamaku
Hiku CherringtonWaimamaku
Dr Tony BirchAppointed
Moriana WynyardAppointed
Helene LeafTe Runanga A Iwi o Ngapuhi
Linda PikariTe Runanga A Iwi o Ngapuhi
Mary KorewhaStaff
Norah ClausenStaff

The Vision

To be a centre of excellence for rural healthcare that is responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people of Hokianga.

Philosophy and Values »

Māori Health Provider

The Trust's health services are distinguished by the kaupapa of its model of care which is distinctively and uniquely Hokianga, Māori and community focussed.

Hauora Hokianga is acknowledged by the Ministry of Health and Northland District Health Board as being a Māori Health Provider. The Trust is an organisation owned and governed by Māori (but not exclusively Māori), that provides contracted health and disability services to a Māori (but not exclusively Māori) community.

18 of the board's current 26 members have Māori descent (70%). The Trust's rules require a greater than 50% Māori governorship at all times.


The Trust Meets Monthly

The Trust holds its monthly board meeting, usually on the last Tuesday of the month, starting at 9.30 am, at Whare Matauranga, Rawene Hospital. The meeting is open for community and public to attend.

The board first considers its strategic and forward planning issues before receiving reports from the CEO, Chair, Medical Director, clinical managers and Trust committees that have met during the month. A financial report and regular updates on risks and performance against planning objectives are also received.